8/21/11

GET THE LED OUT TO FEATURE HENRY SMITH, YARDBIRDS AND LED ZEPPELIN LONG TIME ASSOCIATE & ROAD MANAGER

...And now a word from GET THE LED OUT, who is sponsoring the September Yardbirds' tour in the United States! The contact for the GET THE LED OUT radio show is Denny Somach (610-446-7100, denny@dennysomach.com. The web site is http://www.ledzeponline.com. Note that I'm your contact for The Yardbirds, Denny's your man for the radio show!

Denny Somach Productions (DSP) today announced that it would feature an exclusive interview with Led Zeppelin and Yardbirds' associate Henry Smith. Excerpts will be featured on Carol Miller's Get the Led Out radio show during the week of August 22, 2011. Currently back with the reformed Yardbirds, Smith will be overseeing their fall tour, which commences in September.

Carol Miller's Get the Led Out will also serve as the national tour sponsor and help to get the word out when
the legendary Yardbirds begin playing concerts mostly in the Northeast, West Coast and Hawaii. GTLO affiliated stations will be able to tie in with shows and include VIP seats, unique merchandise giveaways and a meet and greet. The tour includes two New York City area dates at BB Kings on September 7 and the NYCB Theatre at Westbury, on September 9.

The current Yardbirds include founding members and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees, Jim McCarty and Chris Dreja. The two were responsible for many of the classic Yarbirds hits including, Shapes of Things, Over Under Sideways Down, Happenings Ten Years Time Ago, Heart Full Of Soul, and For Your Love. Rounding out the band is Andy Mitchell, lead vocals, harmonica; Ben King, lead guitar; and David Smale, bass guitar.

Smith was a concert promoter in the New England area in the late '60s, and used to put a band called the Chain Reaction on as opening act. That band included one of his best friends, Steven Tallarico. One of those concerts was with the Yardbirds, which is how he first met Jimmy Page. In the early seventies he left his job with Led Zeppelin to work for a new band that his friend Steven Tallarico was launching. Tallarico also changed his name to Steven Tyler and the band was called Aerosmith.

“Henry's stories are unique and for the most part unheard,” said producer Denny Somach, “and he is one
of the best behind the scenes guests we have ever had on the radio program.” According to Smith, “my role with Zeppelin was, I was hired by Jimmy to be a roadie. I didn't have anything to do with the business affairs, and I didn't have anything to do with booking. I was involved in my job and I was involved in the fun.”

Carol Miller's Get the Led Out is a programming package of long and short-form features hosted by New York Radio legend Carol Miller. Affiliates are provided a one-hour weekly program and five weekly short features that can double as podcasts, all of which examine the career of the band that is generally acknowledged as the greatest hard rock band of all time, Led Zeppelin.

The program is about to celebrate its second anniversary and airs on over 100 radio stations including WAXQ in New York and KLOS in Los Angeles.

Carol Miller is one of the longest-running New York radio personalities, from years at WPLJ and WNEW and currently Clear Channel's WAXQ-FM. She began her career as a rock jock at WMMR, Philadelphia. She has hosted numerous nationally and internationally distributed radio specials and TV like Entertainment Tonight, VH-1 and is in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. She is an acknowledged expert on Led Zeppelin, and has interviewed the surviving members numerous times over the years.

The program is distributed by United Stations Radio Network. It is produced by Denny Somach Productions. Andy Denemark serves as executive producer for USRN.

Denny Somach Productions maintains one of the largest archives of classic rock content and has
a long history of creating some of the most memorable programs in rock radio. DSP produced feature programming for NBC's The Source, NBC Radio Entertainment, ABC Radio, CBS, MTV and the highly acclaimed award winning Beatles program, Ticket to Ride. Most recently Denny Somach founded the Classic Rock Society of America.

United Stations Radio Networks, Inc., is the nation's leading independently owned and operated radio network. The company currently distributes and produces dozens of format specific programs and services to nearly 4500 rated radio stations across the country including Adult Contemporary, Album Rock, County, Contemporary Hit, Oldies, Country, Smooth Jazz, Urban and Talk. Carol Miller's Get the Led Out joins USRN's other rock programming which includes Nights with Alice Cooper, The House of Hair with Dee Snider, Racing Rocks with Riki Rachtman among others. The New York-based company was founded in 1994 by radio pioneers Dick Clark and Nick Verbitsky.

THE YARDBIRDS ON TOUR

Sept. 1: Summer Music Series, Springfield, MA
Sept. 2: Infinity Hall, Norfolk, CT
Sept. 3: Tupelo Music Hall, White River Junction, VT
Sept. 4: Tupelo Music Hall, Londonerry, NH
Sept. 5 Wolf Den, Mohegan Sun Casino, Uncasville, CT
Sept. 7 BB Kings, New York, NY
Sept. 8: Penn's Peak, Jim Thorpe, PA
Sept. 9: NYCB Theatre at Westbury, Westbury, NY
Sept. 10: Parilla Center, Rockville, MD
Sept. 11: Rams Head, Annapolis, MD
Sept. 15: New Showroom, Hawaiian Brians, Honolulu, HI
Sept. 16: Maui Arts and Cultural Center, Maui, HI
Sept. 17: Honoka Peoples Theatre, Big Island, HI
Sept. 21 Key Club, Hollywood, CA
Sept. 22: Coachhouse, Santa Ana, CA
Sept. 23: Canyon Club, Agoura Hills, CA

http://yardbirds.us/
http://www.theyardbirds.com

1 comment:

Sam Corlis said...

I remember Henry Smith's 21st Birthday in Fairfield. Steve Tallarico was there. I had been invited to the home by Henry's sister, Marianna, who was my roomate in school. Interesting times, I must say