Words by: Pat Knibbs :: Images by: Steven Swanson

Bustle In Your Hedgerow :: 03.02.07 :: Abbey Pub :: Chicago, IL

Bustle In Your Hedgerow :: 03.02 :: Chicago
Evoking their inner Swan Song, Bustle In Your Hedgerow [Joe Russo and Marco Benevento (The Duo) with Scott Metzger (RANA) and Dave Dreiwitz (Ween)] ripped through two intense sets of instrumentalized Led Zeppelin that left the capacity crowd sweaty and exhausted.

Russo's fierce rolling drums on the opener "The Wanton Song" set the tone for the night. His thunderous, polyrhythmic chokehold kept the jam tight as Benevento's Wurlitzer stood in for Robert Plant's vocal melodies on this deep cut. Using an arsenal of keyboards, Benevento's interpretation of the vocal lines was remarkably solid all night long.

Scott Metzger - Bustle :: 03.02 : Chicago
Audience participation at this show was unavoidable; I even caught myself lip-syncing at times. During "Ramble On" and "The Ocean" the reaction was a little overwhelming but surprisingly not annoying. Benevento appeared motivated by the response and turned the stage's lone microphone towards the crowd during the "la-la-la" section of "The Ocean." It was nakedly evident that both the quartet and the audience shared a deep appreciation for these songs and Led Zeppelin in general.

Though much of the material was tightly scripted, there were several moments of impressive improvisation. For example, during "The Ocean' the band broke into a nasty reggae breakdown for several measures. Energy was also a critical factor, and the constant give and take between the players and audience was rabid. A scorching "Communication Breakdown" featured two feisty solos, a Jimmy Page-like shred by Metzger followed by a face-melting Benevento solo on Wurlitzer, which he transformed into a key-tar for his best Page impersonation. The boys even played some blues for Chicago on an organ-laden "You Shook Me."

Bustle In Your Hedgerow :: 03.02 : Chicago
The second set was also remarkably solid until the PA system began to malfunction. After a killer "Whole Lotta Love," which was unfortunately plagued with several sharp volume shifts, Benevento snatched the microphone and snarled, "Fuck the PA! We'll play without it!" At this point they all turned up their stage rigs and rocked even harder than before. Russo and Dreiwitz were completely in sync all night. They kept each song tight and allowed Benevento and Metzger room to run. Relentless until the end, Bustle closed the night with a double encore of "What Is and What Should Never Be" and the rousing Viking chant "Immigrant Song."

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msb696 starstarstarstarstar Sat 3/24/2007 10:01AM
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We need a full tour!!!

Detroit Funk starstarstar Sat 3/24/2007 10:02AM
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Detroit Funk

Pretty Accurate review. fun night. if only the bouncers at the abbey didn't start to physically push people out before it was even 2 am..

mackaka starstarstarstarstar Sat 3/24/2007 11:19AM
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Sick show. I wish they had gone off on more imrov jams though, since all band members were obviously capable of melting our faces. Still, sick.

rulosa01 starstarstarstarstar Sat 3/24/2007 12:56PM
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Marcsmall Sat 3/24/2007 04:45PM
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Saw them in Boulder. The show was decent. Only problem was that Scott Metzger is a below average guitar player, especially for this type of material. He had a really tough time hitting the note. There are so many other guitar players out there who can just tear this stuff to pieces. As for Marco and Joe, I think they are as talented as anyone out there. The Bass player was decent but didn't really do anything to stand out. I'm sure I will get a ton of people on here who tell me how great Metzger is and all that crap. Only problem is that most of the kids these days have never been exposed to any truly GREAT guitar players who can just sit back and rip it like there's no tommorow. Just goes to show that the era of the hard rock/blues guitar has come to pass.

"Gone are the days we stopped to decide
Where we should go
We just ride"
-Robert Hunter

Detroit Funk Sun 3/25/2007 07:29AM
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Detroit Funk

marc, so in your opinion, who would fit this band better? who is a truely great guitar player? i feel metzger is the only guitarist out there right now that could even tackle zeppelin songs. everyone else is all about being funky and face melting, metzger just rocks out. i'm not a huge metzger fan, i was happy when he split from particle, cause he didn't fit there, but to say the dude is crap is bullshit. lets see you bust out 15 zeppelin songs marc..

Marcsmall Sun 3/25/2007 08:29AM
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rejunk--Ok, here it goes: Jimmy Herring, Billy Gilmore, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Sam Holt, Warren Haynes, Dave Stoltz, Jeff Mattson, and many other local players around the country who might not be involved in the trendy "jamband" scene which truly limits what one is exposed to.....Metzger was struggling at best.

mreezal Sun 3/25/2007 04:30PM
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i saw em in august at the abbey with bayliss, and that was off the chain. stop complaining, i dont think the duo would pick below average players to pull off zep

Marcsmall Sun 3/25/2007 06:28PM
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Nobody's complaining. It's just that some people do not understand criticism. Why should every comment on here be about kissing the ass of some act who cannot interpret the material. Some people are just honest and get viewed as negative. This is not Nazi Germany. We have a right to our opinions. If every comment was just to lick the anus of the performers, why even have this section? You people on here treat all these performers the way Fox News treats President Bush. If you cannot be honest on a site like thi, where can you be? No need to just sugar coat everything because you took too much MDMA one night and lost all perspective.

BGsteveBG starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/25/2007 09:38PM
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I had a ticket to this show.. got sent to washington d.c. for work.. very pissed about that.

And the security at abbey pub is a bunch of powertripping douches.

knibbs starstarstarstarstar Sun 3/25/2007 10:18PM
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well marcsmall1 you've sort of got a point, but Metzger was pretty sharp that night. Sure they could have brought in some heavy hitter, but the focus was on their interpretation of the songs and not on the individuals. This was an intense night, and since I don't use MDMA I'm sure my focus and perspective was not lost here. I appreciate the feedback though.

Detroit Funk Sun 3/25/2007 10:19PM
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Detroit Funk

I think it's ridiculous that you think warren haynes could have pulled this off better than metzger. in my opinion he is one of the most over rated guitarists around. When you're talking blues, okay he can sing and play guitar.. but led zeppelin was NOT a blues band, they just stole all the blues riffs and played them loud and hard..which is what Bustle did. One thing about this band, the members were all heavily influenced by zeppelin. You can't just take a bunch of stellar guitarists and throw them in a band because they have chops, they have to feel the music...this is a coverband after, theres not entirely too much room to be creative.

Detroit Funk Sun 3/25/2007 10:21PM
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Detroit Funk

word, i wasn't on mdma that night either. that was all the freaks walking around with sunglasses on.

kaiserbun starstarstar Mon 3/26/2007 05:34AM
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any good professional guitar player could pull this off if they prepared for it. i knew a guy in high school that could play any zeppelin song he wanted after he learned it. it becomes different if they are stretching it out into their own style. i'm sure metzger was fine, but i would have to go with marcsmall's opinion if it turned into more of an improv thing. you must not be a guitar player rejunkulous, because that statement about warren haynes being overrated is pretty absurd.

Detroit Funk Mon 3/26/2007 08:02AM
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funkyriddims starstarstar Mon 3/26/2007 09:03AM
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Led Zeppelin not a blues band? They pretty much took the Robert Johnson catalogue and electrified it. I dont know how you can say they wern't a blues band.

BGsteveBG starstarstarstarstar Mon 3/26/2007 09:58AM
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Lets all agree that Joe Russo is the man to play bonham

Marcsmall Mon 3/26/2007 10:06AM
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BG---ytou are right on with that one...And Matt Abst ain't too shabby either!

kaiserbun Mon 3/26/2007 10:11AM
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agree with BG, and with rejunkulous about warren haynes being one of the ugliest men in music.

Marcsmall Mon 3/26/2007 10:16AM
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Who cares how ugly he is? I guess you guys think that Mike Gordon and Phil Lesh are runway models.

the Horse Mon 3/26/2007 01:32PM
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the Horse

Metzger is very good, but he could not hold anyone who has ever played guitar with the Allman Brothers jock. Duane, Dickey, Dangerous Dan Toler, Warren, Jack Pearson, Jimmy, Derek. Enough said on that.

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uhh derek? mr jones4cr?

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstar Tue 3/27/2007 05:25AM
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I would have enjoyed this show I am sure.. peas

loseruser Tue 3/27/2007 09:17AM
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When Bayliss stepped in for Metzger this summer... people complained that he wasn't as good as Metzger's last performance with Bustle at the Subterranean show. Now people are complaining and saying Metzger isn't as good as Bayliss? man... this website sure has a lot of haters.

Marcsmall Tue 3/27/2007 10:29AM
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So now anyone who is the least bit critical and doesn't blindly lick the anus of certain musicians is a hater?
Man, sounds just like the republicans calling people who don't support George Bush "unamerican" or "traitors"

Open Your Mind, kid.

rpmills starstarstarstarstar Tue 3/27/2007 03:24PM
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Marcsmall didn't like, some did. Sweet!!! Who gives a fuck anyway. Nobody reads these posts except for the posers who write them (obviously including me)!!!!

I've got the Subterranean show on my iPod and bump every now and then. Just grabbed tix for their show in SF. Need to see this myself to get my own perspective.

Only seen Metzger with his brief stint with Particle. Been into the Duo for years now I don't see how this will suck.

DFM(Deuce Funk Monsters) starstarstarstarstar Wed 3/28/2007 09:03AM
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DFM(Deuce Funk Monsters)

Awsome review you couldn't of been more rightous in your kind hippy words. so awsome for someone to share those kind vibes with everyone.

daveapaug Thu 3/29/2007 04:16PM
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How can anyone say zeppelin wasn't a blues band? Have you ever heard led zeppelin? At least half of every album was the blues. I have heard (read) some pretty lame and uninformed comments on this site, but that takes the cake.

p.s. the first comment was the best: we need a full tour

giantreed Sun 4/1/2007 08:09PM
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when did checking out music become like playing fantasy baseball? it blows my mind that so many fans are trying to finagle a better hitting SS for their favorite bands. scott metzger, warren haynes, brendan bayliss, all very talented guitarists with different styles. i would only use a first round pick on cinninger, scofield, or fareed though.

waster Mon 4/2/2007 10:43AM
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There are some confusing comments here. Led Zep was not a JAMBAND. It's just rock n' roll, that's all.
LED ZEP>All of you.