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“It was, ‘Goodbye, everything, it’s been fantastic!'” – Robert Plant on the conclusion of Led Zeppelin’s return.
Robert Plant has shared his recollections of Led Zeppelin’s remarkable 2007 reunion performance in London for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert.
The band’s one-off reunion, featuring Jason Bonham standing in for his late father, John, holds the world record for the ‘Highest Demand for Tickets for One Music Concert,’ with an astonishing 20 million ticket requests for the 19,000-capacity South London venue. In a recent interview with MOJO magazine, Plant confessed that the evening was quite nerve-wracking.
He explained, “It was nerve-wracking because we were already missing John Bonham. The four of us had a responsibility that night, on the 10th of December in London, a responsibility to ourselves, to execute it correctly with the right emotion, as we hadn’t embraced it in such a long time. It was ‘Goodbye Ahmet [Ertegun],’ and it was, ‘Goodbye, everything, it’s been fantastic!’ So it worked, and it was good, and that was it.”
Led Zeppelin’s reunion attracted a star-studded guest list to the O2 Arena, with notable figures such as David Gilmour from Pink Floyd, Jeff Beck, Dave Grohl, Pink, Keith Emerson, Joe Elliott from Def Leppard, Chad Smith from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Paul Rodgers, Noel and Liam Gallagher, Roger Taylor from Queen, Snow Patrol, and supermodels Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss in attendance. The performance was subsequently released on DVD, CD, and vinyl under the title “Celebration Day.”
Five years after the concert, in an interview with MOJO, Jimmy Page confessed that the prospect of another Led Zeppelin concert was highly improbable.
“We were enjoying it for all the right reasons,” Jimmy Page reflected on the 2007 performance. “But there hasn’t been a whisper since then about doing anything, so I can’t really see that anything will happen. If it was going to happen, it would have happened by now.”
Robert Plant also chimed in, stating, “The great thing for the three of us and Jason – and probably because of Jason – was that it really did work. We were able to creep up through the undergrowth of all the ensuing years and peek through and get back into it.”