Concert review – Fred Zeppelin at Lichfield Guildhall

Review by Claire Perks

Lichfield Arts warmly welcomed back Fred Zeppelin to the Lichfield Guildhall as part of its varied Autumn/Winter programme. Led Zeppelin were one of the greatest live acts and were famously committed to giving their fans live performances over television appearances. Fred Zeppelin, as a tribute band, support their heroes’ ethos and delivered both the energy and atmosphere of Led Zeppelin’s carefree and hedonistic performances. Fans, old and new, were left energised by their stunning set and needed little encouragement to get to their feet or ramble on down to the front to enjoy the show.

The set was packed with numbers from Led Zeppelin’s classic period. Good Times Bad Times opened the confident performance, laying bare this respected tribute band’s swagger and sass. From the folk inspired Babe I’m Gonna Leave You, to the bluesy Black Dog (which showcased guitarist Elliot Gavin’s inspired chops) through to a fiendish rendition of Dazed and Confused, the first half was a mighty insight into the world of Led Zeppelin.

The second half opened with the poetic Stairway to Heaven and was cleverly followed by the simplicity of Misty Mountain Hop, a perfect antidote to the masterful Stairway and also true to the original tracklist of Led Zeppelin IV. The frenzy didn’t end there as Fred Zeppelin treated their audience to: Communication Breakdown featuring bassist Mark Cresswell’s intense bass lines; Whole Lotta Love sounding fresh to the end with Steve Black’s massive drum work and Gale’s effortless soaring vocals; and the definitive and hypnotic Kashmir.

A fantastic evening from the amiable and renowned tribute band Fred Zeppelin, who undoubtedly brought an atmosphere of glamour, legend and fine music to the majestic Lichfield Guildhall.

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