Werner Bosman joins Led Zeppelin tribute show – interview

Photo: Daniel Craig Johnson.

An all-star line-up is heading to the Good Luck Bar on Sunday, 5 November 2017 at 19:00 to pay tribute to some of rock’s biggest legends: Led Zeppelin. Members of the tribute group include Martin Cito Otto (vocals), Jason Oosthuizen (drums), Werner Bosman (guitar), Neil Breytenbach (keyboards) and Chris van der Walt (Bass) We spoke to Bosman about his part in this exciting tribute show.

This November, you’ll be part of the Led Zeppelin tribute show at the Good Luck Bar. What can fans expect from this gig?

Fans can truly expect a mesmerizing performance by a bunch of proper rockers, paying tribute to the one and only Led Zeppelin, done our way with nothing but heart, soul and passion. It’s really going to be a show you do not want to miss.

Is there a Led Zeppelin song that you are most excited to play live?

Yeah there’s a few I’m itching to play. “Kashmir”, “Whole Lotta Love”, “Rock ‘N Roll”, to name a few, but I must say my favourite is “Black Dog”, just [because] it has such an interesting flow and groove and certain parts where I can really let loose and come out guns blazing.

Has Led Zeppelin been a big influence on you, musically?

Yes, Led Zeppelin’s been a band I’ve always listened to. I was born in 1984 and always gravitated towards the old school side of rock, the real side of rock. From song writing to the riffs, melodies and solos, Jimmy’s style is loose and colorful and has an unmistakable sound and vibe to it.

What other artists have inspired your music?

Well once again, I’m and old school rocker so bands like Guns N’ Roses, Zeppelin, Aerosmith, Van Halen, AC/DC, Clapton, B.B. King, to name a few, have really inspired me. I’m the biggest Slash fan on this planet and when I was 8 years old, which is when I picked up a guitar for the first time, and I saw him on TV with his big hairy afro, top hat and cigarette in his mouth, I decided right there and then that music is what I’m doing for the rest of my life. My playing style is a bluesy rock vibe, I play purely from my heart and soul, I can’t read a single note of music and I go wherever the song takes me. Always okay for the song. That’s crucial.

How have rehearsals been going for the tribute show?

Rehearsals have been going so smoothly, everything is sounding killer! It’s astounding and so refreshing working with dedicated musicians who all know their parts, there’s no attitude or egos. Everyone knows why they’re there and we gel so nicely together, and that just makes everything such a pleasure. Oh and we’re all a bunch of super nice guys. d;)

How do you usually prepare for live sets?

No matter what kind of gig I do, whether it’s a chilled acoustic, sit down type of show, or a flat tap hot, sweaty rock ‘n roll gig, I’m always 100% there and I always strive to do my best and bring my flavour to the table and incorporate it into anything and everything I do, musically. It’s important to keep your head down and work hard. Stay humble, and be a cool dude. That goes a very, very long way.