Led Zeppelin Fans Can Enjoy a ‘Celebration Day’
Led Zeppelin’s Facebook page has had people talking for almost a week. The band has been posting updates daily counting down to an announcement. Speculation, or in my opinion false hope, was that the band might tour. Now it’s official, Led Zeppelin announced the release of a concert film capturing the band’s 2007 reunion show at London’s O2 Arena. This was a special event for the band as they were there to honor their friend, and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. They played a blazing 16 song set, and some say it was the toughest concert ticket to get in history. Jason Bonham, the son of the late John Bonham, sat in on drums.
Ertegun was always a believer in Led Zeppelin. He was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, and when asked about signing the band said “From the first time I heard the first cuts of their first album, I knew we had something that was undeniably great”. Zeppelin never got along with the press, and some might say they were the most unapproachable band in history, but were always loyal to Ertegun for his help early in their career.
Rumors were that Zeppelin did not want to get together for the event, but could not turn down a personal request from Mica Ertegun, Ahmet’s wife and president of The Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund. She told Rolling Stone in Sept. ’07: “Ahmet attributed his success to his excellent education, and his ability to recognize innovative artists that touched us all. It was his wish to endow music and liberal Arts scholarships that would enable gifted children to reach their highest creative potential. The Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund was founded with that goal. He would be very proud that Led Zeppelin have chosen to re-unite and headline a benefit concert in his name featuring so many of his friends. I would like to thank all of the artists for their generous contribution to help make Ahmet’s vision a reality.”
Celebration Day will hit theaters first, being released by Omniverse Vision on 1,500 screens on October 17. We can only hope that a CD/DVD release will follow. No details of a retail release have been announced yet, but on the band’s official website posts promise “multiple video and audio formats on November 19 from Swan Song/Atlantic Records.”