Love 'em or hate 'em, fan favorite and every old-school rock critic's punching bag Led Zeppelin laughed all the way to the bank (on 90% of the gate receipts) and into history books in the '70s. After drummer John Bonham's death, the band called it quits except for a few reunions. But after a poor showing at Live Aid (with Phil Collins on drums for goodness sake), Zep wanted to give fans one last great concert.
In December, 2007, they finally put it together at the London 02 Arena with Bonham's son Jason on drums. It was a great show. Plant--fresh off his GRAMMY winning album with Alison Krauss--was on fire and Jimmy Page (who had briefly postponed the show due to a 'broken finger') was spot-on as well. Since then, Plant has told the press he's done with Led Zeppelin.
"I've gone so far somewhere else that I almost can't relate to it," Plant told Rolling Stone
. "I see there's some kind of remit about the Tibetan Hook of the Paid that we have to keep going to hack to. It's a bit of a pain in the pisser, to be honest. Who cares? I know people care, but think about it from my angle. Soon I'm going to need help crossing the street."
The long awaited film of the show, Celebration Day,
will be shown on 1,500 movie screens October 17 to be followed by a DVD release. Page, Plant, and bassist John Paul Jones will receive a Kennedy Center Honor in December along with Buddy Guy. You can probably be sure the show won't be unplugged.