Many rock concerts are history-making, but the most notable of the past decade has to be Led Zeppelin’s reunion in 2007.
The British juggernaut took the stage at London’s O2 Arena on December 10, 2007 to headline a tribute concert for Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.
Although 20 million people applied for tickets, the band’s first headline show in 27 years was seen only by the 18,000 lucky enough to have secured seats through the worldwide lottery.
Five years later, the much-anticipated film of the event will be shown around the world for two nights only at movie theaters, including five in Utah.
Following the screenings, the concert film “Celebration Day” will be available in multiple video and audio formats on Nov. 19 .
The concert features the three surviving members of the band: Robert Plant on vocals, Jimmy Page on guitar, and John Paul Jones on bass; Jason Bonham, son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, is on drums. John Bonham’s death in 1980 resulted in the band breaking up, and pleas from fans for the band to tour again have been to no avail.
Despite quick cuts that are used too often in the rapid-fire editing, the film shows the quartet turn in a blistering 16-song, two-hour-plus performance that begins with the band’s first single, “Good Times Bad Times” and ends with “Rock And Roll.”
In between are classics such as “Whole Lotta Love,” “Black Dog,” “Misty Mountain Hop,” “Kashmir,” and, of course, “Stairway to Heaven,” which all capture the band’s captivating blend of beauty, composition and danger.
The chemistry of the trio is evident, and Bonham is especially impressive keeping up with Plant, Page and Jones.
Lastly, be sure to tell theater management to turn the volume up on the film before settling in your seat. This is a film meant to be played loud.
Led Zeppelin in “Celebration Day”
When • Wednesday, Oct. 17, and Thursday, Oct. 18, 7:30 p.m.
Where • Cinemark theaters: Union Heights 16, Midvale; University Mall, Orem; Cinemark 16 Provo, Provo; Salt Lake City 16, Salt Lake City; Cinemark 24 West Jordan, West Jordan
Tickets • $14 for adults, $13 for seniors and students, $12 for children; Rated R; available at theater box offices and at http://www.fathomevents.com/concerts/event/ledzeppelin.aspx
“Celebration Day” set list:
1. Good Times Bad Times
2. Ramble On
3. Black Dog
4. In My Time Of Dying
5. For Your Life
6. Trampled Under Foot
7. Nobody’s Fault But Mine
8. No Quarter
9. Since I’ve Been Loving You
10. Dazed And Confused
11. Stairway To Heaven
12. The Song Remains The Same
13. Misty Mountain Hop
15. Whole Lotta Love
16. Rock And Roll