February 24, 2005

"Even better than the real thing."

Probably not, but because I never saw Zeppelin, I'll never know. From what I've seen of concert footage, Zoso put on a convincing mirror performance at Twiropa Thursday night. The tribute band from California dressed the same, looked the same, acted the same, and almost sounded the same.

The lead singer's face looked creepily similar to Robert Plant's, and his curly long blonde hair finished off the look. He grasped at his jeans like Plant, held the mic cable away from his body horizontally like Plant and uncurled his fist like Plant. After all this, I was glad the guy also hit Plant's high notes. It was funny that he addressed the audience with Plant's British accent.

The lead singer's appearance was the most important element of Zoso's facsimile. The guitarist had Jimmy Page's curly black hair, but after that, the other members only needed to wear the correct clothes to be in character. The drummer wore a headband to complete Bonzo's look.

The guitarist did a decent approximation of Page's guitar parts and solos. He was missing Page's sweat and swagger, though. The bow didn't come out, either. The drummer did a better job of mimicking Bonham's beats and fills. He threw in a few faster modern things. I was waiting for a "Moby Dick" hand-to-drum solo, but that didn't happen.

"It's been a while since we've been here." That's the first thing the lead singer said to the audience. That was a bad joke. Zoso ran through most of their faster songs with the smoke machine blowing, and then the lead singer, guitarist, and bassist sat and did slower, acoustic songs. They stood, performed "Stairway to Heaven" and "Good Times, Bad Times," and they were done. They played for a good hour and-a-half.

Some songs were "Heartbreaker," "Black Dog," "Rock and Roll," "Misty Mountain Hop," and "The Lemon Song."

I wouldn't have minded "Kashmir," "Nobody's Fault But Mine," "In The Evening," "When The Levee Breaks," "Achilles Last Stand," etc. A few people shouted for "No Quarter" to no avail. Zoso must have done something right if people were shouting songs at them. Some even held up lighters at one point.

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