Led Zeppelin returns for the charity show at London's O2 Arena and yup that is right I (Ilan Rubin) was there to witness the whole thing!
The set started off with "Good Times Bad Times"; a great call and very classy way of starting the set, considering it was the first song on their first album. They continued with songs like Ramble On and Black Dog and later threw in a little twist by playing For Your Life off the Presence album; a song they'd never played before in public. The jamming during songs was great even though they didn't extend them as much as they used to. Page's leads were awesome, Jones's bass playing and keyboard playing was amazing, and Jason Bonham, playing what seemed to be his dad's Ludwig Vistalites from The Song Remains the Same, did a great job. The only negative point was at the end of the fast jam in the middle of "Dazed and Confused" where he seemed to come in a bit early which through off the next 10 to 15 seconds of the song. It was a borderline train wreck, but they definitely got it back together and continued without skipping a beat. Also, I have to say that the violin bow stuff was a lot more entertaining in person. From there on out the set was pretty perfect.
I'd have to give the song of the night award to "Kashmir." It was the best sounding song of the night and had the dark, epic qualities you'd want to hear live. They of course played other classics like Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, and Rock 'n' Roll, but some personal favorites of the night were Trampled Underfoot, No Quarter, Misty Mountain Hop, and The Song Remains the Same. When the set was done, I was pretty high after having watched my heroes play. Not only that, they cured the curiosity of a possibly under-whelming set. As cliché as it sounds, I'm gonna give them a 10 out of 10 because they went above and beyond and killed it. Hopefully a DVD comes out and those who couldn't make it to the show will get a chance to see it for themselves.