On 10 December 2007, Led Zeppelin reunited for a one-night-only concert at the Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert at The O2 in London. In the build-up to the concert, more than 20 million fans expressed interest to attend (a world record), of which only 16,000 tickets were made available. Although there were no initial plans to release a DVD or Blu-Ray of the concert, the growing interest from the public finally forced the hand of those involved.
Earlier this year, the band announced that a cinema screening of the concert will be released for public viewing. The film, entitled Celebration Day, will be screened across the globe, which started in mid-October in the UK. This will then give way to additional audio and video availability of the concert from 19 November 2012.
Ster-Kinekor, in association with Warner Music and Atlantic, hosted a press screening of the concert today, 31 October 2012; appropriately on Halloween, almost symbolising Led Zeppelin’s “rise from the dead.” Jason Bonham, son of the band’s drummer, John Bonham, filled in for his father who passed away in 1980. The live performance in 2007 was the first full reunion concert since the passing, featuring John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant. The band performed a total of 16 songs, which included 2 encores, from across their range of albums, except their final album, In Through the Out Door.
The concert was seen as a great triumph, as there were fears the band would not be able to perform anywhere near what they had in years gone by. Robert Plant was still able to reach some pretty high notes at different times during the performance, while Jimmy Page impressed again with his guitar skills, squashing any doubts on his rustiness, having not played in public for many years.
The film is a must see for die-hard fans, and will be available for public viewing from 2 – 4 November 2012 at select Ster-Kinekor theatres.