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October 15, 2012

Zeppelin film gives fans something to celebrate

Maybe you were stuck with tickets to canceled shows in 1977 and 1980, or maybe you weren’t even born then but discovered Led Zeppelin through the radio or mom and dad.

Whatever the case, when three-fourths of the band reunited at London’s O2 Arena on Dec. 10, 2007, the hope was that an announcement of a world tour would soon follow.

Alas, that didn’t happen, and it turned out to be a one-off. The good news is that “Celebration Day,“ the concert film, will be released this week and can be seen in the Pittsburgh area at the Cinemark Cinemas in Settler’s Ridge, Robinson, and Pittsburgh Mills, Frazer, this Wednesday and Thursday.

“Celebration Day“ features the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame band — John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant, joined by Jason Bonham, the son of late drummer John Bonham — performing 16 songs, including “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock and Roll,” “Kashmir” and “Stairway to Heaven.”

At a press conference in London late last month, the band was asked why it took five years to get the film released.

“Five years is like five minutes in Zeppelin time,” Jones said. “I’m surprised we got it out so quickly.”

Page added that “the idea of going to play the O2 wasn’t to make a DVD or film, or anything like that. At all. It just so happened that we had all this material going on behind us, and some very fine production and camera work ... and it just made the utmost sense to record it.”

The recent press conference at the Modern of Museum Art, prior to the screening at Manhattan’s Ziegfeld Theater, was more notorious with Plant scolding a reporter who commented about the film, “I don’t know if it’s going to quench the thirst of those who wished to see you in the flesh.”

After a long pause, Plant said “Sorry!”

When another reporter asked if the film might lead to something bigger for the band, the singer, who has been immersed in his own Grammy-winning recent projects, called him a “schmuck.”

The film screens at 7:30 p.m. both days. For tickets, go to www.cinemark.com.

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