Cel­e­bra­tion Day

The Weekend Australian - Review - - Music Reviews - Steve Creedy

Led Zep­pelin



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.

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