Zeppelin Was A Cover Band mixes documentary type storytelling and theatrical performance to recount the story of the blues through the music of rock band Led Zeppelin.
Zeppelin Was a Cover Band
Studio 1398, Granville Island
1. Tell us about your show.
Zeppelin Was a Cover Band is not a Led Zeppelin cover band. It is a one-man show written by Stéfan Cédilot and Ben Kalman, performed by Cédilot and directed by Sophie PostCroteau, about the iconic British rock band’s music. Which is to say it’s not really about Zeppelin at all. It’s about the people who wrote many of the songs the band recorded between 1968 and 1976. This show happened because Cédilot and Kalman, co-artistic directors of Montreal theatre company Stadium Tour, realized one day that you could tell nearly the entire story of the blues and folk music in the 20th century with Led Zeppelin songs.
2. Why should someone come see your show?
Because there are not many theatrical performances out there about the history and evolution of rock music. We don’t dramatize, nor do we fictionalize: we talk about real facts and take rock music very seriously, which is why rock fans always have great respect for our work, even when they aren’t necessarily fans of the featured artist.
3. If your show was a superhero which superhero would it be, and why?
The Fantastic Four, because of the way Jimmy Page’s fingers stretch on his guitar (Mister Fantastic); because Robert Plant’s hair sometimes looks like it’s on fire when he sings (Human Torch); because bassist John Paul Jones always hides in the background (Invisible Woman); and because John Bonham bangs on the drums with the strength and fury of the Thing.
4. If you could see only one show at the Vancouver Fringe Festival, besides your own, what show would that be?
It would be The Ballad of Frank Allen because we are huge fans of Shane Adamczak and Weeping Spoon Productions, and we are lucky to have this Australian company performing here in Canada.
The 2016 Vancouver Fringe Festival runs September 8-18 on Granville Island and stages around town. Visit http://vancouverfringe.com for tickets and information.