Wednesday, October 17, 2012

‘Celebration Day’ for Led Zeppelin fans

Led Zeppelin reunites for its first headlining show in 27 years — a charity fund-raiser for the Ahmet Ertegun Foundation at London’s O2 Arena. More than 20 million people enter a lottery for tickets, but only 18,000 get them. For those lucky few it becomes “Celebration Day,” which is also the title of the new, long-delayed movie from that performance. It will first have premieres in London, New York, Berlin, and Tokyo, then a two-day debut at 1,500 cinemas in 43 countries on Wednesday and Thursday, followed by a multi-format Blu-ray and DVD release on Nov. 19.

At a recent screening in New York, I was struck by how powerfully and easily the band turned back the years. Fronted by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones and backed by drummer Jason Bonham (son of Zeppelin’s original drummer, John), the group played two hours of Zep favorites from the opening “Good Times Bad Times” (the first song on their debut album) to all-time classic-rock hit “Stairway to Heaven.” They were framed against a high-tech, color-drenched LED screen that would have made U2 envious.

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‘Celebration Day’ for Led Zeppelin fans

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