Celebration Day (film)

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Celebration Day
A yellow and red drawing of a zeppelin flying over the Thames in front of Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, illuminated by spotlights
Official poster
Directed by Dick Carruthers
Produced by Dick Carruthers and Jim Parsons
Starring Led Zeppelin
Music by Led Zeppelin
Studio Three P Films Limited
Distributed by Omniverse Vision
Release dates
  • 17 October 2012 (2012-10-17)
Running time 124:00
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Box office $2 million[1]
Celebration Day
A yellow and red drawing of a zeppelin flying over the Thames in front of Big Ben and the Palace of Westminster, illuminated by spotlights
Live album / video by Led Zeppelin
Released 19 November 2012 (2012-11-19)
Recorded 10 December 2007, for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at The O2 Arena, London, England, United Kingdom
Genre Hard rock, heavy metal, blues rock
Length 115:35
Label Atlantic and Swan Song
Producer Jimmy Page
Led Zeppelin chronology
Definitive Collection Mini LP Replica CD Boxset
(2008)
Celebration Day
(2012)
Led Zeppelin onstage: John Paul Jones playing bass guitar, Robert Plant holding a microphone, and Jimmy Page playing guitar. The trio stand in front of Jason Bonham's drum kit.
Led Zeppelin in 2007, from left to right: John Paul Jones, Robert Plant, and Jimmy Page (Jason Bonham is obscured)
The O2 from the air
The O2 is the United Kingdom's second-largest arena
Robert Plant singing and Jimmy Page playing guitar in front of a large screen displaying an elaborate design.
The band's performance included a complex visual display

Celebration Day is a concert film by the English rock band Led Zeppelin, recorded at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert on 10 December 2007, in London's O2 Arena. The film was given a limited theatrical run starting on 17 October 2012, and was released on several home audio and video formats on 19 November 2012. The performance, the film, and album releases have been widely praised.

Recording and promotion[edit]

In 2007, a benefit concert to commemorate the life of music executive Ahmet Ertegun was staged with a reunited Led Zeppelin as the main act. They played several of their most famous songs to an enthusiastic crowd and coordinated a professional recording of the show[2] with 16 cameras,[3] with the prospect of a home video release. Rumours immediately circulated that the recording would become available, but the following year, band member Jimmy Page said that release wasn't certain and that it required mixing and would be a "massive job to embark on."[4] Bassist John Paul Jones agreed that he would like to see it released commercially, but that there was no timeline.[5] Even through 2010, Page was uncertain of the status of the album.[6] On 9 September 2012, the band updated their Facebook page, which led to widespread speculation that the release was finally ready.[7] Details leaked over the following days, with a source telling The Sun on 11 September that the album was due for release later that year[8] and theatre web sites announcing airings of the film slated for the following month.[9]

On 13 September, the band revealed that the film would hit theatres on 17 October, with premieres in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, New York City, and Tokyo[10] and that the home video was scheduled for 19 November.[11] The surviving members of the band appeared at a press event on 21 September to promote the release.[12] They debuted the film at the Odeon West End and answered questions afterward; when queried about more reunion performances, the trio were coy.[13]

Like the 2007 greatest hits album Mothership, the cover and promotional art were designed by Shepard Fairey. Alan Moulder worked with Jimmy Page on mixing the album but used only a minimal amount of overdubs and corrections, as both the performance itself and the recording were of high quality.[14]

Release and reception[edit]

The album was released in a standard edition consisting of one DVD or Blu-ray bundled with two soundtrack CDs. A triple vinyl LP was initially announced to be released on 10 December 2012 but distribution started in the middle of February 2013. The deluxe edition includes bonus video from the Shepperton rehearsals and news footage from the BBC. Additionally, there is an audio-only Blu-ray with DTS-HD MA 48 kHz/24-bit sound and no video.

Concert[edit]

The tribute concert performance was well received. New Musical Express published that the show "prove[d] that they can still perform to the level that originally earned them their legendary reputation."[15] Writing for The New Yorker, Sasha Frere-Jones opined, "the failed gigs of the nineteen-eighties and nineties have been supplanted by a triumph, and the band should be pleased to have done Ertegun proud with such a spirited performance."[16]

Film[edit]

The film has also received acclaim from critics. Marc Lee of The Daily Telegraph gave it five out of five stars and concluded that "Celebration Day is a celebration of rock 'n' roll at its most moving, magical and magnificent."[17] The initial screening opened to over 1,500 screens in 40 countries and grossed over USD$2 million,[1] leading to further showings worldwide.[18]

Album[edit]

Professional ratings
Aggregate scores
Source Rating
Metacritic 85% (ten reviews)[19]
Review scores
Source Rating

The album has received generally positive reviews from critics; it holds an 85% normalized score from review aggregator Metacritic, indicating "universal acclaim".[19]

In terms of sales, it debuted on the Billboard 200 at ninth place.[20] According to the International Federation of the Phonographic Industry (IFPI), Celebration Day was the 13th global best-selling album of 2012 with sales of 1.8 million copies.[21]

The album won the Grammy Award for Best Rock Album at the 56th Annual Grammy Awards, and the rendition of "Kashmir" featured on the album was nominated for the award for Best Rock Performance.[22]

Track listing[edit]

All songs administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)
Set
  1. "Good Times Bad Times" (John Bonham, John Paul Jones, and Jimmy Page) – 3:12
  2. "Ramble On" (Page and Robert Plant) – 5:45
  3. "Black Dog" (Jones, Page, and Plant) – 5:53
  4. "In My Time of Dying" (Bonham, Jones, Page, and Plant) – 11:11
  5. "For Your Life" (Page and Plant) – 6:40
  6. "Trampled Under Foot" (Jones, Page, and Plant) – 6:20
  7. "Nobody's Fault but Mine" (Page and Plant) – 6:44
  8. "No Quarter" (Jones, Page, and Plant) – 9:22
  9. "Since I've Been Loving You" (Jones, Page, and Plant) – 7:52
  10. "Dazed and Confused" (Page; inspired by Jake Holmes) – 11:44
  11. "Stairway to Heaven" (Page and Plant) – 8:49
  12. "The Song Remains the Same" (Page and Plant) – 5:47
  13. "Misty Mountain Hop" (Jones, Page, and Plant) – 5:08
  14. "Kashmir" (Bonham, Page, and Plant) – 9:07
First encore
  1. "Whole Lotta Love" (Bonham, Willie Dixon, Jones, Page and Plant) – 7:26
Second encore
  1. "Rock and Roll" (Bonham, Jones, Page, and Plant) – 4:35
Video bonus features
  • Shepperton rehearsals
  • BBC footage

Personnel[edit]

Led Zeppelin
Additional personnel

Certifications[edit]

Region Certification Sales/shipments
Australia (ARIA)[23] Gold 35,000^
Brazil (ABPD)[24] Platinum 40,000*
Canada (Music Canada)[25] 2× Platinum 160,000^
Denmark (IFPI Denmark)[26] Gold 10,000^
Finland (Musiikkituottajat)[27] Gold 13,999[27]
France (SNEP)[28] Gold 50,000*
Hungary (Mahasz)[29] Gold 3,000x
Ireland (IRMA)[30] Gold 7,500x
Italy (FIMI)[31] Gold 30,000*
Mexico (AMPROFON)[32] Gold 30,000^
New Zealand (RMNZ)[33] Platinum 15,000^
Poland (ZPAV)[34] Diamond 100,000*
United Kingdom (BPI)[35] Gold 100,000^

*sales figures based on certification alone
^shipments figures based on certification alone
xunspecified figures based on certification alone

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Dawtrey, Adam (26 October 2012). "'Zeppelin' film grosses $2 mil in one night". Variety. Penske Business Media. Retrieved 19 November 2012. 
  2. ^ Bains, Harpreet (10 December 2007). "Led Zeppelin Release Reunion DVD". Kerrang!. Bauer Media Group. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  3. ^ David, Fricke (8 October 2012). "Jimmy Page on Another Led Zeppelin Reunion: 'I Don't See It'". Rolling Stone. Wenner Media, LLC. Retrieved 8 October 2012. 
  4. ^ Cavanagh, David (May 2008). "Jimmy Page: 'Mission Accomplished...'". Uncut (London, England, United Kingdom: IPC Media): 46–50. ISSN 1368-0722. 
  5. ^ "Led Zeppelin 'hope' to release London O2 Arena DVD". NME. IPC Media. 18 June 2008. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  6. ^ Jackson, James (8 January 2010). "Jimmy Page on Led Zeppelin IV, the band's peak and their reunion". The Times. News Corporation. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  7. ^ "LED ZEPPELIN: O2 Concert DVD Release Announcement Coming Soon – Sep. 9, 2012". Blabbermouth.net. 9 September 2012. Retrieved 9 September 2012. 
  8. ^ Smart, Gordon (11 September 2011). "Led Zeppelin to fly back into the charts with new DVD". The Sun. News International. Retrieved 11 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "LED ZEPPELIN: Celebration Day to Premiere in Theaters Next Month – Sep. 12, 2012". Blabbermouth.net. 12 September 2012. Retrieved 12 September 2012. 
  10. ^ Mike, Collett-White (13 September 2012). "Led Zeppelin to release reunion concert film". Reuters. Thomson Reuters. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day DVD/Blu-ray Arrives!". Mojo. Bauer Media Group. 13 September 2012. Retrieved 13 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Led Zeppelin Members to Reunite for "Celebration Day" Press Event in London". ABC News Radio. The Walt Disney Company/American Broadcasting Company. 20 September 2012. Retrieved 20 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Led Zeppelin refuse to rule out further reunion shows". NME. IPC Media. 21 September 2012. Retrieved 21 September 2012. 
  14. ^ Led Zeppelin: Celebration Day Press Conference (London 9/21/12) (World Wide Web). London, England, United Kingdom: Led Zeppelin via YouTube. 2012. Event occurs at 30:51. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  15. ^ "Led Zeppelin Reunion: The Review". NME. IPC Media. 10 December 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  16. ^ Frere-Jones, Sasha (24 December 2007). "Stairway to Here". The New Yorker. Condé Nast Publications. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  17. ^ Lee, Marc (24 September 2012). "Celebration Day, Review". The Daily Telegraph. Telegraph Media Group. Retrieved 25 September 2012. 
  18. ^ McGovern, Kyle (26 October 2012). "Led Zeppelin Concert Doc Banks $2 Million in One Day, Will Go Where Fans Want It Most". Spin. Buzzmedia. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  19. ^ a b "Celebration Day [Live] Reviews, Ratings, Credits, and More". Metacritic. Retrieved 22 November 2012. 
  20. ^ "Top 200 Albums". Billboard. Prometheus Global Media. 30 November 2012. Retrieved 30 November 2012. 
  21. ^ "The Global Bestsellers of 2012" (PDF). International Federation of the Phonographic Industry. p. 11. Archived from the original on April 9, 2013. Retrieved April 10, 2014. 
  22. ^ http://www.guitarworld.com/black-sabbath-dream-theater-led-zeppelin-earn-grammy-nominations
  23. ^ "ARIA Charts – Accreditations – 2012 Albums". Australian Recording Industry Association. 
  24. ^ "Brazilian album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day" (in Portuguese). Associação Brasileira dos Produtores de Discos. 
  25. ^ "Canadian album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day". Music Canada. 
  26. ^ "Danish album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day". IFPI Denmark. 
  27. ^ a b The first web page presents the sales figures, the second presents the certification limits:
  28. ^ "French album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day" (in French). Syndicat National de l'Édition Phonographique. 
  29. ^ "Adatbázis – Arany- és platinalemezek – 2013" (in Hungarian). Mahasz. 
  30. ^ "Irish album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day". Irish Recorded Music Association. 
  31. ^ "Italian album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day" (in Italian). Federation of the Italian Music Industry.  Select Album e Compilation in the field Scegli la sezione. Select Week -- and Year ----. Enter Led Zeppelin in the field Artista. Click Avvia la ricerca
  32. ^ "Certificaciones –" (in Spanish). Asociación Mexicana de Productores de Fonogramas y Videogramas. 
  33. ^ "New Zealand album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day". Recording Industry Association of New Zealand. 
  34. ^ "Polish album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day" (in Polish). Polish Producers of Audio and Video (ZPAV). 
  35. ^ "British album certifications – Led Zeppelin – Celebration Day". British Phonographic Industry.  Enter Celebration Day in the field Search. Select Title in the field Search by. Select album in the field By Format. Click Go

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