Led Zeppelin | 12.10.07 | London

Words & Images by: Ian Feder

Led Zeppelin :: 12.10.07 :: O2 Arena :: London, England

Led Zeppelin :: 12.10.07 :: London
For fans of legendary rockers Led Zeppelin the thought of seeing them in concert had long been an unattainable dream. In 1980, Led Zeppelin broke up following the tragic death of drummer John Bonham and hadn't played a full show under the Zep name since. However, on December 10, 2007 at the O2 Arena in London, the dreams of 20,000 people were fulfilled at the one night only concert that brought together Jimmy Page (63), Robert Plant (59), John Paul Jones (61) and John Bonham's son, Jason (41) filling the drum chair.

The night before the concert, there was a group of about 40 dedicated fans camped out all day in order to get the best view from the General Admission floor. The long, cold night turned into a Led Zeppelin pre-party, with music being played and sung by fans from Canada, America, Columbia, Brazil, England, Ireland and even one young fan who was brave enough to come from Germany with no ticket. Dedicated fans that waited out that night found him a ticket for only 300 pounds – a bargain given the astronomical prices being reported for after-market tickets.

As night turned into day, hoards of people flooded into the O2 to pickup their tickets and wait for the doors to open. During the day there was a Zeppelin cover band that played as we slowly moved through the cramped, metal-gated line like a herd of music loving cattle.

Jimmy Page - Led Zeppelin :: 12.10.07 :: London
At 6:00 p.m. the doors opened and the show began promptly at 7:15 p.m. with an introduction by promoter Harvey Goldsmith about the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund (for which the show was a benefit) and its three lifetime scholarships; one in Ertegun's hometown in Turkey, one at Oxford in England and one in America.

After the opening acts quickly ran through their very brief, sometimes one song sets, the house lights dimmed and the crowd let out a ground shaking cheer for the headliner as the enormous video screen lit up to show a clip from The Song Remains the Same DVD about when the band broke The Beatles show attendance record in 1973.

At the end of the clip, the screen went dark for a moment and the band opened up with the first song off of their first album, "Good Times Bad Times," in an absolutely explosive manner. Dressed in all black, except for Jimmy Page's white shirt, they played the song a little slower than usual, and while the audience was going absolutely mad, the band did not seem 100-percent together yet. Without a pause, Plant steered them into a very bluesy "Ramble On," then proved that he hadn't lost as much as everyone feared by belting out a powerful "Black Dog," where the crowd sang all of the "ah-ahs" back at him.

By this point, the band had pulled everything together and it was hard to believe that they had not played a complete show together in 27 years. Before a soulful, well-received "In My Time of Dying," Plant spoke to the crowd for the first time, simply saying, "Good evening." Plant then introduced "For Your Life" and let everyone know that it was the band's first live attempt at this song. While the excitement and energy in the O2 Arena was already near maximum, this took it to inconceivable levels.

Led Zeppelin :: 12.10.07 :: London
After their extremely successful foray into that never-before-played song from Presence, John Paul Jones led Zep into what Plant described as the band's attempt to sound like Robert Johnson's "Terraplane Blues" – "Trampled Under Foot." They then unleashed a powerful "Nobody's Fault But Mine," with the band members all smiling at one another and standing within arm's reach of each other.

Before the next song, the stage went suddenly dark and the crisp, clean sound of Jones' keyboard started the audience dancing. Blue light flooded the stage as smoke rolled out during fan favorite "No Quarter," which ended with Plant praising Jones who wailed on keys and bass throughout the tune.

After a bluesy trip through "Since I've Been Loving You," Jones' bass announced the epic, solo infused "Dazed and Confused," which lasted for 10 minutes and saw Page use a cello bow for his solo while covered in laser beams. Afterwards Plant exclaimed, "Jimmy Page on electric guitar!"

Amid the undying cheers, the band transitioned into "Stairway to Heaven," which generated an even greater level of excitement that was maintained during the remainder of the show. At times it was difficult to hear the words sung by Plant with the audience overpowering him with the might of their combined voices. "The Song Remains the Same" followed and was warmly received though the performance itself was rather predictable.

Led Zeppelin :: 12.10.07 :: London
The quick, powerful "Misty Mountain Hop" opened with Plant saying how great of a job Jason Bonham was doing filling his father's shoes. This was followed by possibly the most epic song of the night, "Kashmir." It wasn't only that Plant announced, "We've got people from 50 countries here and this is the 51st," nor the incredibly psychedelic backdrop on the monstrous screen behind the band, nor the deep Middle Eastern style riff, but more the feeling that this was the culmination of this entire dream-like experience. They left the stage to the loudest applause of the night.

Would these gods of rock come out for an encore? Of course, and the noise level in the arena never dampened as Page vaulted into the main riff of "Whole Lotta Love." He rocked through the entire song including an extended freakout session using his Theremin. At the conclusion, Plant said, "Thanks to everybody. Thanks, Ahmet." The band left the stage again and the arena lights came up for about 30 seconds, but the audience did not let up their thunderous roar for more Zeppelin, bringing the boys out for one more.

They finished with a bang. "Rock and Roll" is what this band and this night embodied to everyone in attendance. The essence of rock 'n' roll, in the primal, archetypal sense, was in the O2 Arena. Congratulations to those lucky few who were able to bask in the presence of Led Zeppelin, and good luck to the hopeful millions who pray for a future world tour so that they too may experience what a true rock show is all about.

Setlist:
Good Times, Bad Times, Ramble On, Black Dog, In My Time of Dying For Your Life (first time ever played live), Trampled Underfoot, Nobody's Fault But Mine No Quarter, Since I've Been Lovin' You, Dazed and Confused, Stairway To Heaven, The Song Remains the Same, Misty Mountain Hop, Kashmir
Encore: Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll

Led Zeppelin - Kashmir - Live in London 2007

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MartinHalo Fri 12/14/2007 12:00PM
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MartinHalo

gods...

HarlandEast starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/14/2007 12:14PM
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i think my head would explode.. play a show in the states

onearmguitarist starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/14/2007 12:20PM
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onearmguitarist

BOnNAROO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

stevejols Fri 12/14/2007 12:54PM
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are zep and metallica really doing bonnaroo? Radiohead is great, Tool is great. Zep might be i don't know how they sound. Metallica? Give me a f*cking break

MaseBase starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/14/2007 01:11PM
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MaseBase

Gezus, this would be the more than incredible. Page with gray hair, HA!

craikes13 starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/14/2007 01:53PM
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craikes13

These guys are gonna destoy the world summer 2008!

....but

is it just me, or does Plant look too much like Dee Snider, specifically, his Twisted Sister image?

Elemley Fri 12/14/2007 02:10PM
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brianeh Fri 12/14/2007 02:12PM
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^^^

no if anything Dee would look like Plant considering Plant has been around much longer

and no Metallica is not playing B'Roo they have a press release saying so, Zeppelin has no tour dates so until further notcie they arnt playing either

now that i've said all that... FUCK YEAH LED ZEPPELIN

sunnbear starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/14/2007 02:24PM
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sunnbear

WE'RE NOT WORTHY!!! WE'RE NOT WORTHY!!!

moejoerisin Fri 12/14/2007 03:30PM
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moejoerisin

is it just me or does j. page now look like his aged wizard alter-ego from 'the song remains the same'?

http://picasaweb.google.com/soundofmusic01/LedZeppelin/photo#5101948485419982962

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/517JCGVXZ3L._AA280_.jpg

good stuff.. great concert review. i'm sure the experience was something unforgetable for you, ian.. thanks for sharing it with us!

snappy Fri 12/14/2007 03:40PM
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snappy

I gently refer to it as "wizarding" when aging, mostly English rock musicians start to look like the faculty at Hogwarts. This phrase first came to at a Yes show a few years back when it seemed like both Steve Howe and Rick Wakeman looked like they should be teaching the dark arts to Mr. Potter and his friends. Page looks like he's well into his "wizarding" in these shots, and that nifty goatee on Plant along with his blizzard of blond-grey hair makes him not far behind his guitarist.

willydog Fri 12/14/2007 04:01PM
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Ston starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/14/2007 04:03PM
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Wow...goosebumps! Nice to see Plant hitting those notes. Or trying his best. Fingers crossed so hard they are on the verge of breaking that they play a handful of shows in the US.

theRabble Fri 12/14/2007 05:40PM
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theRabble

sounds amazing.....saturday night bonnaroo headliners?

DirtyRice starstarstarstarstar Sat 12/15/2007 01:33PM
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DirtyRice

i dont care if plant is singing through a processor or any other technological assistance, he is belting out the vocals on that kashmir like back in the days. This looks like the best gig ever! They should just tour the world in 08 and put all other "reunion" tours to shame.

karacter0 Sun 12/16/2007 04:13AM
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karacter0 Sun 12/16/2007 04:13AM
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karacter0

Cue the thumbs downs of denial.

redhed starstarstarstarstar Sun 12/16/2007 08:24AM
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redhed

come to america, it's been a long time since i rocked and rolled

ScIFreak Sun 12/16/2007 09:41AM
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ScIFreak

Led Zep would ruin Bonnaroo.... Oh wait, Bonnaroo has already Been Ruined by the Police and Tool last year.... And I would not be surprised if they do play Bonnaroo since Jones was there....

ScIFreak Sun 12/16/2007 09:43AM
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ScIFreak

Can't wait to see trey as a wizard...........

Elemley Sun 12/16/2007 11:56AM
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man, it sucks that two bands ruined your whole festi

‹^› ‹(•¿•)› ‹^› {¬¿¬} starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/17/2007 05:46AM
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haha!! one or two bands u do not like RUIN you entire commercial roo experience?? woow dude. your life must be hell. ever hear of going to another stage? I never met such a hating SCI fan before in my life. U are the KING.

GO ZEPPELIN!!!!!! glad u played a show. this was a fantastic revue!!!!

guitardave starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/17/2007 07:01AM
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guitardave

SCI is a nice band but Zeppelin takes a giant shit on them. Does Zep even need to play Bonnaroo? Chances are they could create Zepfest (ala Ozzy), but then the gig would be filled with all of the same lame-o nu-metal bands that do Ozzfest.

knibbs starstarstarstar Mon 12/17/2007 09:00AM
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Agreed guitardave comparing SCI and Zep? that's like comparing getting laid and getting kicked in the balls-twice. I hope they do headline the Roo I might actually go to it again; I hope tool returns too! fuck all the haters music is evolving people! So get over it.

ScIFreak Mon 12/17/2007 11:02AM
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blower starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/17/2007 12:42PM
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"Mainstream Forum for Jamhaters"-Oh the beauty of hypocrisy!! What a jackass!! Of course SCIFreak is too stupid to realize he is hating on one of the founding "Jambands". Zeppelin was mixing improvisation with other genres before Kang or you were even born. Zeppelin, Grateful Dead, Hendrix were the originators of "jambands".

"SCI doing Kashmir better than Zeppelin"-HAHAHAHA That is the most rediculous post ever on jambase-congratulations!!!!.

Did you guys actually think a recording through a cell phone played through youtube is going to sound good? Check out a real recording of the show before you admit to being the fool. I like SCI, but Knibss really said all that needs to be said.

Zeppelin is not going to play the Roo. They could sell out 80,000 seat venues anywhere in the world without any other bands. I doubt they would take a pay cut to play at Bonnarroo.

Long live Led Zeppelin!!!!! Tour Please!

phalluscooper Mon 12/17/2007 09:03PM
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phalluscooper

Led Zep at Bonnaroo... Dream on. Pink Floyd, Cream and The Faces will tour on a single bill before Led Zeppelin plays a U.S. music festival. Why play a festival when you can draw a the same numbers on your own steam?

karacter0 Tue 12/18/2007 02:34AM
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karacter0

By saying "music is evolving" do you mean "Led Zepplin has one foot in the grave and they spent too much time at the pub"?

bobertjohnson starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/18/2007 06:38AM
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Anyone who has anything remotely negative to say about Led Zeppelin might as well stop listening to music all together.

umoe star Tue 12/18/2007 07:18AM
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umoe star Tue 12/18/2007 07:20AM
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blower starstarstarstar Tue 12/18/2007 01:06PM
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Zeppelin does not need money. That whole conept is wrong. Give up already! They made more last year in album sales alone than bands like MOE, UM, SCI have made there in entire careers touring and producing albums. Ingnorance runs so ramped on this website it is astonishing.

I would bet that both UM and MOE would list Zeppelin as one of the greatest bands ever and would be stoked to see them live as would any fan of rock and roll.

ScIFreak Tue 12/18/2007 04:24PM
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ScIFreak

Yea I really give a shit what that artist I like listens to.... Moe could tell me that the Spice Girls is the best band ever, I would still think that the Spice Girls are wack as hell. Most people who are Zep fans are like straight up in their 50's, they can use their retirment funds to see Plant shit all over your eardrums.

nabraham starstarstarstarstar Tue 12/18/2007 11:38PM
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Hahahahaha. You haters have some mad catching up to do. "moe. is ... Led Zeppelin, Steely Dan and Gram Parsons" And Zep doesn't give a damn about the legions of metal-bands they spawned. All they've ever done is played the blues harder than anyone ever did before them (or after). So many jam bands get on their knees for all that is Zeppelin - Phish, moe., Bisco, SCI, Umphrey's, G-mule, Galactic, Ben Harper, Keller, MMJ; how bout Bustle in your Hedgerow-a jamband entirely devoted to the band. And anyone who compares the Spice Girls to Zep deserves to have their eardrums gloriously blown out by a Plant wail. Maybe then you'll shut the hell up.

http://www.infoplease.com/ipea/A0151020.html - 5 albums over 10 million. It's cool though, Rolling Stone bashed Zep too... someone has to wear the dunce cap so the rest of the class can laugh at them.

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as you can see, I posted something lucid here.. I like zeppelin plenty!!

guitardave starstarstarstarstar Wed 12/19/2007 11:58AM
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guitardave

Are there any SCI tunes that Zeppelin would want to cover?....I didn't think so.

Captain_America Wed 12/19/2007 06:10PM
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Captain_America

werd up

i hope plant shits on my ears... and soon!

Elemley Fri 12/21/2007 09:46AM
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the stones do not need the money; im sure they just love to play still. they can do as they please since they are the greatest rock and roll band ever.

surlybuf Fri 12/21/2007 10:38AM
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Page should tour with the Crowes so there is new blood. Are you kidding? All the Crowes are over forty. Maybe Jack White and Plant should tour with Meg playing the part of Bonham.

guitardave starstarstarstarstar Fri 12/21/2007 12:34PM
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guitardave

Does age really matter anymore, As long as you can deliver the goods? It used to be that the only 60 year old singers were the torch song, Sinatra, Dean Martin, types. I remember seeing the Stones in 1989 for the Steel Wheels Tour, they were all in their late forties, with a then-52 year old Bill Wyman. I wasn't sure how good it would be, but they came back with a vengeance and blew up crappy Shea Stadium. Being older gave them something to prove and they dominated, unlike what Mick Jagger refers to as their " mid to late 70s drug tours".

ambo2a Fri 12/21/2007 07:13PM
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SCI freak is the biggest J.O. ever. Let me guess, SCI is better than the Dead also. Got news for you, Ive seen them a few times, and I would rather go see the police or tool or countless other bands and definitely would pay lots of money to see Led Zeppelin. I dont know about 50 cent playing bonnaroo, but Jurassic 5 and a few other rap artists added a very nice mix to it. Maybe you should just stick to the smaller fests with SCI and UM headling rather than crappy old Led Zeppelin or Tom Petty or some other Rock and Roll HOF inductee.

mrkrinkle6884 Mon 12/24/2007 05:24PM
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mrkrinkle6884

surlybuf...Meg couldnt keep up with what Bohnam did. She is not that great, they should just leave it to Bohnam Jr. Anyways... I hope to SCIENCE(or god your choice) that LedZep is not playing B'Roo. B'Roo clearly needs for their mainstrean main stage act to be The Black Crowes, so that way NorthMiss will play an awesome Sunday afternoon set while the sun goes down. And late night Glitch Mob, and BRING BACK AMON TOBIN!!!! and lets get The Melvins & Big Business with a taste of late night Primus again.(if their new album comes out on Prawn Song soon enough) along with ELECTRIC MASADA or something with Marc Ribot..and Mouse On Mars

manlejo starstarstarstarstar Mon 12/31/2007 03:56PM
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1. skipped most of this thread. jambase fans, we really need to lighten up.

2. mrkrinkle: agreed, agreed, agreed.

3. Glad to hear that the boys still rocked! I was worried that these guys were too old to play a decent rock show, but it sounds good, and I'll bet it was intense! Won't be seeing them, as I don't believe in outrageously inflated ticket prices (never seeing Clapton, Paul Simon, or so many others for that reason) but good on ya to whoever sees this world tour. Peace.

colinj_murphy starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/5/2008 10:22PM
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colinj_murphy

Come to Red Rocks

shootermcgavin08 starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/16/2008 07:21PM
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shootermcgavin08

Ok I'm ready for a zep tour in the U.S. now

n-1 starstarstar Fri 10/31/2008 10:53AM
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marketing ploy, this is just as big as when jimmy page and robert plant were playing together, the led zep sound was arguably more right on then, given that most people overlook the bass. its cool that two zep members are playing but its not led zepplin, i wonder why they didnt call it zeppling when page and plant were playing?

n-1 Fri 10/31/2008 10:53AM
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oh and plant seems like a real grumpy old coot