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Sat. April 24th 2010
Victoria Music Hall of Fame Dance and Fundraiser Lightning Express, Cruel Shoes Rock N' Blues Band
Sat. May 8th 2004
Soprano's (No Minors)
"Boogie at The Brown Jug" Slam, Morning Star, Lightning Express
Lightning Express

Lightning Express

Confirmed: Feb. 11, 2016 (Awaiting Update)

from Victoria BC
Past Shows (3)
Tracks (4)

The Lightning Express was founded in 1967 by guitarist Len Siemens who discovered the over drive guitar sound in 1963, while playing in Vancouver B.C. and was seen by Henry Young and Jimi Hendrix and this is documented by Henry Young and also Bill Henderson on a radio interview in Vancouver. The original band members in 1967 were Don Kennedy on drums, Ralph Nieforth on bass and Len Siemens on guitar. Their peers considered the Lightning Express to be on the cutting edge of new music. Check us out on video

A few memorable moments include playing for 9 months in 1970 at the Birmingham Bicycle Club which was part of the Old Forge in the Strathcona Hotel. In 1973 played at the Sidney Hotel for 9 months. In 1976 played at the Nanaimo Bathub dance. In 1978 first rock/blues band ever to play at Government House, Victoria B.C., for their Spring Ball. In 2004 played Legends in the Strathcona Hotel. In 2004 played for the Brown Jug reunion at Soprano’s. In 2007 played for the Victoria Music Hall of Fame Awards at Darcy’s Pub. In 2008 played for the Vancouver Island Blues Bash at Ship Point in Victoria's Inner Harbour. The Lightning Express has played for at least 95% of all clubs, venues, private parties, charity events from Victoria to Nanaimo.

Current band members:--

Len Siemens…Guitar
Richard Lepinsky…Drums
Mike Quinn…Bass
Brian Ferguson…Keyboards

Posted March 7, 2010

Audio Samples

Slow Ride "Live" 1975
Black Magic Woman 2007
Play That Funky Music "Live" 1975
Good Rockin At Midnight 2007
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Past Members

Chris Van de WaterKeyboards / Vocals1963-2004
Gary PignatalliBass1963-2004
Leslie BrownBass1963-2004
Morry StearnsKeyboards / Bass / Vocals1963-2004
Bill CinarDrums1963-2004
Gerry CrippsBass1963-2004
Dave ScottGuitar1963-2004
Dave WallaceBass1968-1972
Art TylerDrums / Vocals1978-1980
Dan BeveridgeKeyboards / Vocals2006-2009
Richard LepinskyDrums2006-2010
Mike QuinnBass / Vocals2006-2010
Art HorsmanDrums / Vocals2008
Brian FergusonKeyboards2010
Daniel RichardBass / Vocals60s
Bill AubertBass / Vocals60s
Mike WalkerBass / Vocals60s
Simon Jean PierreDrums / Vocals60s
Barry Jackson/EnsignBass / Vocals60s
Don KennedyDrums60s
Ralph NieforthBass / Vocals60s
Rick BrownKeyboards60s
Harry CreechDrums / Vocals60s
Len SiemensGuitar / Vocals60s-2010
Rod MoyseyGuitar70s


Status: On Hiatus
- Last confirmed Feb. 11, 2016

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