November 29, 2014
By Michael Insuaste
ZoSo: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience Interview
Capturing The Sound And Magic Of The Worlds Greatest Rock Band
As the iconic rock bands of the 70's slowly begin to fade away, their music lives on through the many tribute bands that have taken the torch to continue their legacy, their music to a new generation. Led Zeppelin, "The Kings" of the 70's classic rock bands, with their timeless music are probably one of the most emulated bands to have graced the tribute market. San Diego, CA based rock band, ZoSo: The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience, are by the far the supreme of the Zeppelin tributes on the road today that brings the sound and magic to each performance. On the road since 1995, ZoSo have been delivering the goods for almost two decades inspiring new Zep fans to the music and live simulated stage performance that is captivating and magical at the same time. JAM Magazine sat down with singer Matt Jernigan and Greg Thompson for a candid conversation before their gig at the Gas Monkey Live venue in Dallas, TX.
ZoSo - The Ultimate Led Zeppelin Experience formed in 1995 to perform the most accurate and captivating Led Zeppelin live show since the real thing. For Zoso, it's much more than just being a tribute. It's about touching a golden era in music. Zoso embodies Page, Plant, Bonham and Jones in their spirit, tightly-wound talent and authenticity.
Each band member has been carefully selected to portray both the appearance and playing styles of their Led Zeppelin counterparts. In eighteen successful years of touring, they have perfected their art. As one of the longest tenured Zeppelin tributes, Zoso's 2400 live shows around the world, including slots at major festivals such as Bonnaroo and Rib America Fest, have established them as the most traveled and successful band in the market.
Zoso's live shows are not about simply playing the right notes, they are about aura and feeling, harkening back to the unique atmosphere Led Zeppelin created. It's in the way they play: Each band member's mastery of authentic vintage instruments coupled with spot-on vocals, guitar, bass, drums, and keyboards, their compelling stage persona and distinct Led Zeppelin sound, with astounding visual imagery recreates the music, magic, and mystery of a Zeppelin concert. The impact is so powerful that band members constantly hear from young rockers that they were the catalyst behind turning them into new, die-hard Zeppelin fans.
Their passion, musical ability, showmanship and precise attention to detail earned them critical acclaim, name recognition and a loyal national following. The Los Angeles Times hailed the group as being "head and shoulders above all other Zeppelin tributes," and the Chicago Sun-Times declared Zoso is "the closest to the original of any tribute."
If you missed Led Zeppelin live in the 70's or are looking to relive the "Hammer of the Gods" phenomenon, you must experience what the St. Petersburg Times calls "the most exacting of the Zeppelin tribute bands in existence."
Zoso is: Matt Jernigan-Robert Plant; John McDaniel-Jimmy Page; Adam Sandling-John Paul Jones; Greg Thompson-John Bonham