THE BAND

DARIN LUGAR

// Drums & Vocals

 

Darin Lugar is the Singer and Drummer for the Led Zeppelin Musical Tribute band, Zeppapotapuss. Darin was born in Long Beach, CA and lived in San Diego, CA until the age of 6 when he moved to Mesa, AZ. After 2 years in Mesa, Darin started to learn to play drums but lost interest after about a year of lessons. Darin then fell in love with sports and didn’t play drums again until his Junior year of High School. Soon after high school he joined his first band.  Darin played drums for the bands, Ixtapa, Krystal Vision, Frankly Scarlett and Muscle until the late 1990’s. In 2001 Darin turned his attention to singing and fronting the bands Triple XL and Swinging Jezuz. Since 2014 Darin has combined the two talents into being the Singer and Drummer for the Best Led Zeppelin Music Tribute band in the world.  

GEORGE GONZALEZ

// Guitars & Vocals

 

George Gonzalez is the lead and rhythm guitar player for the Led Zeppelin tribute band, Zeppapotapuss.  George was born in Santa Fe, NM. Began playing guitar at age 12, and played in numerous bands throughout the Santa Fe, Albuquerque, and Las Cruces areas where he attended school studying chemistry, math and music. Upon completion of school at the age of 24, George moved to Mesa, Az. where he crossed paths with Darin Lugar and Jim King and joined the band Triple-XL. George has played in many bands in the Phoenix area, including fronting and playing guitar in the band Krutch. His other musical projects have included High Noon, and Broken Toys, amongst a few others. He remains musically busy with much fill in work, in and out of many musical projects from country, to blues, jazz, and rock. While rock had always been his focus in most of his playing career, his passion for the instrument has carried his talents to other types of playing as well, especially country. He is equally at home on a country stage or a rock stage. He is a true player who has a passion for playing well and playing with conviction.

JIM KING

// Bass & Vocals

 

Jim King is a singer/songwriter, born in upstate New York, raised in Connecticut and California until he moved to the Valley of the Sun in his senior year of high school.  He has been in numerous Arizona bands including Ravages of Time, Lizard Shake, Smakhead, Lazy Jade, Triple XL, the Mojo Farmers and now is the bass player for Zeppapotapuss.  His deep musical roots have led him to play bass & guitar with dozens of Arizona based musicians, across many genres over the years. The Zeppapotapuss project reflects not only his respect for the work of Led Zeppelin but his long-time friendships with the other members of Zeppapotapuss.

ANDREW CHIZMESHYA

// Keyboards, Guitars, Vocals & Visual Guru

 

Toronto native and keyboardist, Andrew Chizmeshya began honing his technical skills in an experimental piano program for 5-year-olds at the Royal Conservatory of Music, where he later completed his final performance and theory certifications in 1979. As a teenager his musical “soul” was ignited by hometown bands like Rush, Max Webster and Triumph while his musical “core” was wrought in the diverse cauldron of 70s genres with strong influences from the keyboard styles of Tony Banks, John Paul Jones, Jon Lord, Gregg Rolle and Bob Mayo. In 1992 Andrew moved to Phoenix where he has steadily performed as pianist and backing musician for various local bands and artists, including Robin Lore, Cait Brennan, the Jenny Lynn project, and most recently Chad Wilson Bailey. About ten years ago Andrew also began making regular appearances as a guitar, bass and keyboard player at the Yucca Tap Room, Tempe Tavern and Sail Inn as a member of the Zen Lunatics who originated the “live band karaoke” concept in Tempe. As a founding member of the band “Rockaroke”, formed from original members of the Zen Lunatics, Andrew has performed to a regular following every week at the Sail Inn from 2012-2014 and at Cactus Jacks in Ahwatukee since that time.  Recently Andrew joined Zeppapotapuss on keyboards – a challenging but incredibly rewarding task which requires him to draw on every ounce of his background and abilities.

BILL MAST

// Guitars

 

Bill is the other lead and Rhythm guitar player in Zeppapotapuss. Bill is in an Arizona native and has played guitar in various rock and blues bands since the 1990’s. Bill studied music at Mesa Community college and has most recently played in his original band,” The Grovers” before joining Zeppapotapuss in late 2018. Bill counts Jimmy Page as a primary inspiration as a guitar player from a young age. Bill lives in Mesa, AZ with his wife and 4 kids.