18 November 2012

Review: Led Zeppelin, 'Celebration Day'


Review: Led Zeppelin, 'Celebration Day': Aidin Vaziri | The surviving members of Led Zeppelin may never share the stage again - at least not with instruments in hand - but this concert movie from 2007 and its accompanying two-disc soundtrack is a splendid way to go out. Recorded at London's O2 Arena as part of a one-off tribute concert to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, "Celebration Day" captures Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones (above, left to right), with the late John Bonham's son Jason filling in on drums, firing on all cylinders, tapping into the vintage stomp and menace of the band's glory years with an unimpeachable set list. The passing of time has made the group sound leaner and more efficient, giving well-worn classics such as "Black Dog" and "Kashmir" new life.