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Keith rocks in time to Zep

PUBLISHED: 21:04 21 November 2001 | UPDATED: 10:53 03 March 2010

WHEN sales manager, Keith Lambert, leaves his day job, he becomes a different person.

He undergoes a complete transformation, with different clothes, a new voice, a fresh character - and becomes rock star, Robert Plant.

WHEN sales manager, Keith Lambert, leaves his day job, he becomes a different person.

He undergoes a complete transformation, with different clothes, a new voice, a fresh character – and becomes rock star, Robert Plant.

For Keith is the singer with a Led Zeppelin tribute band which not only imitates the group its members adore, but is currently following very closely in its footsteps.

The group, called Simply Led, has already marked the 30th anniversary of one famous Zep milestone this year with a special concert in Belfast, and this weekend will celebrate another landmark when it travels to Iceland to give a show in the country's capital, Reykjavik.

The event – a charity gig – will commemorate Led Zeppelin's only performance in Iceland on June 22, 1970.

Simply Led will play to around 1,000 people at the Haskolabio concert hall on Saturday and will play the same songs as their heroes – Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham – did all those years ago, as well as others from later years.

Proceeds from the gig will go to Gotusmidjan, a charity organisation which runs a rehabilitation centre near Reykjavik for young people with drug and alcohol problems.

Zep fanatic Keith, 34, of Tomline Road, Felixstowe, said: "The objective of our band is to re-create the authentic live sound of Led Zeppelin as closely as possible.

"In March, we played a special celebration show to a sold out crowd of 1,600 people in the Ulster Hall, Belfast.

"This was exactly 30 years to the night after Zeppelin had premiered Stairway To Heaven there on the very same stage. It was an incredible experience and hopefully, Reykjavik will be equally as exciting!

"We're really keen to bring the band to Suffolk and do the same thing, especially in light of all the recent interest surrounding Led Zeppelin's 1971 Baths Hall concert in Ipswich. We are currently trying to arrange a date at The Railway in Ipswich for the very near future."

Simply Led was formed a few years ago when the four-like-minded and talented musicians got together via various routes.

Drummer Paul Kelvie and multi-instrumentalist, Eddie Edwards, had been childhood friends in south London and had long dreamed of putting together a Zep-style band when they met up with guitarist Phil Eldridge, who modelled himself on Jimmy Page.

Phil had all the right equipment too – a couple of Les Paul guitars, but also a doubleneck SG and an original Dan Electro amongst his impressive collection.

The dream was became reality when Eddie was put in touch with Keith by a mutual friend. When the trio heard his powerful voice they knew they had found their Robert Plant.

"There are two or three other Zep tribute bands around but we are the only one with keyboards and you really need keyboards for that authentic sound," said Keith. "We try to get as close to the Zep sound as we possibly can to try to recreate that experience for people who were there at the time and the many of us who were not so lucky and missed being a part of it all."

Keith met his hero Robert Plant once on a plane.

"I was on the way to see him perform in Paris and found myself on the same flight as he was from Birmingham!" he said.

WEBLINK www.simplyled.net

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