Michael White & The White

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Michael White & The White is an American hard rock combo and occasional Led Zeppelin cover band, formed around singer Michael White.

White started his career in 1973, when he played with Los Angeles-based The Boyz, in a line-up which included Mick Brown and George Lynch (both of later Dokken fame). He is further credited as being a vocalist in early incarnations of London and Mötley Crüe.[1]

White formed The White in 1977 with guitarist Lanny Cordola (of Giuffria, House of Lords). Since then The White has toured extensively through North America and Europe.[2] The band received positive reviews, including from the Toronto Star which claimed they were "remarkably similar to the legendary Led Zeppelin...combining strong visual impersonations with a solid and accurate sound."[3]

In 1986 Robert Plant of Led Zeppelin assisted in securing White a recording contract with Atlantic Records.[4][5] The debut album was recorded at Musicland Studios in Munich Germany (where Led Zeppelin recorded their Presence album) with legendary producer Reinhold Mack at the board. The album was well received, earning a five "K" review from Derek Oliver of Kerrang magazine.[6] The album featured W.A.S.P. guitarist Randy Piper, Alan St Johns of the Billy Squier band, Bobby Chouinard of the Gary Moore band and Danny Bilan of Moxy.[7] The White then recorded two CDs for the Griffin Music label: Michael White/The White (1990) and Michael White Plays the Music of Led Zeppelin (1994), which were later re-released as a double-album under the title A Tribute To Led Zeppelin - Studio Sessions, Volume One & Volume Two.[citation needed]

White has been a regular performer and guest on Toronto's Q107 rock radio station's Derringer show.[8]

In 2005 Cleopatra Records approached White to record on a Led Zeppelin tribute album entitled "Led Box" which also featured Eric Bloom of Blue Öyster Cult, Pat Travers, Joe Lynn Turner (of Rainbow), Rick Derringer, Rick Wakeman (Yes), Steve Morse (Deep Purple) and Keith Emerson (ELP).[9]

In 2009 White created "Orchestral Zeppelin" and toured around Canada performing with volunteer orchestras in each city.[10][11]


  1. ^ The Dirt: Confessions of the World's Most Notorious Rock Band, by Mötley Crüe and Neil Strauss (pp. 36–37), ISBN 0-06-098915-7
  2. ^ Kerrang! magazine, June 1992: "The Los Angeles-based band have performed their 'Live musical tribute to Led Zeppelin' to over 2.5 million people in the US and Canada in the course of some 2,000 shows."
  3. ^ Toronto Star Nov 8 1983
  4. ^ Saultstar.com
  5. ^ Metal Archives
  6. ^ Kerrang review Archived 2014-11-02 at the Wayback Machine.
  7. ^ Kerrang - #152 Aug. 1988
  8. ^ Toronto Star
  9. ^ Q107 Rock Report.
  10. ^ Cashbox Canada
  11. ^ Kitchener Record

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