by Adam Gold
It’s been a long time since Led Zeppelin rocked and rolled — five years, to be (almost) exact. That’s when the reunited hard rock godfathers (and drummer Jason Bonham) performed their first full concert since disbanding in 1980. The one-off gig — a tribute concert for friend and famed Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, held at London’s O2 Arena on Dec. 10, 2007 — was the hottest ticket in rock history, with 20 million fans logging on to buy tickets and setting a Guinness World Record for “Highest Demand for Tickets for One Music Concert.”
Seeing as how singer Robert Plant has repeatedly expressed that (and I’m paraphrasing here) he’d rather eat moldy hospital food in the bowels of a sewage treatment center than make hundreds of millions of dollars on a Led Zeppelin reunion tour, the London O2 '07 gig stands as the band’s, well, last stand, making the 18,000 fans who got to see it in the flesh some pretty lucky fucks.
The rest of us sad sacks must settle for a Celebration Day — a concert film documenting the momentous performance (trailer above). The film plays tonight and tonight only at The Belcourt. Showtime is 9:30 p.m. That gives you just shy of six hours to link up with your old friend, Ellis D. Patrick Rodgers.