O2 Arena, Greenwich GB 


December 10, 2007


added by metal ed
added by metal ed
added by metal ed
added by metal ed


The Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert was a benefit concert held in memory of music executive Ahmet Ertegun at The O2 in London on December 10, 2007. The headline act was the English rock band Led Zeppelin, who performed their first full-length concert since the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980, in a one-off concert. Bonham's son Jason Bonham played drums during the band's set, and also provided backing vocals on two songs


"Good Times Bad Times"
"Ramble On"
"Black Dog"
"In My Time of Dying"/"Honey Bee"
"For Your Life"
"Trampled Under Foot"
"Nobody's Fault but Mine"
"No Quarter"
"Since I've Been Loving You"
"Dazed and Confused"
"Stairway to Heaven"
"The Song Remains the Same"
"Misty Mountain Hop"
First Encore:
"Whole Lotta Love"
Second Encore:
"Rock and Roll

Music critics in attendance were unanimous in their praise for Led Zeppelin's performance.
New Musical Express proclaimed, "What they have done here tonight is proof they can still perform to the level that originally earned them their legendary reputation...We can only hope this isn't the last we see of them."
The New Yorker critic Sasha Frere-Jones, who attended the concert wrote, "The failed gigs of the nineteen-eighties and nineties have been supplanted by a triumph, and the band should be pleased to have done Ertegun proud with such a spirited performance."
Members of the band have also expressed their satisfaction with the concert.
Page commented that "it was a wonderful celebration of the music, a celebration of the fact that the essence of it, the energy, was still there,". He also reflected that "It’s great that we did it. I look back on that night with a great amount of fondness, but Jason [Bonham] was the hero. For me that gig was about him.
Plant has stated:
On a musical level, we've had sublime moments and there were several on December 10. Bear in mind that we're old guys now and we're not supposed to be hip-shrugging teenage idols. It was pretty ... I'm not sure 'sincere' is the right word. But it was as real as you're going to get. And Jimmy [Page] was on fire at times.
In an interview he gave to The Times in January 2010, Page recalled:
We played really, really well. But we played with a totally different urgency, if you like, from how we played in the rehearsals — although the rehearsals were pretty damn good, too. I suppose in retrospect the fact there was only one gig then it’s great that everyone afterwards would say that it was an historic and inspiring gig for people to hear.
It is a shame that there weren’t any more that followed on and now we got to two years later and everyone’s doing their own thing and that’s how that is at this point of time or certainly into next year. So that’s it.
added by metal ed

Concert added by metal ed
Average rating  :