- Posted October 10, 2012 by
New York, New York
This iReport is part of an assignment:
Your rock and roll memories
Celebrating Led Zeppelin
- Jamescia, CNN iReport producer
On Tuesday, October 9, 2012 Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones attended the premiere of their concert movie, 'Led Zeppelin Celebration Day' at New York City's Ziegfeld Theater. The concert, a tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Gertegun, was filmed at the 02 Arena in London in 2007. The concert reunited the band that had not played together in over twenty years. The band was joined by drummer Jason Bonham, son of John Bonham, the original Zeppelin drummer who died in 1980.
Members of the band were joined on the red carpet by other legendary rockers, including Kurt Hammett, lead vocalist and guitarist for Metallica and Paul Stanley, founder and lead vocalist of the band Kiss and drummer Chad Smith of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. Asked what he thought of the new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame policy of allowing fans to vote for their favorite inductees, Kurt Hammett said he was unaware of the new policy but happy to hear of it. "It's good," he said with a laugh, "that means more bands will get in...Judas Priest will get in!"
Earlier in the day, the band held a press conference where they were asked if they would consider a reunion tour. The answer was 'no' and caused a 'contentious' give and take with some of the press who wanted to press the issue, according to an eye witness.
Led Zeppelin is one of this iReporter’s favorite bands. They arguably created the heavy metal sound. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1985.
Watching the movie, it is clear they have lost none of the magic. There are moments when watching is too much, as the eye tries to keep up with the visually stunning cinematography while the brain and ear want to listen. Listening instead with eyes closed, the music washes over you in waves with nuances you just don't hear if you're watching the action. I found the movie exciting, the music better than ever all these years later, and the virtuosity of Jimmy Page on guitar stunning. There is one scene where one must watch. Playing the guitar on 'Dazed and Confused' with a string bow, Page does things that ought to be illegal. He wrings notes, sounds and melody out of the guitar that you never would have thought possible.
Celebration Day opens worldwide, in 1500 theaters, on October 17, 2012 and will be released on video and audio on November 19, 2012. Personally, this iReporter is hoping there is a vinyl release of this concert so I can put it on a 'record player' and listen, eyes closed, to the magic that is Led Zeppelin.
Photos: 1. Robert Plant
2. L-R Jason Bonham, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones
3. Kurt Hammett, Jimmy Page, Chad Smith
4. Paul Stanley
5. The Ziegfield Theater