According to a posting (since removed) on the web site of Belgian classic rock radio station RTBF, LED ZEPPELIN‘s reunion for the Ahmet Ertegun tribute concert at London’s O2 Arena in December 2007 will finally be released on DVD and CD in November. Citing sources at Warner Music, the site reported that the set will consist of a double DVD accompanied by two CDs.
An estimated nine million people applied for the 18,000 tickets to the O2 Arena show, which featured Jason Bonham taking his late father’s place behind the drum kit.
In its review of the concert, NME.com wrote that LED ZEPPELIN singer Robert Plant spoke little during the show, but when he did, it was mostly to pay tribute to Ertegun, who he said after first encore “Whole Lotta Love”, “ran the best label in the world” in Atlantic Records.
Speaking to the Los Angeles radio station KLOS in December 2010, Jason stated about the prospect of the concert being released on DVD, “Nothing is official, as yet. I only know that because Robert had said that he’d watched it. I really do hope that it eventually will see the light of day. It’s just nice to know that Robert had seen it, so I knew something, but it was nice that he rang up and said, ‘Wow, it sounded great.’ Fingers crossed, everybody… fingers crossed.”
In an interview with U.K.’s Telegraph.co.uk, Plant was asked about ZEPPELIN‘s 2007 reunion concert. “I really had a wonderful time,” said Plant. “It was the best LED ZEPPELIN gig since 1975.”
When asked if he would do it again, Plant replied, “I don’t think so. You’ve got to have a lot in common with the people you’re working with at this time in your life. Everything has to move on and forward, in all relationships.
“I know that bands that haven’t put out a record for 10 years are playing to 20,000 people a night. But that’s not the achievement. The achievement is to knock yourself out. It’s a very selfish thing. The tail must never wag the dog.”
A few months back, radio personality and “That Metal Show” co-host Eddie Trunk tweeted, “Heard from a very reliable source backstage at AEROSMITH show that there will be some sort of LED ZEPPELIN activity around Christmas.”