May 14, 1988
Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary
Led Zeppelin reunite with Jason Bonham on drums.
NY Times (5.16.88): Inside Madison Square Garden, the concert mixed tedium and enjoyment; endless idle patter during set changes in the afternoon, video re-runs from the afternoon in the evening. But a vocal majority of the audience was thrilled just to see Led Zeppelin onstage, with Jason Bonham in place of his late father, John Bonham, on drums.
Led Zeppelin, unlike its many imitators who now clog rock radio, usually tempered its brute force with musicianly experiments, and the reunited band still does. In a streamlined half-hour set, the band turned around the beat of ''Whole Lotta Love'' and reveled in the spaces and Arab inflections of ''Kashmir.'' Mr. Plant, who used to strut and preen self-importantly, now plays his role with a bit of mature amusement while still finding new ways to stretch and bend 15-year-old lyrics. Led Zeppelin ended a mixed concert with triumphant, explosive rock.