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Personnel: Robert Plant (vocals, harmonica); Jimmy Page (guitar); John Paul Jones (keyboards, bass guitar); Jason Bonham (drums, percussion, background vocals).Audio Mixer: Alan Moulder. Liner Note Authors: Jimmy Page; John Paul Jones; Robert Plant; Jason Bonham. Recording information: O2 Arena, London (12/06/2007); Shepperton Studios (12/06/2007); O2 Arena, London (12/10/2007); Shepperton Studios (12/10/2007).Director: Dick Carruthers. Editors: Henry Stein; Dick Carruthers. Photographers: Scarlet Page; Ross Halfin; Kevin Westenberg; Chris McCourt. Contrary to popular perception, Led Zeppelin isn't exactly averse to reunions. If anything, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant can't keep away from each other. Just four years after John Bonham's 1980 death, Page laid down guitar on Robert Plant's oldies act the Honeydrippers, and not long after that, John Paul Jones joined the pair for a performance at 1985's Live Aid. That set was trashed by the public and band alike, as was their subsequent 1988 appearance at Atlantic Records' 40th Anniversary celebration, but despite these lackluster gigs, rumors of a full-fledged reunion continued to circulate well into the new millennium, even after Page & Plant recorded a pair of albums in the mid-'90s - a project that caused tension with Jones, who was unaware of the collaboration until its release. Eventually, all the bad blood cooled and the trio once again reunited, this time with Bonham's son Jason on drums, for a full-fledged set as the headliners for the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert. Five years later, this reunion was finally released as Celebration Day, a live album available either as an audio or a CD/DVD set, letting the world at large experience what was roundly and rightly acclaimed as a near-perfect reunion. Why is Celebration Day such a resounding success? The snide answer is rehearsal: Zeppelin knew their previous two returns to the stage weren't up to snuff so they spent a great deal of time woodshedding, real.
Date posted: May 30th, 2014
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