Tributes to Led Zeppelin

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Beginning in the 1980s, the iconic nature of many Led Zeppelin riffs made them a popular target for sampling, initially unauthorised, but later sanctioned by the surviving band members, to mixed reactions from fans. Hip-hop group the Beastie Boys sampled two Led Zeppelin songs for their Licensed to Ill album; they used Bonham's drum introduction from "When the Levee Breaks" (which was also used by Mike Oldfield and Erasure) for the song "Rhymin' and Stealin'", and parts of "The Ocean" for "She's Crafty".

For the 1998 movie Godzilla, guitarist Jimmy Page collaborated with Puff Daddy, reworking the famous riff from "Kashmir" in the song "Come With Me"—Page also has a brief vocal part in this song.

List of Led Zeppelin cover song performances and recordings[edit]

Led Zeppelin tribute bands[edit]

WHOLE LOTTA LED, originate from Gloucestershire, UK and are the longest running full-time professional tribute to Led Zeppelin. Originally formed as ‘No Quarter’ in 1993, the band changed their name to WHOLE LOTTA LED in 1996. Original band members Nick Ferris (Guitar),and Geoff Hunt (Bass & Mandolin) were joined by Lee Pryor (Vocals), David Wykeham-George (Keyboard), and Charlie Hart (Drums) in 2012.

WHOLE LOTTA LED have always avoided using wigs and costumes, instead they focus on the incredible music which Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham created over the years.

During their eighteen year career WHOLE LOTTA LED have performed 9 UK tours, and they have also performed the albums Led Zeppelin, Led Zeppelin II, Led Zeppelin IV and Houses Of The Holy in their entirety. Since then numerous bands have followed this format.

The band have also been active in raising funds for The ABC Trust, a charity founded by Jimmy Page's wife to help under privileged children in Brazil, the involvement with the charity eventually led to a meeting with Led Zeppelin's legendary guitarist Jimmy Page who has given the band his blessing and wished them all the best.

Bustle in your hedgerow is the instrumental quartet performing Led Zeppelin music based out of New York City. The band includes Dave Dreiwitz of Ween, Marco Benevento and Joe Russo of The Benevento/Russo Duo and Scott Metzger of RANA.

Fred Zeppelin is a tribute band to Led Zeppelin based in the original band's heartland of the West Midlands of England. Drummer Steve 'Blackie' Black also heads Midland talent agency and music organisation Moby Music- named after Led Zeppelin's drum solo "Moby Dick".

Although not endorsed or formally linked to Fred Zeppelin, or any of its associates or companies, it arguably has been the most supported by individual band members and their families. Robert Plant has been to see them four times and for some time, his quotation about them 'Accept no substitute' appeared on their flyers. Jason Bonham has also drummed with them in a one-off cameo encore appearance; his late uncle Mick Bonham used to introduce their shows in the family hometown of Redditch. Formed in 1993 by drummer Steve Black, bassist Kevin Brown, and guitarist Keith Jenkins out of a genuine love for the music of Led Zeppelin. The aim of the band was to reproduce, note-for-note the music of the original band, and not to dress up in the manner of an embarrassing "Stars in Their Eyes" cabaret act. Originally employing vocalist Rob Bloomer the band generated a loyal Midlands following - no surprise being the Zeppelin heartland. After Rob's departure in 1995, Steven Gale was hired to fill vocal duties. Bassist Kevin Brown left the group in 2010, and was replaced by Elliot Gavin. In October 2013, Keith Jenkins left the band, Elliot Gavin switched to being lead guitarist, with Mark Cresswell being recruited as the new bass guitarist. The band play numbers from every Zeppelin album, and include an acoustic set in their repertoire. With such a volume of great music to draw upon the Fredz pride themselves in never playing the same set twice in a row.

Lez Zeppelin is an all-female tribute act performing Led Zeppelin music based out of New York City. In 2007, they released Lez Zeppelin, with production by Eddie Kramer.

Other Led Zeppelin tribute bands include Swan Song - A Tribute to Led Zeppelin, Led Zepplica and Dread Zeppelin, a band that performs Led Zeppelin covers in a reggae style with an Elvis Presley impersonator on vocals. Robert Plant has publicly stated that Dread Zeppelin is his favorite Led Zeppelin cover band.[3]


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