Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, the three living members of Led Zeppelin held a press conference on Friday (Sept. 21) to promote ‘Celebration Day,’ the upcoming new DVD and Blu-ray release of their 2007 show at London’s O2 Arena. Watch the nearly 35-minute long press conference below, where Plant, Page and Jones talk about the show, the new release and are asked questions about the possibility of a reunion.
A few press conference highlights:
On playing ‘Stairway to Heaven’ Plant said he’s struggled with the lyrics over the years, answering why he’d previously avoided the song. “Maybe I’m trying to still work out what I was talking about. Every other f**er is.”
Plant talked about playing with the late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham’s son Jason previously:
“We played with him before, at his wedding. But sadly he decided to go to bed at his wedding reception. Because I was a friend of the family from way back, I was the one who had to go to his room and get him out of bed.”
On the current relationship between band members:
Plant: “We don’t see each other too often, but we’ve just spent about an hour together…and no sooner we start talking, than some little innuendo creeps in. It’s just what happens when you’ve spent a lot of time together.”
On why it has taken five years for the concert film to be released:
Jones: “Five years is like five minutes in Zeppelin time. I’m surprised we got it out so quickly.”
On the contribution of drummer Jason Bonham at the concert:
Page: “Jason was absolutely monumental in his performance and his playing. From the very first rehearsal right through to the 02. He was incredible. His spirit and his enthusiasm and his knowledge of what made Zeppelin tick musically. It was just really wonderful to be able to work with him in that amount of time, as far as I felt, to do a proper full set, and really communicate musically with him. It was really good. Nobody else could have done it.”
Plant: “We’d played with him before, at his wedding. Sadly, he decided to go to bed during the reception, and because I was a friend of the family from way back, I was the one that had to go up to his room and get him to get out of bed. Then he played with us.”
“It was peculiar, it was strange at times,” Plant said about the O2 show with Jason Bonham. “But at the same time it was very rewarding for all of us.”
There was minimal overdubbing for the audio release of ‘Celebration Day,’ but Plant admitted he ran out of gas towards the end of ‘Kashmir,’ so there was some retouching done there.
‘Celebration Day’ will be released in six different formats:
-Standard edition: one DVD or Blu-ray and two CD set
-Deluxe edition with bonus video from rehearsals and news footage from the BBC.
-Music-only CD set
-Music-only Blu-ray that features high-resolution HD sound but no video.
-3LP vinyl set
The package is available for pre-order now, and all configurations will be released on Nov. 19th. Omniverse Vision has also arranged a screening of the concert in theaters on Oct. 17 on 1,500 movie screens in 40 cities worldwide.