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Celebration Day the movie,
This review is from: Celebration Day [2CD+DVD--DVD Case]  [NTSC] (DVD)
Music: 4.5 stars; Performances: 5 stars; Movie: 4 stars
I saw the movie in a theatre here today in Cincinnati (Ohio). The movie was being shown tonight "one night only" across theatres in the US, in anticipation of the DVD/CD combo release in stores next week. First as to the music, it is stellar of course, and I enjoyed the first hour of the movie more than the second hour, due to its inclusion of some latter-day and/or not-so-obvious Led Zep tunes, in particular "In My Time of Dying", and even more so "For Your Life", one of my all time favorite Zep tracks (and one which Robert Plant announced as one they had never played live before), and "Nobody's Fault But Mine", equally stellar. The second hour of the show concentrates more on the 'greatest hits'. While I really enjoyed "Dazed and Confused", I was somewhat disappointed that is was only an 11 min. version (dare I say "mini-version"?) of the legendary and much longer live versions we've heard in earlier days. I know that the band HAD to play "Stairway to Heaven" but if they never play it again, it'll be too soon for me, I just have been over-exposed to it over the many years (Led Zep's equivalent of Pink Floyd's "Money"). "Kashmir" was another outstanding "newbie". I rate the music selection 4.5 stars.
As to the performances, what can you say. They are simply jaw-dropping. Jimmy Page (age 63 at the time) still has the licks, and then some. I just marveled how he got those incredible sounds from his guitar. Robert Plant has preserved his voice in a very nice way. John Paul Jones played a surprising amount of songs on the keyboards, but his work on the base remains outstanding. There was one song (can't remember which one) in which he played the 8 string bass guitar, and I just wished the camera would've stayed on him more during that song. And Jason Bonham did more than well, sitting in for his dad. The performances are 5 stars.
Finally as to the movie itself, it was a great experience in the theatre, with the full sound in a theatre (I don't care how good your set-up at home is, it can never match the theatre sound). That said, it was really too bad that the editing of the movie is so herky-jerky, with camera angles moving almost every second. I just wished the movie angle would stay put for a bit and let me enjoy, but that hardly ever happened. And what is with the frequent shots of the video screens? I mean, do you really want to see that instead of the band itself? I rate the movie editing 4 stars.
That said, it was a great experience to see the 2007 "Celebration Day" concert in the theatre tonight. I will buy this set for the CDs, as I doubt that I will play the DVD much at home, having seen the movie in the theatre. As an aside, I had the good fortune of catching Led Zeppelin once in concert, on the 1980 European tour, sadly only months before John Bonham would pass away. What an incredible evening that was. And as "Celebration Day" proves (once again), the music of Led Zeppelin will live on forever!
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Initial post: 20 Nov 2012 09:04:00 GMT
mmm i was thinking when we and zep are long gone there will be zep albums in the shops,like in 50to100 years time,far out ...........
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