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Led Zeppelin’s 'Celebration Day' concert to stream on YouTube

The band delivered a brilliantly diverse set in tribute to Turkish American record label executive Ahmet Ertegun

Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant. The band will stream their final 2007 live performance on YouTube for three days. Fadel Senna / AFP 
Led Zeppelin lead singer Robert Plant. The band will stream their final 2007 live performance on YouTube for three days. Fadel Senna / AFP 

Led Zeppelin will stream their final live performance on YouTube.

From Saturday, May 30 to Monday, June 1, fans can log on to the band's YouTube page to check out their Celebration Day concert , which was held at London's O2 Arena in 2007.

The performance was later immortalised on film and as a live album in 2012.

The concert was part of a memorial event for the late Ahmet Ertegun. The Turkish American businessman was the founder of Atlantic Records and worked with many of rock's seminal acts including Led Zeppelin, Ray Charles, Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones.

Ertegun passed away in 2006 at the age of 83 after succumbing to injuries caused by a fall during a Rolling Stones concert.

Zeppelin’s memorial performance was their first full show in 27 years and such was the anticipation that 20 million people applied for tickets through an online lottery.

A show full of hits and unexpected gems

In addition to surviving members, bassist John Paul Jones, guitarist Jimmy Page and singer Robert Plant, the London show also featured drummer Jason Bonham, the son of the Led Zeppelin’s original sticks-man John Bonham, who died in 1980.

When it comes to the set-list, the band delivered a brilliantly diverse showcase of their career. In addition to the hits Kashmir, Black Dog and Stairway to Heaven, the 16-song gig also featured the debut full performances of classic tracks Ramble On and For Your Life.

'For Your Life' feels good, mainly because we've never played it much,” Jones said in a pre-concert press conference. “It all feels quite fresh to me because I haven't played any of this stuff for years and I never listen to the records at home.”

Robert Plant: rock'n'roll's greatest thief

To whet your rock appetite even more, check out Plant's exclusive interview with The National, where he discussed his career and and what drives him creatively.

"The thing is I am not a student, I am a thief. I absorb all of it without having a name for it," he said. "There are many musicians who have a frame of reference for the musical styles they are interested in. I am not one of those, I like what I like and that’s it. For example, I won’t be trying to go to Abu Dhabi or Bahrain for any particular reason. I just sail through life and if I like a technique or a sound that I like, I jump on it."

Updated: May 29, 2020 02:32 PM

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