In December 2007 Led Zeppelin rejoined to play a one off concert in London. It the first and only time the band has reunited since their official break up in 1980 to play a full set. As a huge Led Zeppelin fan, I remember when that concert was announced. There were so many people who wanted tickets they had to have a lottery system. Had I been one of the lucky few picked, I would most certainly have found a way to buy a plane ticket to London.
Of course I wasn't that lucky and only got to hear the reviews of the show, which all said was awesome. They claimed at the time that the show was not recorded, so anyone who wasn't there really did miss out. However it turns out, that was not completely true. In actuality, they did record the show in both sound and video which will be released on November 19th. In addition the DVD's being released they are doing a limited release screen of the film, for two nights only. The first was tonight, and the second is tomorrow night, Thursday October 18th. For anyone who is interested, it's being played all over the world.
I just got home from watching tonight's screening at my local theater. As a concert film, it's likely the best video I have seen. There were a few crowd shots but 99% of the video is on stage, which to me was awesome. Drawing comparisons with "The Song Remains the Same," which is natural considering it the only other concert film the band has done, Celebration Day is not broken up with any fantasy sequences or backstage clips, it's pure concert.
The set list for Celebration Day could mostly be described as their greatest hits. Kashmir, Dazed and Confused, Black Dog, Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll, were all in there, and of course Stairway to Heaven, as well as several others. I thought that Trampled Under Foot and Kashmir both stole the show. Jason Bonham filled in on drums for his late father and he was just freaking crazy on both of those songs. Dazed and Confused is my all time favorite live song, interesting enough my brother said he loved the version here, I felt it was a little lacking. Back in their hey day they would play D and C for 30 minutes, but that's a little long for a two hour set, so it was cut down a bit. I think it needs the longer time to bring out all the awesome textures. Although Jimmy Page did have his violin bow.
The band was tight and they looked like they were having a lot of fun on stage. The one thing that would have been better for me was if they had cranked up the volume some in the theater. Some music just sounds better the louder it's played, Led Zeppelin for sure.
Drawing comparisons to The Song Remains the Same, that concert had more energy, but that was shot 33 years before Celebration Day, so perhaps to be expected. Tonight's show was most certain overall was much better because it gave you the feeling of being there. For anyone who is a Led Zeppelin fan, I'd would most certainly rate Celebration Day a must see.
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