Letz Zep Review @ Sheffield City Hall

Review of Letz Zep at Sheffield City Hall on 12 September.

 

After seeing that a Led Zeppelin tribute band was coming to Sheffield, I prudently decided to do a bit of research before sorting a ticket. You see, I’ve had previous experiences of tribute bands which were uncomfortable to say the least; I can’t wipe an Axl Rose (real name Les) – much fatter than the current Axl Rose – screeching Sweet Child O’ Mine from a working men’s club stage. Towards the end of the song, Axl (Les), fell flat on his arse and received the warmest applause of the night.

Well, it turns out that Letz Zep come highly recommended – even Robert Plant himself has given them the thumbs up. So without further ado, I belled my Led Zeppelin obsessed uncle to see if he fancied making one.

The conversation went a little like this:

“Alright Unc? Do you fancy coming to see a Led Zep tribute band with me?”

“Tribute band? *Mocking laugh* You can’t imitate Led Zep, Joe. Thanks for the offer but it’ll be nowt on the real thing. It’s a bit pointless trying, if you ask me.”

Expecting this response, I played my trump card.

“Well, Robert Plant went to see them, and he said that it was like watching himself onstage.”

This perked him up a bit.

“Eh? Rob said that? Bloody hell, they must be quite good. I’ll have a think and get back to you.”

“You’ll be on a free ticket as my +1,” I replied.

“I’ll ring up and book the day off work now.”

With that sorted, a few Led Zep loving family members and myself made our way into the City Hall Ballroom excited for the night’s entertainment. Despite seeing that the lads on stage were clearly getting on a bit, we weren’t disappointed in the slightest.

Kicking off proceedings with a near perfect rendition of Good Times Bad Times, they already had the Sheffield crowd very much in the palm of their hands. The lead singer’s vocals were impressive – albeit powerless to reach the dizzying heights of King Robert himself – as he moved around the stage in Plant’s trademark flamboyant fashion. The lead guitarist turned in a superb performance – managing to nail the Jimmy Page solo on Heartbreaker and Black Dog respectively.

As you can imagine, the majority of the crowd had come to hear the classics; The City Hall Ballroom came to life as seamless versions of Kashmir, Whole Lotta Love and Stairway to Heaven echoed around the venue. It’s certainly a tough act to follow, but Letz Zep managed to provide a classy, enjoyable tribute to arguably the best rock band in the world.

 

Joe Food




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