Pop Quiz: Grace Potter


Aidin Vaziri | Even though Grace Potter and the Nocturnals released their fourth studio album, “The Lion the Beast the Beat,” last summer, they will spend this summer tearing it up on the road. In addition to its own shows, the powerhouse Vermont band has dates lined up with the Dave Matthews Band, the Allman Brothers and Lukas Nelson. But Bay Area fans will get the best of the lot – on Saturday, the Potter and company will support Robert Plant at UC Berkeley’s Greek Theatre. Potter, whose vocals have frequently drawn comparisons to Janis Joplin and Grace Slick, checked in from the road.

Q: You performed at an old casino near Lake Tahoe last night. Did you feel like you were in your element?

A: I’m missing it already; I can’t lie. So much of the album was based in casinos and Las Vegas and the whole seedy underbelly of that life. It’s funny that our tour has taken us to so many of those places.

Q: You’re also playing a handful of shows with Robert Plant. Were you a big Led Zeppelin fan growing up?

A: You don’t even need to ask that. Zeppelin was integral in our coming of our age as a band. It’s what I grew up on.

Q: Which one of Led Zeppelin’s songs is your go-to karaoke staple?

A: Oh, boy. I love “Your Time Is Gonna Come,” but I could go any which way.

Q: Do you agree with the general notion that it took you four albums to find your legs?

A: I think every album is just totally different. I think finding your sound is never the objective. The second you find it, you’re going to want to tear it down. I never want to be defined by an album. It’s just a picture in a yearbook.

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