By CALVIN PYNN
The chances that Led Zeppelin will reunite again are slim to none, but local fans of the monumentally influential band will have the chance to see the next best thing this weekend.
Zoso: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin experience is set to to play at The Pulaski Theatre this Friday, Dec. 13.
The tribute group formed in 1995, and has toured nationally over the past 18 years to critical acclaim from multiple publications, including The Los Angeles Times and The Chicago Sun Times. Zoso is one of many acts around the country that pay tribute to the classic quartet, and their show is focused on capturing the authenticity of Led Zeppelin’s performances during their heyday.
The members were carefully selected to respectively portray Robert Plant, Jimmie Page, John Paul Jones, and John Bonham as they were during Led Zeppelin’s prime. The details go as deep as musical ability, appearance, stage presence, and playing style.
Zoso’s theatrical presentation replicates a concert that would have typically been seen during the 1970′s. Their set consists of all the familiar Led Zeppelin songs, including “Black Dog,” “Kashmir,” “Immigrant Song,” and “Stairway to Heaven.”
According to Bob McKinney, president of Friends of the Pulaski Theatre, preparing the theater for this show has been a demanding process. New equipment has to be set up to handle the band’s sound, which is known to run from 30-40 to 120 decibels.
However, McKinney said the effort is worth it to achieve the best quality sound possible for this type of music.
“This is old time rock n’ roll, it is loud and it is rockin’,” said McKinney. “This is Led Zeppelin, there is no substitute, it’s the pinnacle of rock n’ roll.”
Zoso is not the first tribute group to play the Pulaski Theatre. Other groups that have played include 7 Bridges: The Ultimate Eagles Experience and Satisfaction – Rolling Stones Tribute.
According to Sue Mason, a volunteer with Friends of the Pulaski Theatre, the organization booked Zoso in response to many local Led Zeppelin fans after they asked the public who they would like to see.
“There seems to be a lot of positive feedback from the community,” Mason said. “We’re hoping shows like this will bring people’s attention to the theater, and to downtown as well.”
The show will begin at 8 p.m., and tickets are $18 in advance and $20 at the door. For more information about the show, visit http://pulaskitheatre.com. For more information about Zoso, visit http://www.zosoontour.com.