Dec 10, 2007: The Night Led Zeppelin Reunited

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Paying homage to one of the biggest dreamers in the industry, Atlantic Records founder and mentor to many, Ahmet Ertegun, the remaining members of Led Zeppelin reunited for a once-in-a-lifetime headline performance during the 2007 Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert. 

Joined by acclaimed contemporaries including Foreigner, Rhythm Kings, and Simon Kirke in opening, the Led Zeppelin trio finally took to stage December 10th, accompanied by the late John Bonham’s son, Jason, on drums for a sensational, jaw-dropping 16-set delivery that even warranted the sale of tickets, as high as $170K, worth it.

The show was a one-off concert that would benefit music students through scholarships throughout the US, UK, and Ertegun's homeland, Turkey. Capturing the overwhelming presence of a performance, the film "Celebration Day" utilized a 16-camera, high quality recording to encapsulate how the famed rock band defied time when reviving their power from within.

While the original show was planned for November 26, the concert was rescheduled for December 10 after guitarist Page broke his finger. 

Thousands twitching with anticipation at the band members' every move, Zeppelin performed with the commandeering presence reminiscent of their youthful premiere, soaring above the audience's sky-high expectations.

The thrilling intake of Page’s menacing solos on his double-headed electric guitar, Jones’ grace on the keys, Plant’s touching vocal tones, even Jason’s aligned drum work, evoked a reverberating sense of the glory and genuine of the Zeppelin authority.

For both super fans and anxious critics attending the most beheld concert of the decade, Zeppelin ascended into a set of multi-dimensional space rock, including the slow crawling “Dazed and Confused,” the never-before-performed-live “For Your Life,” and a second encore of “Rock And Roll” that reminded their awed applauders of the concert’s premise, honoring music executive Ertegun, the man who believed in the band. 

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