Upcoming Passion and Power
posted by January 16 at 15:09 PMon
February 22nd at the Paramount Theatre, a fifty-piece orchestra and a rock band will be playing the Music of Led Zeppelin. Some of the songs played will be “Kashmir”, “Immigrant Song”, “Black Dog”, “Going to California”, and “Stairway to FITS”. Hear them – here.
Any time the words “passion” and “power” are written near each other, a warning signal goes off. WARNING: This very well could be Yanni like or contain elements of Riverdance.
Singer Randy Jackson from the band Zebra (and the reunited Jefferson Airplane) will be singing as Robert Plant. Apparently Jackson does not know that Seattle has passed an ordinance making it illegal to mimic Robert Plant’s hair if you are singing Robert Plant’s songs to a paying audience.
Delivering a note-for-note interpretation, vocalist Randy Jackson shrieks brilliantly, acting as a window between the audience and reworked material. ‘The music itself is one thing, but Jackson more than captures the spirit of legendary Led Zeppelin singer Robert Plant,’ says conductor Brent Havens.
Heightened by rock concert lighting, the symphonic rock hybrid has met with riotous approval at both ends of the hall.
No word on how close to Yanni the performance is. One would imagine Jackson has got to be on the verge of Riverdancing every night.
The project’s appeal is in large part due to the music’s authenticity. When the music was first discussed in 1994 Havens understood that Led Zeppelin fans would want to hear the original, familiar elements of the music. He therefore followed exact line arrangements and used the orchestra only for enhancement.
I think Havens understood wrong. I think Zeppelin fans would be more accepting of the songs if they were adapted and performed by the symphony only. Like the Seattle Symphony performing Zeppelin IV in its entirety.
Seattle Police have been notified and if Randy Jackson so much as sings one note of Stairway to Heaven with hair like that, he will immediately detained. Or not.