It took more than 27 years, but Led Zeppelin fans got their wish when the band reunited (with Jason Bonham filling in for his late father on drums) at London’s 02 Arena in 2007. Although the band has yet to release a CD or DVD chronicling the concert, one industrious fan has pooled together footage recorded from camera phones and handheld devices to create the next best thing.
The 2007 reunion marked Led Zeppelin’s first full-length concert since drummer John Bonham’s untimely death in 1980. The band played through a full set list of hits including smash singles “Stairway to Heaven” and “Kashmir” before finishing up with a second encore of “Rock and Roll.” The show was part of a tribute to late music executive Ahmet Ertegun.
The concert video, which runs a little longer than two hours, is cobbled together from a variety of recordings and features perspectives from both the front row and balcony. While YouTube fan videos are usually a dime a dozen and posted by anyone with Windows Movie Maker or iMovie, the Zeppelin footage is surprisingly well made, including seamless transitions and decent audio. Click here to see the video.
Sources say there are plans to release the official concert footage on DVD and Blu-Ray, but after five years and no “official” recording, fans may want to embrace the YouTube version for now.
– John Milligan / 98.5 WNCX