Monday, December 10, 2007

BREAKING NEWS - Legendary Metal Band Bonham Reunites in London!

Tonight in London, famed 80's metal heroes Bonham reunited in front of 20,000 rabid fans. Unfortunately, only original drummer Jason Bonham was present. Founding members Ian Hatton, John Smithson and Daniel MacMaster were unable to make the gig, being replaced by ex-The Firm guitarist Jimmy Page, Allison Kraus's duet partner Robert Plant and R.E.M. string arranger John Paul Jones. For this one-off gig, they were know as The Lead Zeppelins.

Ok, enough of that tomfoolery. Fucking Zeppelin, dude! YES!!

Sure, I was never that big of a fan as a kid, but they are a truly undeniable band. Our pal Marty passed on this email with details of the Led Zeppelin set list from today's reunion concert in London.

I quickly recreated it on an iTunes playlist. That's a perfect example of why I prefer the whole iTunes/mp3 technology over vinyl and cds. It's also a perfect example of why I used to rarely get laid.

'Good Times Bad Times'
"The set started with a clip from 'The Song Remains
The Same' DVD with an American news clip telling of
they broke The Beatles' attendance record for a gig in
1973 in California. Simple stage set, video screen
behind the band."

'Ramble On'
"'Ramble On' done in extremely slow, bluesy manner,
with shards of electric guitar from Jimmy Page."

'Black Dog'
"Page wearing dark shades, quite muddy sound. Crowd
singing the 'ah-ah' bits back at Plant."

'In My Time Of Dying'
"Page is playing bottleneck guitar. Plant spoke for
the first time before song, saying 'Good evening'."

'For Your Life'
"That's not something you get to hear often these
days, Led Zeppelin giving a song its live debut."

'Trampled Under Foot'
"Before starting Plant told the crowd it was the
band's attempt to sound like Robert Johnson's
'Terraplane Blues'."

'Nobody's Fault But Mine'
"There are huge screen's dominating the O2 Arena, they
split into four sometimes, goes monochrome, colour
etc...quite spectacular."

'No Quarter'
"Following the song Plant paid tribute to John Paul
Jones, who played keyboards and bass on the track."

'Since I've Been Loving You'
"A bit of a style guide for you, all the band are
dressed in black bar Page who is rocking a white
shirt. As for the song they gone for the epic
version....very bluesy."

'Dazed And Confused'
"Settle yourselves in, we're expecting a ten minute
version of this classic... it was. At the end of it of
the song Plant told the audience 'On guitar Jimmy
Page, just as he did on 'The Song Remains The Same'
DVD which was filmed in Madison Square Garden in the

'Stairway To Heaven'
"What do you think happened? Right! From the moment
those opening notes rang out the whole audience went
absolutely crazy. The atmosphere is electric.
Afterwards Plant said "Ahmet, we did it!"

'The Song Remains The Same'
"A fairly straight version of the classic. The sound
is still a bit muddy and quiet though."

'Misty Mountain Hop'
"Plant kicked this one off by praising the job drummer
Jason Bonham has been doing, stepping into his late
father's shoes tonight."

"Yet another epic, as this song cracks the ten minute
mark. Plant introduced this one declaring 'We've got
people from 50 countries here and this is the 51st'.
Afterwards they left the stage to loud applause. Will
they do an encore? What do you reckon..."

'Whole Lotta Love'
"... of course they come back to deafening applause.
And it's an extended version of the old 'Top Of The
Pops' theme. Then once more the band leave the stage
with a visibly emotional Plant declaring:
'Thanks to everybody. Thanks Ahmet Ertegun, this one
for is Ahmet Ertegun as we remember the days when
Atlantic Records was the best label on the planet!'."

'Rock And Roll'
"Just time for one more, as after two hours the night
reaches its climax, and what a stomper to go out on."