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Letz Zep / Blog

Via Funchal Sao Paulo

In celebration to the 10 years of Kiss FM radio, the only tribute authorized by Robert Plant and Jimmy Page has been in Sao Paulo last Friday (25th): LETZ ZEP. The band, which is also originally from England, was invited by Atlantic Records to perform during the launch of the “Mothership” (2007) collection. Additionally, its members had already played with important names, including Ozzy Osbourne, Roger Daltrey and Richie Blackmore. With all this experience, it was already expected by the huge number of people who attended to Via Funchal to try to feel, even if only for a few minutes, the spirit that used to hover over Led Zeppelin show in the seventies.....

In this writer’s humble opinion, LED ZEPPELIN is the best band of the rock history. Sharing the same thought, most part of the audience seemed to be unsure of the musician’s capacity to pay a proper tribute to the band. I can assure that this feeling was quickly forgotten when Billy Kulke (vocal), Andy Gray (guitar), Steve Turner (bass) and Benjy Reid (drums) stepped onto the stage. ....

At 22h10 LETZ ZEP stepped up to open the concert with “Rock And Roll”, which immediately made the crowd euphoric, followed by “Celebration Day” – with a brilliant guitar performance - and the classic “Black Dog”, which was sang with full lungs by the audience.....

After “Heartbreaker” and “Misty Mountain Hop” it was noticeable that Billy was saving his high-pitch, as if he was keeping it to be used only in special occasions. The tactic was revealed at the first powerful song of the night: “Since I’ve been Lovin’you”. With a jaw-dropping performance, at the end of this one everyone in the house seemed to celebrate a goal of a football team, so great was the competency which it was executed, especially by the singer.....

For “No Quarter”, the bass player assumed the keyboard and did not disappoint, which earned him a lot of applause. The country-style-way of playing “Over The Hills Far Away” and the extended “Dazed And Confused” - with guitar solo using a violin bow, just like Jimmy Page used to do, cleared the path for a sequence of killing any “Zappeliano” (slang for Led Zeppelin’s fan) with a heart attack: the exciting “The Song Remains The Same”, the beautiful “The Rain Song” and the anthem “Stairway To Heaven”, which was, undoubtedly, the highlight of the night. ....

Now, I am going to start a separate paragraph to the drums player. The guy is excellent! During “Moby Dick”, playing his solo using the hands like John Bonham, he did not let the crowd down..... With 2 hours of concert, there was still time for “Whole Lotta Love” to finish the set with a flourish. After thanking the crowd the band came back to stage to stick “Black Moutain Side” to the wonderful “Kashmir” and “the Ocean”, which earned to Billy a scarf hurled by a fan..... And if there was one song missing to make LETZ ZEP definitively leave a good impression to the Brazilians in their first passing through the country, nothing like ending the night in grand style like “Immigrant Song”.....

Happy are those who, like me, were surprised by this concert, since it is not every day that we have the pleasure to see a tribute so worthy to the unmatchable LED ZEPPELIN.....

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