Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day is an upcoming documentary that features the time where Led Zeppelin took the stage at the London’s O2 Arena on December 10th 2007. This concert was a tribute to their dear friend and the founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun. In this documentary, audiences will be able to see how Led Zeppelin became a legend in the rock ‘n roll world and how their songs made it to the top. A great journey back to the past and their rise to fame. Let’s take a look at an early movie review for Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day.
“Early Review for Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day
Twenty million people applied for tickets; only 18,000 got them. Now, five years after Led Zeppelin convened one of the most eagerly awaited reunions in the history of rock and roll, comes the film of the gig. And it’s so good, it might make the disappointment of not having been there even more acute.
As members of the band acknowledged at a press conference to launch Celebration Day, there were no guarantees ahead of their appearance at the O2 in December 2007. They hadn’t headlined for 27 years, since the vodka-related death of drummer John Bonham. And, without Bonham, whose deftly thunderous style had driven their blues-inflected metal so powerfully, could they really reproduce the magic of their Seventies heyday?
Well, as Dick Carruthers’s film attests, yes, they could – with the help of Bonham’s similarly muscular and steadfastly metronomic son Jason.
Carruthers wanted to make proceedings as intimate as they had felt on the night, despite the vastness of the venue, and he has certainly succeeded in that. He gets up close to singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones, and they are all in impressive nick for a bunch with a reputation for having pushed the boundaries of rock-and-roll excess so determinedly.
Plant is in particularly good form. If his onstage persona is slightly less focused on strutting, preening and crotch-centric posing, he still cuts it as a rock god, his leonine locks flowing as luxuriantly as ever they did. And, if the banshee wail isn’t quite so ear-splitting as it once was, he remains a great blues belter.
He tells the crowd at one point that choosing which tracks to play from their 10 albums had been a real challenge, “but some songs have to be there. And this is one.” Cue the eerie, swirling paranoia of Dazed and Confused from the first album.
Stairway to Heaven had to be there, too. As did Black Dog, Rock and Roll, In My Time of Dying and Trampled Under Foot. All of them magnificent. Only their greatest song of all, Whole Lotta Love, is slightly disappointing: the dark allure of this sexual juggernaut of a song is all but impossible to recreate live.
At the end of the epic Kashmir, there is a close-up of a girl in the crowd transfixed by the scene before her, tears in her eyes. It’s easy to understand why. Celebration Day is a celebration of rock ‘n’ roll at its most moving, magical and magnificent.”
The original article can be found at The Telegraph
Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day is going to be in theatres on October 17th 2012 and is directed by Dick Carruthers.
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