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All Hail Led Zeppelin

Posted by The Bay Area Crew, December 9, 2007 04:00pm | Post a Comment

In England it is midnight, Monday, December 10, 2007.  In a matter of mere hours, Led Zeppelin will be reunited on stage to play a tribute show.  Playing at London's O2 Arena, it's a concert in aid of the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund.  Mr. Ertegun, who passed away last year, was co-founder of Atlantic Records and chairman of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame & museum.  Led Zeppelin recorded with Atlantic Records until they released Physical Graffiti on their own Swan Song label in 1975. 

DO YOU UNDERSTAND?  LED ZEPPELIN!!  LIVE!!  TOMORROW!!  Maybe it'll be something like this:




In case you live under a rock and don't know, Led Zeppelin is made up of 4 guys:


from left to right:

John Bonham plays drums

Robert Plant sings

Jimmy Page plays guitar

and John Paul Jones plays bass.









If you are like me and can't make it to London to see this amazing show, here are a few suggestions to satisfy your hunger:


The Song Remains The Same
-1976


THIS MOVIE IS SO FUCKING GOOD!!  It's like porn... no, actually, it's way better than porn.

This movie was filmed during Zeppelin's 1973 U.S. tour.  Live footage was filmed during a 3-night stint at NYC's Madison Square Gardens. 

Along with the truly amazing live footage, there are fantasy sequences, one for each member of the band.  Robert Plant is a knight and John Bonham rides his hot rod to the pub.

You have to watch the special features, especially the 3 or 4 extra songs not included in the feature, including "The Ocean," one of my favorite songs!








This is the Collector's Edition of The Song Remains The Same.  It's not that much more, and it includes an exclusive t-shirt, rare memorabilia, press photos, a poster offer and other footage. 

Somewhat commercially and critically disappointing, the film remains a visual archive of the truly epic nature of their fame and popularity.  They were fucking huge!  They became more popular than the Beatles, and that was a BIGGGGGGGGGGG deal. 

It also makes known the truly insane life of a rock and roll band.  Their manager is wild, the fans are rabid and the music rules all.







This is one of the many amazing performances of the film, and how hot is Jimmy Page?






To accompany all the excitement of the reunion show and the release of the epic film, a greatest hits, Mothership has recently been released.  A solid, comprehensive collection, it's a must have for parties, road trips or Saturday afternoon. 

My only complaint is that "The Ocean" isn't included, but I guess some songs had to be left out. 











This was the first Led Zeppelin CD I ever bought.  It's from a number of Live sessions at the BBC, and a few songs are included multiple times, different takes.  But this CD, like the movie, shows what a tight live band Zeppelin was. 












In closing, I'd like to show you a clip that was included in the special features of School of Rock, a movie starring the lovable Jack Black.  I know I'm a total cheese ball, but this gives me goosebumps!




-maggie the cat

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