Average: 4.8 (1228 votes)

December 10, 2007

London, UK

The O2 Arena

Setlist:

Good Times Bad Times, Ramble On, Black Dog, In My Time Of Dying,  For Your Life, Trampled Underfoot, Nobody's Fault But Mine, No Quarter, Since I've Been Loving You, Dazed And Confused, Stairway To Heaven, The Song Remains The Same, Misty Mountain Hop, Kashmir, Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll

Notes:

Led Zeppelin reunites with Jason Bonham on drums for the Ahmet Ertugen Tribute charity concert. Official release, "Celebration Day", on audio cd, blu-ray and DVD on Nov. 19th, 2012.

Original 2007 announcement page, here.

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Led Zeppelin at 02

Led Zeppelin
02 Arena, London
10/12/07

Siane Daley

The long awaited concert by rock legends Led Zeppelin took place tonight, and didn’t disappoint the 20,000 fans who had travelled from the four corners of the globe to witness the bands’ brand of rock-drenched blues.

The concert, which was held as a tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, attracted a celebrity audience which included Mick Jagger, Paul McCartney, Jeff Beck and Dave Gilmour.

Ertegun died in December 2006, after an unrivalled sixty-year music career, during which he shaped the music landscape of the 1950’s, signing ubiquitous artists such as Ray Charles and The Drifters.

In the 1960’s Ertegun worked closely with Stax records and helped develop the careers of Aretha Franklin through to Dire Straits in the 1970’s. His credits include signing Mick Jagger & The Rolling Stones to Atlantic records, even though other labels had offered the band more money.

After warm-up sets by Paolo Nuitini (Ertegun’s most recent signing), Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings, Paul Rodgers and Foreigner, the moment that the audience had been waiting for arrived.

Archive footage of Led Zeppelin’s seminal gig at Tampa Stadium was shown, with the voiceover informing us that this concert outsold The Beatles. The roar of the 20,000 strong crowd was deafening as the band came onstage opening with the track ‘Good Times, Bad Times’. Led Zeppelin laid their credentials from the off, and proved that their renowned stage energy, fire and skill has remained largely untainted after 30 years.

‘Ramble On’ came next, with powerful vocals from Robert Plant, combined with Jason Bonham’s dynamic drumming and the head-down, thrash-it-out guitars of Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones

‘Black Dog’ got a great crowd reception due to its heavy authentic Blues sound and explosive guitar riffs, that had the audience singing along word for word. ‘Black Dog’s’ melody is still modern and fresh-sounding reflecting the cyclical nature of the music industry.

Jimmy Page’s wailing, screeching guitar-work continued into the opening chords of the track ‘In My Time Of Dying’ and Plant’s intense, concentrated facial expression mirrored the song’s lyrical sentiment ensuring a sincere vocal delivery. ‘For Your Life’ was announced by Plant who said; “This is our first adventure with this song in public”, followed by the rousing, uptempo track ‘Trampling Underfoot’ which retains a rootsey blues feel.

The tempo shifted with the ballad-like track ‘No Quarter’ enhanced by Plant’s plaintive heartfelt vocals, set against Bonham’s dynamic drumbeat and the soft sensuous keyboard, which had the audience captivated.

‘Since I’ve Been Loving You’ came next. Plant said, “We first heard Robert Johnson’s blues when we were staying in Mississippi”. Zeppelin’s interpretation pays homage to the blues, yet appropriates a rock feel with Page’s frenetic energetic guitar solo midway through the track.

Plant continues, “It was difficult choosing songs from ten different albums for the set-list tonight, but there are certain songs that have to be in there, and this is one of them”. At this point, the band launched into a transcendent, stand-out performance of ‘Dazed and Confused’, followed by the highlight-track ‘Stairway to Heaven’ which was a definite crowd favourite, signalling a flurry of mobile phones held aloft and unanimous crowd swaying.
‘Song Remains The Same’ and ‘Misty Mountain Hop’ followed in quick succession before Plant addressed the audience again. “People from 50 countries have come to see us tonight – this is the 51st country!”, he declared, as the band played the opening bars to ‘Kashmir’. What followed was a sublime ten-minute rendition of the song that brought the house down with Page adding a climactic guitar solo.
First encore track ‘Whole Lotta Love’ featured the nimble guitar-fretting from Page that the audience had come to expect. For the first time during the concert, Plant allowed himself to smile, evidence of the pressure and expectations placed on the band by the audience and the world’s media at large.

The gig ended with ‘Rock and Roll’; a heavy rock-track unleashing the quintessential Zeppelin riff.

Rumours continue to circulate that Led Zeppelin will play further re-union gigs, but to date this remains unconfirmed. However, judging by the band’s performance tonight, any future concerts may well outsell The Rolling Stones reunion tours.

Siane Daley




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