Boot Led Zeppelin
In The summer of ’95, drummer James Hogg put an advert in a London paper looking for musicians to form a tribute band to both Led Zeppelin and Queen. I (Raff Achour) responded and we met up in a pub in Covent Garden. After some music talk and several pints of bitter, we hit it off and decided to get into a rehearsal room and see what would happen.
Auditions took place and musicians were recruited. After a few personnel changes, the Queen material was dropped and the band concentrated solely on Led Zeppelin.
Not satisfied with the small venues we had been playing and wanting to put on more of a staged show, myself, along with friend Dennis Fitzpatrick, booked and promoted a show at the Reading Concert Hall. We played to a 750 strong audience, our biggest gig to date.
The show was a sell out and a great success. This was a turning point for the band, where we realised there was a potential of putting on bigger shows with bigger production.
2006 saw Boot-Led-Zeppelin go international, performing our first gigs in Switzerland, Ireland and Austria, building our reputation and establishing ourselves as the premier Led Zeppelin tribute band.
In 2007, on the occasion of Led Zeppelin’s reunion concert; we were invited by Sky News and Channel 5 to give interviews and perform an acoustic set outside the O2 Arena a couple of hours before the Led Zeppelin show.
Our now yearly escapade abroad took us to Gozo Island Malta where we performed to 1000s in Victoria’s main square.
In 2008 we did two Russian tours as well as a visit to Kazakhstan.
2015 Jesse Smith replaces Luke on vocals, and James Watson replaces both Jevon and Steve making Boot-Led-Zeppelin now a 4 piece band.
Both Jesse and James are outstanding musicians with a real passion for the music of Led Zeppelin, reinvigorating the band.
We are currently working on an all new production “Earls Court ’75 revisited’ celebrating the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s legendary shows at Earls Court, ready for touring in 2016.