Led Zeppelin nearly turned their one-off gig at the O2 Arena in London back in 2007 into a full-on reunion tour, but ended up scrapping that idea when lead singer Robert Plant opted to pursue a different project.
“Some of us thought we would be continuing, that there were going to be more concerts in the not-too-distant-future,” Jimmy Page told Rolling Stone. “[Robert Plant] was busy,” says Page. “He was doing his Alison Krauss project. I wasn’t fully aware it was going to be launched at the same time. So what do you do in a situation like that? I’d been working with the other two guys for the percentage of the rehearsals at the O2. We were connecting well. The weakness was that none of us sang.”
Well, that sucks. There is some consolation in the fact that the O2 gig was just recently released as a DVD/Blu-Ray and live album called Celebration Day.
The footage from that movie shows that Led Zep are still pretty amazing, even if they’re a lot older now and drummer John Bonham has been dead for decades. Here’s a pretty astonishing version of “Kashmir”…
And here’s a performance of “Black Dog” that makes most young bands right now look pretty tame and lethargic.