Tuesday, December 11, 2007

Zeppelin's High Mass at the O2

They gathered from the corners of the world, many spending thousands and thousands of dollars to take in the long anticipated reunion of a seventies super group.

Led Zeppelin, one the musical Kings of the seventies re-united for a one night showcase of memories in London. With Jason Bonham taking the place of his long gone father as the drum section, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones revisited those ancient musical interludes that formed the soundtrack to a generation.

Monday night was described as a one off, a reunion in tribute to the founder of Atlantic Records, Ahmet Ertegun. It was his label of the seventies that transformed the sound of British music by bringing Zeppelin, the Stones and many other pivotal artists of the day to the worlds record players, radio stations and stages.

Back in those halcyon days of rock and roll, excess was the yardstick by which a band would exist. The shows, the costumes the hangers on and the pre and post show partying all proved to be part of the lifestyle of the day and to a degree the downfall of many of those of the day.

It's with interest that the rider (contractual agreement) for the Zeppelin reunion show had but a few simple requests. Gone it seems are the days of voluminous quantities of liquor and narcotic, excessive tables of caviar and other exotic food stuffs.

Monday, an ironing board and never ending pots of tea were the key requests of the reunion class from the seventies.

By all accounts the memories of Monday night will last, the show reported to be a smashing success with calls for a reunion tour, something that Plant at least is still hesitant to commit to.

Perhaps, with his hesitation, he's feeling the spirit of the Zeppelin hit Ramble On, which seems to give hints to a band's longevity and mortality.

Leaves are falling all around, It's time I was on my way.
Thanks to you, I'm much obliged for such a pleasant stay.
But now it's time for me to go.
The autumn moon lights my way.
For now I smell the rain, and with it pain, and it's headed my way.
Sometimes I grow so tired, but I know I've got one thing I got to do...

Yet hope springs eternal for Zeppelin fans, a review of some of the accounts of last nights historic reunion.

Press Association--Led Zep fans call for world tour
Telegraph.UK--Led Zeppelin sales soar after concert success
Telegraph.UK--Reviewing the Reviews
Telepraph.UK--A long, lonely time without Led Zeppelin
Mirror.UK--Rave reviews for Led Zep reunion
Belfast Telegraph--A whole lotta thrills on Led Zeppelin's big night
Belfast Telegraph--The return of rock and roll: Led Zeppelin at The O2 London
Financial Times--Led Zeppelin, O2 Arena, London
NPR--Fan Pays $168,000 for Led Zeppelin Ticket
Rolling Stone--Backstage and Beyond
BBC News--Led Zep's song remains the same
The Scotsman--There's life in the legend yet as Led Zeppelin hit new high
New York Times--Led Zeppelin Finds Its Old Power
Los Angeles Times--Led Zeppelin rocks again in London
Time--Led Zeppelin: Seems Like Old Times
NME.UK--Led Zeppelin reunion: The Full report

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