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  • In The Light to paint Arden Gild Hall with ‘Physical Graffiti’

  • Formed for the sole purpose of paying homage to Led Zeppelin’s classic, double-disc album “Physical Graffiti,” Wilmington-area band In The Light will cover the entire album at the Arden Gild Hall.


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  • Formed for the sole purpose of paying homage to Led Zeppelin’s classic, double-disc album “Physical Graffiti,” Wilmington-area band In The Light will cover the entire album at the Arden Gild Hall.
    The tribute concert begins at 7 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14.
    In The Light drummer Matt Urban, of Marshallton, spoke to the Community News about walking in the shoes of one of the greatest drummers of all time: Zeppelin’s John Bonham. 
    IF YOU GO
    WHAT In The Light’s ‘Physical Graffiti’ tribute
    WHEN 8 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14
    WHERE Arden Gild Hall2126 The Highway, Arden
    COST $12 members; $15 non-members
    INFO ardenclub.org or call 475-3126
    Q How did this “Physical Graffiti” tribute concert come about? And why did In The Light decide to cover this album?
    A I, and many people, have often felt that… “Physical Graffiti” is a double album. The first disc has a lot of big songs that people know; the second disc has more kind of rare and obscure stuff. A lot of people who are Zeppelin fans consider that to be one of their most interesting and kind of exciting musical excursions in where they went with some of those songs. Part of why I wanted to do this is to bring some of that stuff forth. People know big songs like “Kashmere.” Not many people outside of those that are diehard Led Zeppelin fans know stuff like “Down by the Seaside” or “In the Light.”
    Q What’s your favorite song on the album?
    A It’s changed so much in the time we have been working on it; it has rotated around a number of [songs]. If I had to sum one up, the one that has struck me the most is “Ten Years Gone.” I think it’s a moving piece of music. I think it’s different for a Led Zeppelin song. You think of big songs: “Rock and Roll,” “Kashmere” and “Stairway to Heaven.” [“Ten Years Gone”] is a gentle song but it has a deep meaning and speaks of the passage of time.
    ABOUT URBAN
    Name Matt Urban
    Age 43
    Residence Marshallton
    Education B.F.A. University of Delaware
    Talent Drummer
    Q What has been the most difficult song to master?
    A I think one of the ones that’s probably the most challenging – that I’m also most excited about – is “In the Light,” because there’s a whole extended two-minute-long keyboard piece in the beginning that really sets the tone for the whole thing. And then it’s really tricky to get the right feel. It’s one thing to just plod through the song, but there’s something about the song that it’s both aggressive and restrained at the same time; it’s really moody. It’s one thing to play a song like “Custard Pie.” “Custard Pie” is a straight up rocker. Even “In My Time of Dying,” once you know the arrangement, once you get the patterns down, it’s not really tough to reproduce it. But something like “In the Light,” to get a faithful rendition of it is really challenging.
    Page 2 of 2 - Q What’s it like being John Bonham?
    A It’s awesome [laughs]. The really interesting thing is that I’m self-taught; I picked up drumming late. I didn’t own a drum kit until 1991; I was graduating college. There’s been this kind of slowly-growing-into-by-competency-and-capability as a drummer. And I think probably about five or six years ago, I set my sights on something and said: “If I can find a way to end up kind of, somewhere, in between John Bonham of Led Zeppelin and Billy Kreutzmann of the Grateful Dead – if I could sit somewhere in between those two worlds and have the Bonham groove and bombast and the Kreutzmann pocket and kind of jazzy kind of feel – that’s where I’d like to be as a drummer.” And that’s kind of where I’ve gotten and I’m pretty proud to say that, because it’s been a lot of time and energy put into this.
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