A tumultuous year.
The Tet Offensive in Vietnam. Civil Rights protests spread across the States. Dr. King and Senator Kennedy assassinated within 3 months. The Beatles release Hey Jude.
And in a basement in London’s Soho, the future is born, as four young musicians play together for the first time. They are Led Zeppelin.
Jump forward 50 years and the legacy of that first meeting is evident. From industry-defining business methods to monumental album sales, the numbers associated with the band are mind boggling and have grown even bigger since the dawn of the internet.
Because of this enormous business juggernaut, it’s sometimes easy to overlook just how good the band were, particularly in those early days. The raw power and passion, the skilful manipulation of dynamic, the driving grooves and sweat of four guys playing like their lives depended on it.
Just four guys.
And their instruments.
This is the band we love and that early passion is what we’re celebrating during the 2018 World Tour.
We hope to see you on the road!
Hats Off to Led Zeppelin
For full tour details and to get in touch visit www.hatsofftoledzeppelin.com
A REVIEW FROM OUR RECENT SHOW AT THE SPRING ARTS CENTRE, HAVANT 26/1/18
It's a typical cold dark friday January night in Havant but at The Spring Art Centre in Havant things are starting to warm up and its all because of the official UK number 1 tribute to rock and roll legends Led Zeppelin. Playing to a capacity crowd "Hats Off To Led Zeppelin" are introduced on stage by their manager Warren Grant ( yes it was his dad who managed the original Led Zeppelin - wow).
They begin with Immigrant Song. Straightaway the audience are fully on board and eager for more. No one is disappointed as they work their way through various songs from the mighty Led Zep back catalogue. It's a great Show because they dont just stick to the loud rockers they handle delicate Led Zep songs like "Going to California" with superb playing and artistry. Singer Pete Eldridge admits his favourite vocals from Robert Plant are on "Since Ive Been Loving You" which he then sings perfectly himself.
The whole band are complete professionals having played with the likes of Queen, Ray Davies and Iron Maiden. They got together for the love of Led Zep music, completely enjoy themselves on stage (and off, no doubt) and that excitement and professionalism shines straight across to the audience.
Jack Tanner's playing could be mistaken for Jimmy Page and the same can be said for Pete Eldridge on Robert Plant's vocals. Kevin Oliver Jones is just an excellent multi instrumentalist switching from bass to keyboards to mandolin with complete aplomb and of course the driving force and backbone of the music is steered along by the "spot on" tight drumming skills of Toby Drummond.
When the Show finally concluded with crowd pleasers such as "Stairway To Heaven" and "Whole Lotta Love" we all leave the gig with smiles and buzzing a feel good factor.
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