A Triumphant Return: The Reviews of the Led Zeppelin Reunion Show are In

Well, this may be my third Led Zeppelin post this month already, but they are the band of the hour and being a fan, the band that is most prominent in my mind right now. This time the reviews of their reunion show are in. Most sources seem to agree, they were incredible and miles away from the last two somewhat unimpressive reunion shows the band played in 85' and 88'. The songs had ton's of energy, intensity and passion, and more importantly, they looked like they were really having fun and even amazing themselves at how good the results sounded, taking their musical chemistry together and letting the tracks evolve and take on a life of their own... all thing's that you'd expect from a Led Zeppelin show.

Also just as expected, there have been clips posted to YouTube before the dust could settle, from various sources. Although the sound isn't always great (due to being bootlegged on cell phones etc, not because of the band) these clips do seem to have some special magic that shows all three surviving members totally enjoying being back together on stage, and an equally excited Jason Bonham loving every minute of playing in his father's footsteps.

Unfortunately all the clips have unfortunately been removed... a shame because there was some great bootleg clips of this historic event.

The actual set list from the show, in case you haven't seen yet, was as follows:
"Good Times, Bad Times"
"Ramble On"
"Black Dog"
"In My Time of Dying"
"For Your Life"
"Trampled Under Foot"
"Nobody's Fault But Mine"
"No Quarter"
"Since I've Been Lovin' You"
"Dazed and Confused"
"Stairway To Heaven"
"The Song Remains the Same"
"Misty Mountain Hop"
"Kashmir"
Encore:
"Whole Lotta Love"
"Rock and Roll"

On first glance it might look pretty typical as it's primarily their bigger songs, and after my last piece on all the songs I'd hope they'd play you might think I would be a little disappointed by that, but I can't really complain as it's still an incredible set, rarities included or not. You might notice "For Your Life" in the set, which was the song Page was alluding to about never having been performed live before... a cool addition as it's one I'm curious to see how they interpreted live. Also deeper tracks like "Trampled Under Foot" and "Misty Mountain Hop" are great choices to keep the energy up along side all the classics.

As I mentioned earlier, most of the reviews I've seen of the show seem to agree with what what I think. The band is not only rehearsed and prepared this time around and is having fun performing their songs to an ecstatic crowd, but also has recaptured a little of that magic again in a slightly different variety (they're not identical to the Zeppelin of old, but just as incredible). In my mind, this has easily dismissed all the negative comments and rumors about them getting back together. This show seems like an amazing performance to add to the band's reputation, without a doubt.

It hasn't been announced yet, but this performance is so good that I'm actually expecting them to announce that they will at least be doing a few other shows, if not a full tour... or maybe that's just me hoping they'll make that announcement. I even delayed this article one day in anticipation that the news would come the day after and I would be able to cover that at the same time. Oh well, lets hope by the time this piece has run, the news will have been announced, or will be tomorrow so that all of us Zeppelin fans who could not be at this event, get a chance to see the band playing great rock and roll again.

As I said in my last piece, to my knowledge there will be a DVD release from this show so keep an eye out for it and for more, better quality videos eventually to show up on Youtube.

There's also a set of nice pictures from the show to check out here from Rolling Stone. The one with the massive "Led Zeppelin" in white on black behind them is especially cool: http://www.rollingstone.com/photos/gallery/17592369/led_zeppelin_returns_photos_from/1

Definitely a triumphant return from the biggest rock band in the world: Led Zeppelin

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