Led Zepplin Reunites!!

At least the BBC covered the event!

So last Monday night surviving members of Led Zepplin got together at the O2 arena in London and played a live show nearly 30 years after the death of drummer John Bonham (who died in 1980). Months ago, after the band made the announcement that they would reunite, their website exceeded its bandwidth allowance and crashed almost immediately, with the promoter predicting that the gig would cause the "largest demand for one show in history", due to the ticket request site receiving one billion page impressions, with one million people registering for fewer than 20,000 available tickets.

The original show date was postponed after guitarist Jimmy Page fractured a finger during a fall in his garden. Zepplin has reunited a couple times sporadically here and there in the 80’s and 90’s but performances have been heavily criticized due to to Jimmy Pages’s sloppy guitar playing, Robert Plants aging vocal chords and the fact that no one can fill Bonham’s shoes playing drums in the band. (Bonham’s son Jason filled in for this gig.) Also, bassist John Paul Jones and singer Robert Plant apparently have had a long standing beef with each other that has kept them off of the stage and out of the studio for all these years.

Members of Led Zeppelin have always been very protective of their repertoire, and have seldom allowed their works to be licensed for films or commercials. Just recently the entire Zepplin catalog was made available for purchase online. They were one of the last holdouts, refusing to make their music available through stores like Apples iTunes Store.

A few blogs that I have read about Monday nights show have reported many celebrities in the front rows ... Dave Grohl (Nirvana, Foo Fighters) was reportedly drunk off his ass, running around the front couple rows like a freak and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmore was heckling the band from the front couple of rows. Footage of previous reunion shows have never been released due to the band thinking their performance was not up to their usual standards, but thanks to mobile technology and YouTube, many bootleg videos of the show are floating around the internet. I’m not going to link them because they’re constanly being taken down, but you know where to find them.

I wonder if they set up a world tour if Albuquerque would be included on that?

SETLIST for Led Zepplin, December 10th 2007:

"Good Times Bad Times"

"Ramble On"

"Black Dog"

"In My Time of Dying"

"For Your Life" (live debut)

"Trampled Under Foot"

"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"

Encore:

"Whole Lotta Love"

"Rock And Roll"