Two-night residency for Smyths at city venue

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Fred Zeppelin are always welcome visitors to The Flowerpot in Derby and this Friday’s (October 10) latest appearance should prove to be no different.

During their time together, Fred Zeppelin have had the honour of Led Zeppelin’s frontman Robert Plant attending three of their gigs and John Bonham’s son Jason even jammed with them on stage.

These are things the acclaimed tribute band is very proud of. It must surely also be the best recommendation any band could receive, and also assures any Led Zeppelin fans apprehensive about seeing The Fredz.

According to one of Kerrang!’s readers polls. Fred Zeppelin are among the top ten best live bands to see. Quite an achievement, as they were the only tribute band listed in any category.

Then, on Saturday, October 11, you can see the Larry Miller Band at the King Street venue, fronted by one of the country’s leading guitarists and most entertaining performers.

With his energetic and eclectic style, Larry brings a new dimension of showmanship to his performances.

After picking up his brother’s guitar and writing his first song the very same day, he felt his future lay in rock music. To begin with Larry decided to concentrate on blues rock: “For me, my moment of inspiration was seeing Rory Gallagher live, I had never experienced anything like it. So loud, so gloriously on the edge of total mayhem, yet Rory was still totally in control. How could I NOT do this too!”

Very quickly, Larry found his own style, and has been constantly refining it. Having just released his new album Unfinished Business, Larry is optimistic about the future: “I am beginning to move away from pure blues rock into a heavier rock style, and the new album reflects this move, it’s a really exciting album!”

Support on the night comes from Marc Eden, who fronts the fast rising rock outfit Peckham Cowboys. He will be performing solo, armed with just guitar and the blues.

Finally, you can enjoy performances by The Smyths as part of their two-day residency at the venue, taking place on Thursday, October 16 and Friday, October 17.

A hugely acclaimed tribute band to The Smiths, The Smyths present an accurate and thrilling show, capturing the legendary British band at their best, live, from 1982-1987.

The Flowerpot shows will see the band performing four complete albums in celebration of 30 years since the Smiths’s self-titled debut release. The Thursday show has full performances of The Smiths and The Queen Is Dead. On Friday they will be playing Hatful Of Hollow and Meat Is Murder in their entirety.

Every track from the LPs will be played in two special evenings along with all the classics including This Charming Man, Panic, How Soon Is Now and Big Mouth Strikes Again.

Doors open at 8pm for all gigs. Admission is £8 for Fred Zeppelin, £12 for Larry Miller Band, £10 for each night for The Smyths.

Advance tickets are available from The Flowerpot and RAW Promotions, as well as online at www.rawpromo.co.uk