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Wed Apr 23 20:20:31 SAST 2014

EXCLUSIVE: Led Zeppelin premiers first single from O2 Arena show

Times LIVE | 31 October, 2012 13:54
Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and late drummer John Bonham's son Jason play live at the O2 Arena. File photo

The legendary 70s rock band Led Zeppelin is premiering the first single from the legendary 2007 performance 'Celebration Day’.

The song Kashmir is from the 1975 album Physical Graffiti.

On December 10, 2007, Led Zeppelin took the stage at London’s O2 Arena to headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

What followed was a two-hour-plus tour de force of the band’s signature blues-infused rock ’n’ roll that instantly became part of the legend of Led Zeppelin.

Founding members John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant were joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John ‘Bonzo’ Bonham, to perform 16 songs from their celebrated catalogue including landmark tracks Whole Lotta Love, Rock And Roll, Kashmir, and the rock anthem Stairway to Heaven.

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 fortunate enough to have secured seats through the worldwide lottery.

The film Celebration Day released October 17 and is to be screened around the world; London, Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities.

Celebration Day will then be made available in multiple video and audio formats on November 19 from Swan Song/Atlantic Records.

Specific product details will be announced soon.

The English band is known as one of the greatest bands of all time.

Formed in the late 1960s and active throughout the 1970s, they were originally the New Yardbirds – born out of the legendary Yardbirds fronted by Jeff Beck.

They are widely considered to be one of the most successful, innovative and influential rock groups in history.

Led Zeppelin is one of the best-selling music artists in the history of audio recording with sales estimated at more than 200 million albums worldwide.

Each of their nine studio albums reached the top 10 of the US Billboard album chart, and six reached the number-one spot.

Rolling Stone magazine described them as "the heaviest band of all time,” "the biggest band of the '70s" and "unquestionably one of the most enduring bands in rock history".

The band was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995 and has also been selected as one of the recipients of the 2012 Kennedy Centre Honours.

Tickets for Celebration Day will be available on via ledzeppelin.com.

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