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Posted November 26, 2012
Following drummer John Bonham's death in 1980, Led Zeppelin grou
Following drummer John Bonham's death in 1980, Led Zeppelin grounded the airship and went home. While other seminal rock groups from the '60s endeavored to keep their places at the trough despite their advancing age, Led Zeppelin seemed to be content to rest on their laurels and let the industry grind on without them. But really the giant was merely sleeping and in 1970 it suddenly sat up and announced that they'd be putting on one mammoth show in London for the sheer joy of performing and to reinforce their reputation as one of the greatest rock groups of the era.
Keeping the fun in the family, so to speak, they took aboard John Bonham's son, Jason, and rehearsed for 6 months. The result, as documented in "Celebration Day", is wonderful. The band performs at the top if its form, blasting out familiar, but still fresh, versions of some of their greatest material. The DVD in particular is a joyful spectacle that deserves to be seen by all discerning rock fans.
I was lucky enough to have seen Zeppelin in Dublin, way back in 1971. I think I love them more than ever having seen this sublime example of geezer rock at its absolute best.
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