Chris Daniels Productions and Emma Knights Productions
LIVE on 5, Adelaide Oval
Until 28 Feb 2017

Review by Luke Wagner

Festivals are great as they offer artists an opportunity to present something that may be considered a niche concept to a broad audience. "Zeppelin Was A Cover Band" is a great example of a really different concept having broad appeal.

Stéfan Cédilot is a music historian. In this show he tells the story of how a band called The Yardbirds split and created the opportunity for a young man called Jimmy Page to create Led Zeppelin. But this is not just a story of the band’s creation, it is a deep exploration of the origins of this rock style and its blues and folk song roots which date back to the 19th century. Cédilot delves into the music of artists long forgotten who created incredible music that each generation recreated to take forward with them.

Cédilot is a unique character and tells the story with such intense passion for the music. As recordings of Zeppelins songs play, he rocks out with air guitar and is clearly having an absolute blast. He is equally as happy when playing the originals by folk singers from the 1920s who influenced these songs.

This show is one part academic lecture and one part rock concert, and is perfectly punctuated by the incredible venue in the grandstand at Adelaide Oval in Live on 5. This is a perfect opportunity to see someone with an immense passion tell a really interesting story about shaping Led Zeppelin and confirming they were in fact a cover band, and a darn good one at that.

Rating: 4 stars (out of 5)