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Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day

Consider this live document of Led Zeppelin’s one-night-only 2007 reunion a “way overdue career victory lap.”

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Consider this live document of Led Zeppelin’s one-night-only 2007 reunion a “way overdue career victory lap,” said Walter Tunis in the Lexington, Ky., Herald-Leader. When the legendary 1970s rockers played a show in London as a tribute to record-label founder Ahmet Ertegun, the band was revved up, playing “with a precision and confidence” that resurrected the menacing sound of its heyday. A few things had changed: The late John Bonham was replaced on drums by his son, the steady Jason Bonham, while singer Robert Plant shelved “the banshee wail” of his youth to discover “a huskier, deeper vocal charge.” If the surviving original members never do share a stage again, this two-disc album and the accompanying concert movie represent “a splendid way to go out,” said Aidin Vaziri in the San Francisco Chronicle. The set list was “impeccable,” and in some instances, the passing of time “made the group sound leaner and more efficient, giving well-worn classics such as ‘Black Dog’ and ‘Kashmir’ new life.”

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