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Lightning Express

from Victoria BC

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Lightning Express

circa 1963 - circa 2008
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
On Hiatus

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Past Members

Dave Scott
Guitar
1963 - 2004
Gerry Cripps
Bass
1963 - 2004
Bill Cinar
Drums
1963 - 2004
Morry Stearns
Keyboards/Bass/Vocals
1963 - 2004
Leslie Brown
Bass
1963 - 2004
Gary Pignatalli
Bass
1963 - 2004
Chris Van De Water
Keyboards/Vocals
1963 - 2004
Dave Wallace
Bass
1968 - 1972
Dan Beveridge
Keyboards/Vocals
1974 - 1975
Art Tyler
Drums/Vocals
1978 - 1980
Richard Lepinsky
Drums
2006 - 2010
Mike Quinn
Bass/Vocals
2006 - 2010
Art Horsman
Drums/Vocals
2008
Brian Ferguson
Keyboards
2010
Harry Douglas Creech
Drums/Vocals
60s
Ralph Nieforth
Bass/Vocals
60s
Don Kennedy
Drums
60s
Barry Jackson/Ensign
Bass/Vocals
60s
Simon Jean Pierre
Drums/Vocals
60s
Jose Arrogantio
Bass/Vocals
60s
Bill Aubert
Bass/Vocals
60s
Daniel Richard "bassman"
Bass/Vocals
60s
Len Siemens "Lightning Lenny"
Guitar/Vocals
60s - 2010
Rod Moysey
Guitar
70s

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