The three living members of legendary British rock band, Led Zeppelin, played their much-anticipated reunion gig last night in London. It was a one-off performance as part of a charity show. The band reportedly played for over two hours, and included more hits and surprises than you can shake a stick at. Rumors abound that they will continue on a tour, but no official word of that happening, yet. Here’s an excerpt from Ray Bennett’s review of the show, courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter:
Original members Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Robert Plant blasted onto the stage with drummer Jason Bonham taking the place of his father, John Bonham, who died in 1980. The stage was brilliant and the lighting looked great, with an excellent video display offering multiple images behind the live players.
Page, 63, is stout these days, with puffy features and frizzled hair, but his fingers move just as quick. Plant, 59, whose visage is more familiar with all the publicity he’s been doing for his hit album “Raising Sand” with Alison Krauss, appeared like a well-fed Anglo Wild Bill Hickok, commanding the stage and still finding those elusive trills.
Jones, 61, was clean cut, all business on keyboards or bass, and Bonham at the drums looked beefy but fit. They began with a brisk version of “Good Times, Bad Times,” with Page’s guitar crisp and clear but Plant’s voice cramped by feedback. When “Ramble On” followed, Plant’s microphone was working better and he sounded in good voice, growling and snapping just like he used to.