Posted February 2022
The video you're about to watch of my interview with Beth Hart is my fifth interview with her. Every time I talk with this amazing, musically gifted woman, I just love her more and more as a fan.
As big of a fan that I am of hers, I am also blown away by her resilience. Beth been through a lot. Each time she comes through with flying colors, and it always comes out in her music. So, with this being my fifth interview, we just flew fast and loose in our chat to both catch up on things as well as about her incredible new album, “A Tribute To Led Zeppelin”.
I recorded this interview around the first of December and as of this posting, the album will come out on February 25th. I’ve already listened to it a bunch more times than I already had by the time of the interview with Beth. On it she covers some of the most phenomenal Led Zeppelin tunes that we all know and love . . . and she does it her way.
And she has done them in the most amazing ways.
This is not hype.
That is honest to goodness truth.
If you love Led Zeppelin, and if you love Beth Hart, this is going to be a phenomenal album for you to own. The press release for the album is under the interview video.
If you've never heard Beth Hart, this is a great album for you to get introduced to her on. It's a little bit of a departure from her normal work because she's normally a blues rocker type.
After you watch the interview video below, please share it with your friends and family. Then, pre-order Beth’s new album by clicking on the album cover image on this page. You can follow her at her website - BethHart.com, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
The Boomerocity Interview With Beth Hart
The nine track album highlights the incredible musical spectrum that Led Zeppelin operated in. At the helm was super-producer Rob Cavallo (Green Day, Linkin Park, My Chemical Romance) and engineer Doug McKean (Goo Goo Dolls, Adam Lambert). The A-list musicians include Cavallo on guitar along with Tim Pierce (Bruce Springsteen, Tina Turner); on bass was Chris Chaney (Rob Zombie, Slash);on keyboards was Jamie Muhoberac (Bob Dylan, Rolling Stones); on drums was Dorian Crozier (Celine Dion, Miley Cyrus, Joe Cocker), and Matt Laug played drums on Stairway To Heaven (Alanis Morissette, Alice Cooper). Orchestral arrangements were by David Campbell (Muse, Beyoncé). All that was left was the final piece of the puzzle... the voice.
Things clicked into place when Cavallo was producing Hart's previous album, War In My Mind (2019), and she did an impromptu version of "Whole Lotta Love" in the studio. He later asked about doing a whole record. Beth said, "I'm not doing this whole album. To do Zeppelin, you've got to be pissed off to hit that right. I can't go there; I've worked years to put my rage away."
She continues, "then the pandemic and all the things around it hit. So now I'm pissed off. I called my manager and said, have Rob and Doug send me all the music because I am ready to do this."
If you were to rewind, you could say the story for a Led Zeppelin album started further back; in May 2004 Hart prowled the stage at the Paradiso in Amsterdam for an incendiary performance of "Whole Lotta Love". The song became a semi-regular fixture in her setlist over the years, including a memorable performance with Slash.
As a child, the sound of "Black Dog" traveled from Beth's neighbor's house into her orbit. Her brother introduced her to the heavy rock of Zeppelin and Black Sabbath. Her major-label debut came on Atlantic with the 1996 release of Immortal. The same label introduced Led Zeppelin to the world in 1969.
Earlier on in Beth's career, former VP of Led Zeppelin's Swan Song label, Alan Callan, recommended Beth contact Jeff Beck to work together. Hart and Beck have gone on to form a beautiful friendship. Beck and Jimmy Page are also friends, and for a while, bandmates in The Yardbirds. After Beck's departure from the band, they would eventually become Led Zeppelin.
After her phenomenal performance at the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors for Buddy Guy, she received a standing ovation from Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones.
It's fitting that "Whole Lotta Love" is the opening song of the album. From there, it's a non-stop journey through "Kashmir", an enchanting version of "Stairway to Heaven" to a James Brown-esque funky strut of "The Crunge." Inspired medleys "Dancing Days/When The Levee Breaks" and "No Quarter/Babe I'm Gonna Leave You Now" stand on both sides of "Black Dog." The penultimate song, "Good Times Bad Times" leads into the orchestral ballad "The Rain Song," which closes the album.
Talking about the music and legacy of Zeppelin, she says, "it's so beautifully done, it's timeless. It will go on forever. Sometimes people come along, and they're from another planet, and they make these pieces of art which will forever be."
Hart is recognized as one of her generation's most talented voices. She has sold out tours worldwide, including performances at historic venues such as Nashville's Ryman Auditorium, London's Royal Albert Hall, and the Ziggo Dome in Amsterdam. She's topped the Billboard Blues charts six times, gone double platinum and had a string of Top 10 charting albums across Europe.
On a final thought, Beth pauses and reflects to say, "this Zeppelin album allowed me to get all my rage out, and for that, I'm really grateful."The Grammy-nominated powerhouse vocalist Beth Hart takes on one of her most profound undertakings to date by channelling the legendary voice of Robert Plant on A Tribute To Led Zeppelin. The album will be released on February 25 via Provogue/Mascot Label Group and will be available digitally, CD, and LP (Black vinyl, Orange transparent vinyl, and Splatter red gold vinyl).
- Whole Lotta Love
- Stairway To Heaven
- The Crunge
- Dancing Days / When The Levee Breaks (Medley)
- Black Dog
- No Quarter / Babe I'm Gonna Leave You (Medley)
- Good Times Bad Times
- The Rain Song