LED ZEPPELIN Guitarist Jimmy Page On Celebration Day - "Jason Had Played Marvelously; His Father Would Have Been So Proud Of Him"
December 8, 2012, 3 years ago
Guitar World recently caught up with LED ZEPPELIN guitar legend Jimmy Page for their January 2013 issue to discuss the band's Celebration Day, which was recorded in London at the O2 Arena back in 2007. An excerpt from the interview is available below:
Guitar World: So why haven't there been more shows? Is it because Robert (Plant)doesn't want to be involved?
Page: "From a concert like that, you would have thought that there might have been some sort of whisper or hint about another gig over here or over there, for maybe very, very good reasons — you know, charitable causes or whatever. Well, there wasn't. That's it. That's all I can tell you. I wouldn't expect that there would be any more concerts, really."
Guitar World: Which is sad.
Page: "Well, it is what it is, isn't it? So under those circumstances, when it was getting in three and a half years after the concert, I thought 'We've got to pay some attention to this show.' I've got to look at the footage and just go in, in an objective way, with a really positive attitude of knowing that we did a really great show, and that Jason (Bonham/drums) had played marvelously. His father would have been so proud of him. And that was the way to go in and look at the O2."
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Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were interviewed December 3rd on CBS' The Late Show With David Letterman. Video footage can be seen below:
On December 2nd, Plant, Page and Jones were awarded the US' highest award for those who influenced American culture through the arts, the Kennedy Honor, at a dinner event at the White House. The hard rock legends joined other honorees, comedian and television host David Letterman, actor Dustin Hoffman, Chicago bluesman BUDDY GUY and ballerina Natalia Makarova.
In his tribute to the band, Barack Obama said: "When Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham burst onto the musical scene in the late 1960s, the world never saw it coming.
There was this singer with a mane like a lion and a voice like a banshee, a guitar prodigy who left people’s jaws on the floor, a versatile bassist who was equally at home on the keyboards, a drummer who played like his life depended on it.
And when the Brits initially kept their distance, Led Zeppelin grabbed America from the opening chord. We were ready for what Jimmy called songs with a lot of light and shade.
It’s been said that a generation of young people survived teenage angst with a pair of headphones and a Zeppelin album ... but even now, 32 years after John Bonham’s passing - and we all I think appreciate the fact - the Zeppelin legacy lives on.
We honour Led Zeppelin for making us all feel young, and for showing us that some guys who are not completely youthful can still rock!"
Check out video of Obama's speech below. The entire event will be broadcast December 26th on CBS. Further details at this location.
BraveWords' Celebration Day review can be found here.