Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience showed Detroit why they are one of the top tribute bands, taking the crowd back to Led Zeppelin’s heyday.
Tribute bands have gone from novelty to a huge success as more of these bands are playing to bigger audiences across the country. Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience is one of the best examples of this success, playing to a packed crowd at St. Andrews Hall in Detroit. Each band member was carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts, with Matt Jernigan as Robert Plant, John McDaniel as Jimmy Page, Adam Sandling as John Paul Jones, and Greg Thompson as John Bonham. As one of the longest touring Zeppelin tributes, Zoso’s 2400 live shows around the world have established them as the most traveled and successful band in the market.
The show opened with favorite Zeppelin songs like “Rock and Roll,” “Celebration Day,” and “Nobody’s Fault But Mine.” These guys blew me away with their dedication. They had the audience moving, from the fans for decades reliving the first time they got to see Led Zeppelin, to the younger crowd discovering the music for the first time. All were dancing, nodding along, and moving to the beat of the band like it was the 70s again. Soaring through hits like “Black Dog,” “Dazed and Confused,” “Moby Dick,” “Immigrant Song,” “Stairway To Heaven,” and “”Kashmir,” this band was mesmerizing.
Jernigan has an incredible voice; he croons, shrieks, and serenades with the same beauty as Plant. McDaniel has mastered the jagged guitar lines and wailing solos that Page had made legendary. Sandling stood back in the shadows like Jones as the driving force with his bass. Thompson commanded the drums with the intensity of Bonham. This band has done what tribute bands are meant to do, they created the experience of a Led Zeppelin show in all its electrical magic. They emulated the spirit of the band amazingly, bringing together old and new fans to experience the music together.