Zep Boys Are Australia’s Leading Led Zeppelin Cover Band

The Zep Boys are a remarkable story from its inception right up to the current day. The music industry is arguably one of the most competitive markets in entertainment today. So why have a concept band from Adelaide South Australia succeeded at the highest level in their genre for almost 30 years?

Many people have shared their opinion with me over the years but this is what I believe.

“The music of Led Zeppelin is now part of music and social history it needs no introduction or explanation. Older and new generations alike still listen to their music catalogue. Zeppelin has become immortal and is now classical rather than pop, it transcends fashion and market trends.

In 1986, the thought of performing an entire program of Led Zeppelin songs live on stage not only terrified me but almost made me want to give up playing all together. The fear of not having the ability or confidence to perform what I believed was the ultimate in rock music was fundamentally the inspiration to accept the challenge. This was to become a project of passion love and integrity. Success would only be measured by the execution of the music. What was to happen next was totally unexpected.

Our First Gig

The first gig was a sell out. This experience was so humbling it would set the band up for the future. That night was the single most important lesson I learned in my career.

Was it the members in the band the people came to see? No! It was the music of Led Zeppelin they wanted to hear. It was simple – play the music right and keep them coming back for more, no gimmicks, no spin, just pure entertainment and it continues to this day.

The Zep Boys have perfected the craft of communicating with audiences in whatever forum from unplugged acoustic to outdoor concerts of 50,000 people plus.

The band has developed its own unique persona. It has never impersonated the characters and personalities of Led Zeppelin but chooses instead to just play the music and be themselves.

A True Rock Performance

A true rock performance takes over the audience’s senses. If the performance is treated with respect and honesty then and only then the magic and mystery of rock and roll is unleashed. This is the philosophy that has guided the Zep Boys over a span of four decades.

What started out as a project for a single night’s performance has not only turned into a career for myself, but also changed the face of Australian live music with the emergence of countless tribute and concept bands wanting to emulate the success of the Zep Boys.

The winners being the public, venues and many (once out of work) musicians!

The Zep Boys are now regarded as an institution – they have become part of Australian music history”.

Zep Boys Group Bios

Vince Contarino

Vince Contarino

Vocals / Acoustic Guitar / Harmonica

Tzan Niko

Tzan Niko

Guitar

Warwick Cheatle

Warwick Cheatle

Bass

Bradley Polain

Bradley Polain

Drums