Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page has spoken to the BBC’s Later music show about the forthcoming Celebration Day DVD. It documents Led Zeppelin’s return to the live stage in December 2007.
Page says the band only came back together in honor of Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertergun. “Ahmet Ertegun had died, and a foundation was set-up with a show to be played at (London’s) O2 Arena,” says Page. “We were asked to do 20 minutes… but we did 2 hours and 20 minutes.”
Page added, “it was really good to get back with Jason (Bonham) and have a really good crack at it.” Jason Bonham played with Led Zeppelin at Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary show in 1988, when five songs were played. Page is full of praise for Bonham Jr. “By my estimation, Jason had the hardest job. The energy he had was phenomenal. Fabulous drummer.”
Of the Celebration Day DVD itself, in stores on 19 November, Page says, “there are some seriously powerful moments in this. When we came back to look at it, even we (the band) went, Wow!”
But of any more Led Zeppelin shows, Page is pessimistic. “We’re almost five years after the O2 concert. I must say, I thought there might be some other get-together, for some reason or other. But as the years tick by… one year, two years, three years, four years… It doesn’t look very likely, does it?”
Gibson.com will run an interview with Celebration Day director Dick Carruthers next week.