Led Zeppelin reunited for a much-anticipated concert at London’s O2 Arena on Monday (Dec. 10), playing for more than two hours as part of a benefit for the late Atlantic Records founder and producer Ahmet Ertegun. It was the first time the band played a full set together since 1980, and the reviews are stellar. They opened up the show with ”Good Times Bad Times,” then plowed through another 12 songs, including ”Stairway to Heaven,” Nobody’s Fault But Mine” and ”Dazed and Confused” (which featured guitarist Jimmy Page reliving the glory days by playing his instrument with a bow), before ending with ”Kashmir.” They returned for a two-song encore, smashing through ”Whole Lotta Love” and ”Rock And Roll.”
The band consisted of the three surviving members, singer Robert Plant, 59, Page, 63, and bassist John-Paul Jones, 61, with the late John Bonham’s son Jason, 41, on drums. Rumors have been flying that this one-off show will lead to a world tour, but Plant has thus far dismissed that speculation, pointing out that he currently plans to tour with bluegrass star Alison Krauss. ”The whole idea of being on a cavalcade of merciless repetition is not what it’s all about,” Page told The Sunday Times. It should be noted, however, that Plant said that before the world was gushing over his legendary band’s performance on Monday night.