FOUR local lads have decided to pool their electric talents and channel rock greats Led Zeppelin in a special tribute concert on Saturday, October 29.
The Goulburn Regional Conservatorium presents a ‘Zoso: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin’ in the beautiful Paviour Recital Hall.
Led Zeppelin were a musical behemoth. Originally a British blues band, they drew elements from folk revivalists, country music, world music and heavy metal, before heavy metal was even a term.
Led Zeppelin were also initially hated by critics and considered overblown and pompous. Everything about the band was ambitious and they became the most profitable touring act of the 1970’s.
The legacy and influence of their work has endured and they are one of the few acts to be a major influence in every decade of popular music since their inception, despite musical trends and movements.
Songs such as Stairway to Heaven, Black Dog, Rock n Roll, Kashmir are considered rock classics.
This tribute concert brings together four local musicians from different backgrounds, which is fitting in attempting to play songs from a body of work that is so varied.
Joe Conroy on vocals has an eclectic musical taste. He is most well known for his solo project, a modern blues record, incorporating elements of country and folk. Joe interprets Robert Plant’s huge range with power and finesse – not to mention his striking physical resemblance to the singer.
Rusty Crook plays guitar, bass, strings and organ sounds. A country guitarist, Rusty is well known for his long tenure with The Sunny Cowgirls. He is stepping out of that comfort zone and taking on a variety of roles to recreate the more challenging musical parts for this concert.
Robbie Gregory is a heavy metal drummer influenced by early 80’s British bands. He has branched out to incorporate the many styles presented here in addition to his normal touring work with Jester and Red Henrys.
Luke Wheeldon on guitar is a rock and blues veteran of thousands of live performances and dozens of recorded works. Luke has also played for local bands Jester and the Red Henrys. He is also a Led Zeppelin fanatic and the musical director of the project.
Luke and Rusty also work out of the Conservatorium’s Rock Con, which is going from strength to strength.
The Goulburn Regional Conservatorium is at 160 Bourke Street, Goulburn.
Tickets cost adults $20, children $10. Bookings are now open by calling 4821 8833. Tickets are also available at the door.