Jimmy Page Reflects On ’07 Led Zeppelin Reunion In New Post
Words by Riley Fitzgerald
Graphic by Soren Starbird
Jimmy Page has reflected on Led Zeppelin‘s 2007 o2 Arena reunion in a new statement posted via his official Instagram account.
“Only one show and we were magnificent,” the guitarist shares.”Magnificent in the rehearsals and magnificent in the show.”⠀
“The production,” he continues, “rehearsals and soundcheck had revealed colors and textures unique to each and the confidence and attitude was outstanding.“⠀
Zeppelin, who had not given a full concert performance since 1980, appeared before a crowd of 20,000.
“There was no warm-up gig,” Jimmy Page recounts, “it was time to reveal the work we had put into the rehearsals and the set.”
As concert film Celebration Day attests the band was in fine form.
Bandmate and former Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant was also pleased.
“It was magnificent,” he told Rolling Stone in 2017. “We hit a home run that night, which is something that we were really fearful of. There was probably more riding on that than we would care to believe. Our performance was crucial, but we could reproduce sound in a much more reliable way, so we could be kickass, and sound kickass. Some of those horrific gigs way back were lacking in quality.”
Despite the willingness of Jimmy Page and original Led Zeppelin bassist John Paul Jones to perform again, Plant was reluctant to continue with any Zeppelin plans.
“Thirty-eight years ago John Bonham passed away,” Plant elaborated to Esquire in 2018, “that’s all I know. That’s it. That’s the story. You know, Led Zeppelin was an amazing, prolific fun factory for a period of time, but it was three amazing musicians and a singer living in the times. Those times. That’s not going to stop me doing what I’m doing now. So that’s a headline, or not a headline. It doesn’t matter to me.”
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The Ahmet Ertegun Tribute at the O2: only one show and we were magnificent. Magnificent in the rehearsals and magnificent in the show.⠀ ⠀ The production rehearsals and soundcheck had revealed colours and textures unique to each and the confidence and attitude was outstanding. ⠀ ⠀ There was no warm-up gig; it was time to reveal the work we had put into the rehearsals and the set.⠀ ⠀ @ledzeppelin has partnered with @youtube for an exclusive streaming event of Celebration Day, the concert film chronicling the band’s historic live performance from 2007. ⠀ ⠀ Celebration Day will premiere this Saturday, May 30, at 8pm UK / 3pm ET / 12pm PT, on the Official Led Zeppelin YouTube channel.⠀ ⠀ Photos: @rosshalfin 2007