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Returning to Paradise: The tribute show to Led Zeppelin on the way to Israel Israel today


After working with names like the Hat Shop Boys, Robbie Williams and Blair, Richard Sidwell conducts the "Held Zeppelin Symphonic", which will perform in Israel next month • "It's not a soft show, it's totally a rock show"

For the average music lover, and certainly for the die-hard fan, a tribute show to an artist is often nothing more than a consolation prize.

Your favorite band has been inactive for 50 years?

No problem!

Take a group of musicians with high technical abilities, and sing along with others who sing hymns that time has not touched, but other musicians have.

A tribute show is the second closest thing to the real thing - after performances by various constellations of musicians from the former band (eg "The Dire Straits Experience"), and before a hologram show (eg Tupac or Abba).

But Led Zeppelin Symphonic's "Stairway to Heaven" isn't quite another tribute night to the legendary rock band.

It is not a show of only orchestral versions, nor a show that is all karaoke versions, but exact performances of Zeppelin songs, plus orchestral arrangements.

Songs that already include orchestras in them (like "Kashmir") will simulate the experience of the original, and others will receive an upgraded interpretation, a new layer that will add a powerful volume to them.

Richard Sidwell, who has worked with names such as Hat Shop Boys, Shirley Bassey, Duran Duran, Robbie Williams and Blair, conducts the whole business.

"Am I a fan? Not particularly," Sidwell says in a conversation from Hertfordshire, explaining how he found himself conducting a show by one of the most iconic rock bands in history.

"We have a similar show called 'Queen Symphonic,' which we also performed with in Israel. One of our singers, Peter (Eldridge, lead singer of the musical "We Will Rock You"; ref) is a huge fan of Zeppelin, and he kept saying that we should make a show of their songs.

This is how this show was born.

But I was a kid in the seventies, and you can't avoid their music, even if you don't know it completely.

Their 'Whole Lotta Love' was the opening act on 'Top of the Pops', so it was known in every household in the UK."

Richard Sidwell,

Would you like to see them reunite?

The idea of ​​a comeback doesn't seem to appeal to them.

"One of our singers sings with Robert Plant, and I think he does a bit of Zeppelin in his shows, but he's more interested in what he's doing now, and moving on. He doesn't want to keep doing the same thing over and over again, and that's something I appreciate."

A show like yours only benefits from it.

"Yes, of course. If Led Zeppelin is there - who wouldn't go see them? But our show draws amazing reactions, even from the band's huge fans. It's not a soft show, not classic versions. It's totally a rock band show."

Your experience also includes working with names like Blair and Robbie Williams.

"The most touring I ever did was when I played trumpet for Blair. It was at the height of the Britpop years, and it was a phenomenal experience. As for Robbie, my brother and I wrote the orchestral arrangements for 'Swing When You're Winning', his swing album from 2001." .

"Held Zeppelin Symphonic" will perform in Israel on November 17, accompanied by the Ra'anana Symphont Orchestra.

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Source: israelhayom

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