Venue: St. James’ Church
Date: Sunday March 17th
Director/Producer: Dick Carruthers
Editor: Jimmy Page
Producer: Jim Parsons
DOP: Eugene O Connor
Director Dick Carruthers will introduce the screening
On December 10th, 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London’s O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. Not having played together for decades, and with no certain outcome, what followed has been hailed as one of the greatest gigs of all time, instantly becoming part of the legend of Led Zeppelin.
Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, to perform 16 songs in an unique performance that went from initial nerves to incredible flights to ultimate triumph.
The evening was intended in every way to be a one-off for that night’s audience only, and despite much speculation thereafter, as such it remained.
Five years later the band reviewed the recorded footage with Director Dick Carruthers, and ultimately decided that it could and indeed should be released as a concert film.
The result; CELEBRATION DAY; is a breathtaking concert film that takes the viewer up on stage and in tight with the band, capturing every note, gear-change, nod, wink and slice of musical virtuosity. It showcases their ‘tight-but-loose’ style; their incredible concentration, inspired improvisation and sheer awesome power; cementing, as if it needed cementing, the reputation of a legendary and peerless live act, as they deliver benchmark performances of classic songs including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock And Roll,” “Kashmir,” and “Stairway To Heaven.”
Twenty million people applied for tickets; only 18,000 got them. Now, five years after Led Zeppelin convened one of the most eagerly awaited reunions in the history of rock and roll, comes the film of the gig. And it’s so good, it might make the disappointment of not having been there even more acute.
Celebration Day is a celebration of rock ‘n’ roll at its most moving, magical and magnificent. Marc Lee, Telegraph