Led Zeppelin Releases 2007 Concert Film, Set for Kennedy Honors
Back in 2007, Led Zeppelin reunited for a “Celebration Day” concert to honor Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, and soon that concert will be released to theaters and on home video.
During the concert, the three remaining members of Led Zeppelin – Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones – were joined on stage by drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late drummer John Bonham.
The group played 16 songs at London’s O2 Arena in a set that stretched over two hours. It was the first time the band had headlined a show in 27 years, and they played classics including “Stairway to Heaven,” “Dazed and Confused” and “Kashmir.” The band’s official website reports that more than 20 million people applied for tickets to the show, though only 18,000 were able to win tickets through a lottery system.
The concert film will be shown in around 1,500 theaters around the world starting October 13, and multiple audio and video formats will be released on November 19. Led Zeppelin’s website reports that “specific product details will be announced soon.”
In other news from the band, they will be honored as recipients of the 2012 Kennedy Center Honors this December. Other recipients this year are Buddy Guy, David Letterman and Dustin Hoffman.
The Kennedy Center Honors are the nation’s highest honor for artists that have included American culture.
“We owe a large debt to the vitality and variety of the music of the American people,” the band wrote in a statement.
Along with the honor, the recipients will have dinner with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, and then participate in a reception hosted by president Barack Obama. Additionally, all recipients will be honored by their fellow artists in a show that will be held December 2 and then broadcast by CBS on December 26.