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Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day

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Staff Report

It’s not every day one of the greatest and most popular bands of all time releases a documentary film soon to be shown around the world, and in our own backyards.

Led Zeppelin, the kings of blues rock ’n’ roll and the movers and shakers of the music scene in the 1970s and beyond brought their musical talents together in 2007 for what might have been their last time to play some of their most popular songs, together (minus their beloved late drummer, John Bonham, who has been replaced by his son, Jason Bonham).

The band whet the appetite of the biggest Zeppelin fans by airing their new documentary Celebration Day — which documents the band’s 2007 concert at London’s O2 Arena — first in New York’s Ziegfeld Theater on Oct. 9. Directly after the first American showing, the band held a press conference at the Museum of Modern Art, where members clashed with reporters asking about what’s to come for the band. According to them, Celebration Day wasn’t meant to precede any grand tour, and all band members say fans will have to be satisfied for now.
The U.K. premiere was in London’s legendary Hammersmith Apollo on Oct. 12, and finally, premieres followed in Berlin on Oct. 15 and Tokyo on Oct. 16. Unfortunately, Northwest Arkansas was not one of the lucky 40 territories and 1,500 screens to receive the documentary film on Oct. 17 when it has its worldwide release by Omniverse Vision. But it will be shown at Cinemark Tulsa 17 with IMAX in Tulsa, Okla., and tickets can be purchased online (www.fathomevents.com/concerts/event/ledzeppelin.aspx).
Led Zeppelin took the stage at London’s O2 Arena on Dec. 10, 2007, to headline a tribute concert for friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

What followed was a two-hour-plus concert of the band’s signature blues-infused rock ’n’ roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin. Although 20 million people applied for tickets, the band’s first headline show in 27 years was seen only by the 18,000 ticket holders who were secured tickets in a worldwide lottery.

The video will be available in multiple video and audio platforms on Nov. 19, and is currently available for pre-order.

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