This year marks the 50th anniversary of rock icon Led Zeppelin’s debut record.
The band’s self-titled album was released on 12th January 1969 in the United States and 31st March in the United Kingdom.
Despite the cold reception from critics, the nine-track album – which already carried the band’s signature fusion of blues and rock sound – would grow in appeal along with the band’s legend.
And Abu Dhabi is celebrating the milestone by bringing CODA, the UK-based Led Zeppelin tribute band, here in the city for a one-night performance at Porters English Pub in Grand Millennium Al Wahda.
The group composed of Adam ‘Jimmy Page’ Alison (guitars), Simon ‘John Bonham’ Wicker (drums), Peter ‘Robert Plant’ Byrne (vocals) and Rob ‘John Paul Jones’ Deery (bass) is renowned for recreating Led Zeppelin’s music and stage presence for today’s modern audience.
“The best thing about Led Zeppelin was their ability to stretch out and jam on their songs, making each night special and exciting for their fans,” Simon tells us.
“It is always fun to discover a new bootleg with a different structure, and to learn new fills, solos and riffs.”
CODA promises to serve out Led Zep tunes – from the popular ones to the obscure numbers to fully cater to both the casual and hardcore fans who might be in attendance.
“We are always learning new songs in order to keep the set fresh, and bringing back songs that we haven’t done for a while, this helps to keep things exciting for our audiences, especially as many of our fans come and see us time and time again,” says Adam.
“We like to play a mixture of the studio recordings and live versions of their songs, and are constantly revamping certain songs to reflect different live versions from the many bootlegs that we all have.”
This one-night performance could perhaps be the closest thing to a Led Zeppelin reunion that we’ll get to experience at this time.
“We don’t class ourselves as a cover band, we are a Led Zeppelin tribute show, dedicated to replicating the sounds and sights of the biggest, best and most influential rock band ever,” Peter stresses.
“Our aim is to take our audiences back to the late 60s and 70s and make them believe they are witnessing Led Zeppelin in their prime, helping them to experience the power, magic and excitement of a Led Zeppelin concert and allowing them to escape from the here and now, if only for a few hours, and to revel in a truly transfomative experience.” 25th April, 9pm. AED 100. Visit: www.abu-dhabi.platinumlist.net