In what will likely go down as one of the biggest reunion shows of all time, Led Zeppelin reportedly thrilled fans with 16 classic songs, including one they had never played live before, at London’s O2 arena, Billboard.com reports.(Click here for photos from the show.)
It was the first full concert performance by the group — which consists of Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and recent addition Jason Bonham (son of deceased drummer John Bonham) — since 1980. The concert acted as a memorial for late Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, who helped launch Led Zeppelin’s career and passed away late last year.
The principal Zep set list was reportedly as follows: “Good Times, Bad Times,” “Ramble On,” “Black Dog,” “In My Time of Dying,” “For Your Life,” “Trampled Underfoot,” “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” and “Kashmir.” According to the site, the group then treated the crowd to a two-song encore: “Whole Lotta Love” and “Rock and Roll.” The band had never played “For Your Life” live before.
“They’re starting to look tired now but that riff is still big enough to fill the 02,” a person who reportedly attended the show said, according to Billboard.com, during the band’s performance of “Kashmir.” Once they came back and broke out “Whole Lotta Love,” the crowd went “ballistic,” the source said.
The show also reportedly featured performances by Foreigner, as well as former Rolling Stones bassist Bill Wyman, who was joined by his Rhythm Kings, as well as Paolo Nutini and Paul Rodgers. Net proceeds from the concert will go to the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which provides scholarships for children.