The famous reunion concert of the legendary Hard Rock/Blues/Heavy Metal band.
On December 10, 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London’s O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. What followed was a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band’s signature Blues-infused Rock ’n’ Roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin. Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalog including landmark tracks “Whole Lotta Love”, “Rock And Roll”, “Kashmir” and “Stairway To Heaven”...
Although 20 million people applied for tickets, the band’s first headline show in 27 years was seen only by the 18,000 ticket holders who were fortunate enough to have secured seats through the worldwide lottery.
The film of "Celebration Day saw a worldwide theatrical release by Omniverse Vision on 1,500 screens in over 40 territories on October 17.
Contrary to popular perception, Led Zeppelin isn't exactly averse to reunions. If anything, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant can't keep away from each other. Just four years after John Bonham's 1980 death, Page laid down guitar on Robert Plant's oldies act the Honeydrippers, and not long after that, John Paul Jones joined the pair for a performance at 1985's Live Aid Festival. That set was trashed by the public and band alike, as was their subsequent 1988 appearance at Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary celebration, but despite these lackluster gigs, rumors of a full-fledged reunion continued to circulate well into the new millennium, even after Page & Plant recorded a pair of albums in the mid-'90s, a project that caused tension with Jones, who was unaware of the collaboration until its release. Eventually, all the bad blood cooled and the trio once again reunited, this time with Bonham's son Jason on drums, for a full-fledged set as the headliners for the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert. Five years later, this reunion was finally released as "Celebration Day", a live album available either as 2CD set, letting the world at large experience what was roundly and rightly acclaimed as a near-perfect reunion.
"Celebration Day" is an ideal coda for Led Zeppelin, proof that the band's skills only deepened with age. Never once does the band sound as if they're grasping at re-creating their youth; they've selected a set Heavy on Blues, atmosphere, and hits, songs that allow each member, including Jason Bonham, to stretch out and casually flaunt his skills. Plant may no longer be able to reach the soaring highs he did in the '70s, but his lowered range gives "Black Dog" and "The Song Remains the Same" gravity, and helps give "Trampled Under Foot" a gut-level punch. Page still can muff a note or two, so can the band, actually, with Plant missing a line on the opening "Good Times Bad Times", a mistake that's thankfully left uncorrected, but his imagination is unchained, and, when compared to the Page/Plant records of the '90s, it becomes clear how much Jones contributed to the band's chemistry, lending it grit and funk ("Misty Mountain Hop" grooves more than any song without bass should), deepening and coloring Page's riffs, letting the band bounce out and return to center. All of this unique chemistry is evident on "Celebration Day", underscored ever so slightly by the presence of Jason Bonham, the son of the king who now seems like the only possible heir to the throne, emphasizing that the band is a family affair, and while this reunion is so unexpectedly, impossibly good that you'd want to experience this in the flesh, it also underscores the wisdom of leaving this as a one-time thing. This is so good that this is how you want to remember them: older, perhaps wiser, and still majestic!!
Album debuted on the Billboard 200 at ninth place. According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), "Celebration Day" was the 13th global best-selling album of 2012 with sales of 1.8 million copies. It's won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and the rendition of "Kashmir" featured on the album was nominated for the award for Best Rock Performance.
Three P Films Limited/Atlantic Recording Corporation, a Warner Music Group Company, 2012 (8122-79709-9). Made in Germany. First press.
1. Good Times Bad Times 3:10
2. Ramble On 5:37
3. Black Dog 5:18
4. In My Time Of Dying 11:01
5. For Your Life 6:08
6. Trampled Under Foot 6:02
7. Nobody's Fault But Mine 6:24
8. No Quarter 9:00
1. Since I've Been Loving You 7:35
2. Dazed And Confused 11:19
3. Stairway To Heaven 8:28
4. The Song Remains The Same 5:35
5. Misty Mountain Hop 4:48
6. Kashmir 8:48
7. Whole Lotta Love 6:49
8. Rock And Roll 4:19
Total playing time: 110:19