On Sunday, the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra performed a 2-hour Led Zeppelin tribute in the beautiful Fort Worth Botanic Gardens. Not only was it packed, but it was a bit humid and warm. But the summer mood and lively atmosphere took the lead and made it a great night.
It's the 19th annual group of this series, with 16 concerts from June 5- July 5. Fireworks conclude each concert, this set of the night seemed elongated.
The lawn was full from back to front, with blankets and families galore. The first half of the show was a classic rock band set up, with electric and acoustic guitars, drums and the like. The lead singer of the night was Randy Jackson, who did a fantastic job of impersonating Robert Plant and his high vocals.
The first hour was good but nothing compared to the second half with the full orchestra accompanying Jackson. The violins and trumpets coming in on "Kashmir" and "Communication Breakdown" added an element never heard on Led Zeppelin's rock sound.
The line-up was more than just their biggest hits, including "Since I've Been Loving You" and "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You." Their concluding song was, of course, "Stairway to Heaven." About halfway through the song, the fireworks began. They were directly overhead, and beautiful. They were continuous until the final moments of the song, which was longer than the norm from what I've heard.
These concerts are a great way to enjoy the summer weather and step out of the norm. The tickets are $15 for lawn in advance, and $18 the day of. Go out and see the next show before they're over!