Led Zeppelin: 'Celebration Day' Director Comments On Reunion Talk
The forthcoming release of Led Zeppelin's "Celebration Day" captures the band's December 2007 reunion at London's 02 Arena.
Posted on Oct 06, 2012 03:01 pm
The forthcoming release of Led Zeppelin's "Celebration Day" captures the band's December 2007 reunion at London's 02 Arena, which saw the three founding members joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, headline a tribute concert for dear friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.
The new live set will see a worldwide theatrical release on 1,500 screens in over 40 territories on October 17; the theatrical screenings will follow premieres in London, Los Angeles, New York, and other major cities.
"Celebration Day" will then be available in multiple video and audio formats on November 19.
The film's director, Dick Carruthers, says Zeppelin is a band who writes their own rules.
"As John Paul Jones says, five years is five minutes in Zeppelin time", he tells Contact Music. "There's a band who, if they wanna sit on something until the time is right, they will. They're not hurried by any of the commercial pressures that might apply to another band".
Carruthers explained how the project came together.
"All that happened was several years later, there was just a phone call and they said, 'Well, can we have a look at it then? Let's get the stuff out and let's have a look at it.' So we had two viewing days and we showed them what you call a line cut... and they were pretty blown away. I hadn't really seen the footage either and we realized it was something very special indeed".
After the viewing it was decided the footage should be edited for a cinema release before hitting stores as a souvenir of Led Zeppelin's final get together.
And Carruthers is dismayed that so many people are using the film's upcoming release to crank up speculation about a Led Zep reunion tour.
"I do think the whole will-they-won't-they go on tour thing preoccupies far too much of the media's attention", he said. "This really isn't about that".
Asked if there has been any talk about another get together since the 2007 show he filmed, Carruthers says, "Let's put it this way, it hasn't happened in the last five years since the reunion show".
Check out a preview clip of "Black Dog" from the DVD below.