December 10, 2007


Reunion B U Z Z


What you wish for... on the way

The Examiner reports legendary British rock band Led Zeppelin won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album for their live album, Celebration Day. Recorded in 2007 at a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun and benefit concert at the O2 Arena in London, the album features many of the revered band’s most treasured songs, including “Black Dog,” “Dazed and Confused,” Kashmir, “Whole Lotta Love” and their signature song, “Stairway to Heaven.”





Celebration Day DVD review from Ultimate Guitar
Led Zeppelin's 2007 Concert in Theaters, CD and DVD
Celebration Day trailer @ Rolling Stone
Led Zeppelin fans hoping that the band would announce a new tour this week will have to settle for the next best thing: a theatrical release of their 2007 one-night-only reunion concert. Entitled Celebration Day, the film will be released on 1,500 screens on October 17th. The concert – taped on December 10th, 2007 at London's 02 Arena – will then be released on "multiple audio and video formats" on November 19th.

Read more:

L.A. Times reports
When Led Zeppelin announced five years ago that the band’s surviving members would reunite for the group’s first headline show in 27 years, more than 20 million requests for tickets flooded in. Only 18,000 fans got in to London’s O2 arena to see the performance, but as of Oct. 17, the unlucky millions who were shut out will have another shot by way of limited theatrical screenings, to be followed Nov. 19 by the release of the concert in multiple home video formats. writes
Led Zeppelin is coming to a movie theater near you. Then a record store. The iconic British rock 'n' roll band will release its 2007 "Celebration Day" reunion as a concert film on Oct. 13, then will put out the show on multiple video and audio formats on Nov. 19.

.... In December, the band will join Buddy Guy, Dustin Hoffman and David Letterman, and three others, as recipients of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors, the nation's highest honor for those who have influenced American culture through the arts.

The band, which has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, issued a joint statement saying America was the first place to embrace their music.
"We owe a large debt to the vitality and variety of the music of the American people," they wrote.

Heaven & Hell

This joke is from record tycoon Ahmet Ertegun of Atlantic Records:

What’s heaven? Heaven is where the police are British, the chefs are French, the mechanics are German, the lovers are Italian and the organizers are Swiss.

So then, what’s hell? Hell is where the police are German, the chefs are British, the mechanics are French, the lovers are Swiss and the organizers are Italian.

-Liz Smith, Daily News

Mjollnir, Thor's Hammer below

Concert Review: Led Zeppelin

Led Zep puts on heavenly show
O2 Arena, London, England - December 10, 2007


LONDON -- The magic remains the same.
A generation after they last performed a full concert together, the surviving members of the legendary Led Zeppelin made what can only be called a triumphant return to the stage at London's O2 Arena last night.

Playing for a sold-out crowd of devotees, VIPs and media from around the world, the band -- 59-year-old singer Robert Plant, 61-year-old bassist John Paul Jones and 63-year-old guitarist Jimmy Page, joined by late drummer John Bonham's 41-year-old son Jason -- proved beyond doubt that despite their age, they still wield the hammer of the gods.

Sure, Zep may have been your daddy's rock band, but make no mistake: The British blues-metal icons brought enough swagger, sweat and sheer walloping power to blow most of today's young turks out of the water.

They were greeted like the heroes they are by the wildly enthusiastic crowd of nearly 20,000, who had paid #125 each (about $250 Cdn) for tickets to the concert after beating out millions of fans in an online lottery.

From the opening moments, it was clear they were going to get their money's worth -- and that they were bearing witness to the biggest comeback in rock history.

Kicking off the evening with Good Times Bad Times -- the first song from their debut '69 album -- the band burned through a high-energy 130-minute set that drew from nearly every album in their decade-long career.

Detractors and naysayers who suggested the band might not be able to deliver the same show they did decades ago were quickly proven wrong. Though his hair is now a silver tangle of mad-scientist curls instead of black locks, Page was still every inch the ultimate guitar god, peeling off blistering solos and showing no ill effects from the broken left pinky that delayed the show by two weeks.

A goateed Plant was in equally stellar form -- even if he sang the odd note in a slightly lower register than the banshee wail of his youth. Jones and Bonham held down the bottom end as if they had been playing together for years, with the latter doing a magnificent job of echoing the sound and style of his great father.


The production itself was no slouch, either, with the group backed by a stage-wide video screen and bathed under washes of light from a giant spider-like rig.

You could quibble that it didn't equal the sprawling three-hour shows they used to put on, but as someone who saw them back in the day, let me tell you they were never this tight. And the sound and lights were never this good. And this time, we didn't have to sit through a half-hour drum solo.

By the time it wrapped up after a smoking version of Rock and Roll, the fans most certainly had not had enough.

We can only hope the band feels the same way.

A song-by-song review of last night's Zep show:

Intro [2:01]

Good Times Bad Times [3:09]: Could there be a more perfect opener? We think not. Even better: They totally nail it -- especially Page, whose solo is nothing short of firebreathing.

Ramble On [5:04]: Plant seems to be singing a little lower than he used to. Otherwise, it sounded every bit as good as the original.

Black Dog [6:06]: Ten minutes in and they've started bringing out the big guns. And hitting the mark. Bonham handles the offbeat rhythm without a hitch. And Page reels off another searing solo. Plant doesn't have to work too hard to get the crowd singing along on the, "Ah, ah, ah, ahhhhhhhhh" refrains.

In My Time of Dying [11:30]: Page switches to a hollow-body electric and pulls out the slide for this serpentine epic workout from Physical Graffiti.

For Your Life [7:03]: Before the gig, Page told interviewers the band had rehearsed this buried treasure from Presence, which they never performed live before. You'd never know it from this version.

Trampled Underfoot [6:50]: Jones puts down his bass and moves to the keyboard for this funky number, which Plant explains was inspired by Delta bluesman Robert Johnson's Terraplane Blues.

Nobody's Fault But Mine [7:49]: Another slow-burning epic, this time from Presence. Plant tells the crowd this one came from the Staples Singers and the Blind Boys of Alabama. More to the point, he plays a pretty wicked harmonica solo.

No Quarter [9:33]: Jones' trademark keyboard spotlight lasts 10 minutes -- which is about half the length of the epic versions they used to play back in the day. Come to think of it, at eight songs an hour, they're playing about 50% more material than before. Good value for that #125 ($250)!

Since I've Been Loving You [7:52]: Apparently, they're sticking with the slower groove for a while. No complaints here -- though we are gonna be ready to hear another rocker pretty soon.

Dazed and Confused [12:46]: "I don't know how many songs we recorded together," says Plant, adding that when they put together their set list, there were some songs that "had to be" included. "This is one of them." Damn right. Midway through, the violin bow has been unsheathed! Page launches into his solo while standing in the middle of a spinning laser pyramid -- exactly as he did on the band's '77 tour.

Stairway to Heaven [8:52]: It's Stairway. What more is there to say? Except that they pulled it off like champs. "Hey, Ahmet," says Plant at the end. "We did it." Indeed they did.

The Song Remains the Same [5:52]: Page has pulled out the doubleneck SG. This one seems a little slower than the studio version. But hey, they have been on for 90 minutes. And they are senior citizens.

Jason Sings! [1:12]

Misty Mountain Hop [5:05]: Again, the energy on this one seems to be flagging just a bit. Plant even sounds a little winded. Maybe they should have kept it to 90 minutes.

Kashmir [12:53]: That thing we said about keeping it to 90 minutes? Never mind. They redeem themselves with this slowly thundering version. "There are people here from 50 countries," Plant says. "This is the 51st country." Jones is on keyboards, but Page does a pretty fair job of bringing the guitar army to life.

Whole Lotta Love [10:37] (Encore): This one is also a little slower than the studio version -- but in this case, it only makes it sound heavier and more aggressive. Plant tops it off with one last scream that's probably still echoing over the Thames.

Rock and Roll [20:18] (2nd Encore): They couldn't have closed with anything else. And they couldn't have played it any better than this. Like racers heading for the finish line, they saved one last burst of speed for the end of the race.

The final bow. Or is it?

6 stars out of 5 Yes, that's right.

Led Zeppelin 02 Reunion

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John 'Bonzo' Bonham

2007 "Celebration Day" reunion will be released as a concert film for the silver screen on Oct. 13, 2012 and shown in 1,500 theaters around the world.
Original members Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page were joined onstage by Jason Bonham, son of the late drummer John Bonham, for the tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.
Tickets are available at the band's website.


Did you go to the tribute-reunion concert?

September 12, 2007 confirmation

The Mighty Zep will play a tribute concert to the late Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records, co-creating what may be projected as the concert of the decade, with Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, Foreigner and Paolo Nutini. There are rumors Mick Jagger will perform.

Robert Plant told Midlands paper, the Evening and the Star, "During the Zeppelin years, Ahmet Ertegun was a major foundation of solidarity and accord. For us, he was Atlantic Records and remained a close friend and conspirator. This performance stands alone as a tribute to the work and life of a longstanding friend."

Rumours of reunions have surrounded Led Zeppelin since they disbanded in 1980. Their reunion concert takes place at the O2 Arena in London. Full article here

The Ertegon brothers Ahmet Ertegon, [July 31,1923 to December 14, 2006] and Nasuhi Ertegon, [November 26, 1917 to April 15,1989], were the Turkish-American executives of Atlantic Records and arguably the most influential record producers in the history of American Music. Ertegun was also the founder and chairman of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, to which he was elected in 1987 for his pioneering contributions to popular music.

In the '70s and '80s, Led Zeppelin, the Rolling Stones, Stevie Wonder, Neil Young and Dire Straits were among the biggest names to grace the Atlantic label. Mr. Ertegun, a great jazz enthusiast, helped make Ray Charles and Aretha Franklin stars. Ahmet Ertegun personally negotiated with Mick Jagger to distribute the Rolling Stones recordings.

Jason Bonham home movies: click on the newly launched, and one of the first images to flash on your screen is that of the young drummer as a child being coached on a small drum set by his proud father, the legendary Led Zeppelin skinsman John Bonham.

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