Friday, June 19, 2015

Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day Concert (2007)

Here is an older-looking Led Zeppelin in the rock band’s 2007 concert at London’s O2 Arena on December 10, 2007; it is called the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert, which Wikipedia says, was “a benefit concert held in memory of music executive Ahmet Ertegün.”

Ertegün was the president of Atlantic Records, which he helped found in 1947; he was also considered an influential person in the modern recording industry, recognizing talent and signing many bands to his label, including Led Zeppelin in 1968. Ahmet Ertegün died on December 14, 2006, in New York City; he was 83.

The online encyclopedia adds the following about this concert, a onetime reunion of the band’s three original members plus the son (Jason Bonham) of the original drummer (John Bonham):
The headline act was the English rock band, Led Zeppelin, who performed their first full-length concert since the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980, in a one-off reunion. Bonham's son Jason Bonham played drums during the band's set, and also provided backing vocals on two songs.
According to Guinness World Records 2009, the concert holds the world record for the "Highest Demand for Tickets for One Music Concert" as 20 million requests for the reunion show were rendered online.[1]
In October 2012, Celebration Day, a concert film documenting the event, was released. Both the film and performance by Led Zeppelin have been highly acclaimed. A shortened version of the concert was broadcast by the BBC in the UK on 8 December 2012.
The performance's set list is as follows:
  1. "Good Times Bad Times"
  2. "Ramble On"
  3. "Black Dog"
  4. "In My Time of Dying"/"Honey Bee"
  5. "For Your Life"
  6. "Trampled Under Foot"
  7. "Nobody's Fault but Mine"
  8. "No Quarter"
  9. "Since I've Been Loving You"
  10. "Dazed and Confused"
  11. "Stairway to Heaven"
  12. "The Song Remains the Same"
  13. "Misty Mountain Hop"
  14. "Kashmir"
First Encore:
  1. "Whole Lotta Love"
Second Encore:
  1. "Rock and Roll"

Pretty good for old men “past their prime,” I would say with some satisfaction. The three originals, that is: Robert Plant was 59, Jimmy Page was 63, and John Paul Jones was 61 when they performed this concert more than seven years ago (Jason Bonham was 41). There are many times where experience will more than make up for youth and vitality.

Final note: This is not the British bands first concert film. For the sake of comparison here is a performance from 30 years earlier, that is, the 1976 concert film, The Song Remains the Same, which showed the band’s performance in New York City in 1973.

Wikipedia writes about this concert film:
The filming took place during the summer of 1973, during three nights of concerts at Madison Square Garden in New York City, with additional footage shot at Shepperton Studios. The film premiered three years later on 20 October 1976 at Cinema I in New York, on 22 October 1976 at Fox Wilshire in Los Angeles, and at Warner West End Cinema in London two weeks later.[1] It was accompanied by a soundtrack album of the same name. The DVD of the film was released on 31 December 1999.

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