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A Legend Restored and captured forever.
on 10 September 2016
Most other reviewers have said all there is to say about this. Recorded at the one off tribute to Ahmet Ertegun the Atlantic Records founder, Ahmet's wife managed to do what almost nobody on earth could ever do- get Led Zeppelin to re-unite for one last gig and here it is captured in its entirety including rehearsals too.
The question was, could they pull it off after the disastrous performance at live aid a haunting memory from 1985 which was well documented at the time?. Everyone will have an opinion on this but given they broke up in 1980 and this came 27 years later there is no sensible reference point for a comparison. What is apparent is that the very closely guarded 6 weeks of rehearsals evidently did get the magic flowing again from a band that effectively ended in 1980 at the death of the staggeringly powerful John Bonham. The results are as good as they could possibly be and with John's son Jason Bonham on drums, it was the most authentic version of Led Zeppelin that there could ever be.
It's a set list to die for an with a nice twist throwing in 'For Your Life' (from 'Presence' 1976) - Personally, i'd love to have seen a real oddball song like 'Hey Hey What can I do' from the 'B' Side of Immigrant song (1970) or 'St. Tristrams' Sword' from the re-released 'Coda' which I think would have had Zep fanatics gushing over for years thrown in, but the set list is as good as it gets.
The effluxion of time is a strange thing and we'd all like to jump in a time machine and head back to the best times in our youth and see some of the most legendary bands that there have ever been at their peak, but the harsh reality is, that this may well be their last ever performance and I would have given a year of my life to have been at this gig, so I can't be objective as Led Zeppelin are the one band I will never get to see live.
In summary, this restored Zeppelins majesty, integrity and legendary status - this is a very well shot and recorded package and captures a graceful and powerful swansong.