LIVE: Super 400 with Sean Matthew Whiteford and Chris Carey, performing the music of Led Zeppelin @ Cohoes Music Hall, 10/08/2022

COHOES – Super 400 blew the roof off the venerable Cohoes Music Hall Saturday night with two dynamite sets of music made popular by rock behemoths Led Zeppelin.

Super 400 with Sean Matthew Whiteford (photo by Leif Zurmuhlen)

The veteran Troy band, comprising Kenny Hohman (guitar, vocals), Lori Friday (bass, vocals), and Joe Daley (drums), was augmented on this occasion by lead vocalist Sean Matthew Whiteford and Chris Carey on keyboards and harmonica. 

Friday commented early in the set that they had worked hard on this concept, and that was plain to see. The band plus guests essayed what is some of the most formidable and difficult music to play and sing in the hard rock canon with commendable verve and confidence.

Sean Matthew Whiteford with Super 400 (photo by Leif Zurmuhlen)

Whiteford was a ball of energy, bouncing around the stage, handling the power and range of the repertoire with bravado. Hohman was just astounding, peeling off those classic riffs with apparent ease, his fingers flying over the frets with fierce fiery freedom. Friday kept a churning and unrelenting bottom end surging throughout whilst Daley battered his kit into submission with the very incendiary invocation of the late John Bonham. Carey supplied admirable support with subtle and appropriate keyboard and harmonica work.

The gig had been initially advertised as Super 400 playing the first Led Zeppelin album in its entirety, and indeed that’s what the first set was. You can’t really miss with the opening shot of “Good Times Bad Times”, which introduced Led Zeppelin to the world in 1969. The stop-start kicking-your-door-down Jimmy Page guitar riffs, combined with Bonham’s depth charge drum assaults were irresistible then and have proved to be to this day. Super 400 thundered into it and remained in the groove all night, buoyed by the ecstatic response from a near-capacity crowd. When Hohman played the violin bow solo in “Dazed and Confused” and the band kicked in after the pause with THAT riff, I got chills. This writer was lucky enough to witness the genuine article twice (Earls Court 1975 and Knebworth 1979), and let me tell you, in that moment Super 400 matched them in intensity and energy.

Super 400 with Sean Matthew Whiteford (photo by Leif Zurmuhlen)

After a slinky “How many more times” Friday announced that the band would return with more Zeppelin in a second set. OK with me! Happily, they did not rely on a predictable greatest hits tune stack (no “Stairway to Heaven” thank gawd), but rocked out on some deep cuts. (“No Quarter?” “The Ocean?” Cool.) Hohman and Friday even brought their nine-year-old daughter Ellie out to bash out the iconic drum pattern of “When the Levee Breaks.”

They finished with the drum showcase “Moby Dick” and the audience howled for more. They were then rewarded with a hammering version of “Whole Lotta Love”.

Two things were evident by the end of this fine concert.

Led Zeppelin were the real deal.

Super 400 are the real deal. A titanic display. 

EDITOR’S NOTE – For a second take on the night by Ellie Friday-Hohman, click here.

Super 400 with Sean Matthew Whiteford and Chris Carey (photo by Leif Zurmuhlen)

Setlist (all songs written and/or arranged by Led Zeppelin unless noted)

  • Good Times Bad Times
  • Babe, I’m gonna leave you
  • You shook me (Willie Dixon)
  • Dazed and Confused
  • Your time is gonna come
  • Guitar improv (Super 400)
  • Black Mountain Side
  • Communication Breakdown
  • Bass solo (Super 400)
  • I can’t quit you baby (Willie Dixon)
  • How many more times

Intermission

  • Immigrant Song
  • Immigrant Jam (Super 400)
  • The Ocean
  • When the Levee Breaks
  • Thank You
  • No Quarter
  • Out on the tiles (intro)
  • Black Dog
  • Moby Dick

Encore

  • Whole Lotta Love

Photo Gallery by Leif Zurmuhlen

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