LED Zeppelin on an ordinary day could wipe the floor with many of its contemporaries and December 10, 2007, was no ordinary day. Robert Plant and Jimmy Page had previously reunited for 1994’s quirky No Quarter concert, but this was the first performance as Led Zeppelin with bassist-keyboardist John Paul Jones since the death of drummer John Bonham. The vacuum left by Bonham was ably filled on this night by his son, Jason Bonham, who pounded his way through an ambitious playlist with all the passion displayed by his dad in the group’s heyday. And while Plant was no longer able to sustain some of the high notes and Page’s guitar work may not have been as fiery in places, the old magic was still there. This package of two CDs and a DVD of the concert kicks off with Good Times Bad Times and works its way through most of the band’s albums, including a first live performance of For Your Life from the 1976 album Presence. The band powers through eight tracks on each disc, with Black Dog, In My Time of Dying, Nobody’s Fault But Mine and No Quarter gracing the first. A relatively disappointing version of Since I’ve
Been Loving You opens CD2, before the band slips into the obligatory Dazed and Confused and a nice rendition of Stairway to Heaven. The Song Remains the Same is a bit murky, but the band moves on to great performances of Misty
Mountain Hop and crowd favourite Kashmir, before finishing with the rollicking Rock and Roll.
How the West was Won is arguably a better example of the band in its prime, but Celebration
Day shows the old blokes and their talented protege could still cut the mustard live. A nice buy for Zep fans this Christmas.