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Album Review

Still doin' it for the faithful, Dread Zeppelin's 2005 collection of leftovers, remixes, and live tracks finds the band as fun as ever and doing just fine. The audio portion of Chicken and Ribs adds up to an EP's worth of music with one track repeated, but it hangs together well and offers a couple sounds you won't hear in the band's live show. "Kashmir" gets an ambient house-influence mix while "Immigrant Song" is tranced out. X's Billy Zoom contributes some guitar to the title track, the band does a loose and laid-back take on "Kung Fu Fighting," and "Viva Las Vegas" appears twice, once in its version for the television show American Casino. Good, fun stuff, but it's the extra DVD that should make fans extra happy. Captured live at the Milwaukee Summerfest of 2003 — on the too-appropriate Piggly Wiggly stage — the band rattles off all their best Zeppelin-inna-reggae-Elvis style with extra oomph and some seriously shredding guitar. It's great to watch the audience respond as lead singer Tortelvis gives them "the claw," and while the backstage footage is hilarious, one wishes the audio quality for the concert was a notch better. It's passable, and with so much Dread Zeppelin mischief in one little package, Chicken and Ribs is an easy recommendation.

Biography

Formed: Pasadena, CA

Genre: Rock

Years Active: '80s, '90s, '00s

Dread Zeppelin channeled the musical spirits of Led Zeppelin, Elvis Presley, and Bob Marley to create tongue-in-cheek novelty rock heartily endorsed by no less an authority than Robert Plant himself. Led by one Tortelvis -- a 300-pound Elvis impersonator born Greg Tortell -- the lineup also included guitarists Jah Paul Jo (Joe Ramsey) and Carl Jah (Carl Haasis), bassist Butt-Boy (Gary Putman), percussionist Ed Zeppelin (Bryant Fernandez), and drummer Fresh Cheese (Paul Masselli); playing their debut...
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