We’re a little less than a week away from what some would consider the rock event of a lifetime. On December 10, at London’s O2 Arena, the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin will take the stage with John Bonham’s son Jason filling in for his dad, legendary Zeppelin drummer, John Bonham.
This time Bonham reports he is ready for the challenge, unlike he was back in 1998 when teamed up with the same rock veterans for a show in New York when he did not perform up to his own standards.
Admitting he was ill-prepared and had not taken the earlier performance as seriously has he should have, he is reportedly ready to make up for it at the O2 Show.
According to his veteran band mates, Bonham, who is currently the drummer for Foreigner, has an intimate familiarity with all of Led Zeppelin’s music — bootlegs and all, and they sound quite confident that the younger player will rise to the challenge when the lights come up on December 10.
An arena full of Led Zeppelin fans will be counting on it.
Led Zeppelin May Consult Elton John’s Sound Crew
Being a bit doubtful about the chances of producing good quality sound in a venue like the O2 Arena, Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page is considering a chat with Elton John’s sound crew.
Apparently, some other groups that have performed there did not produce sound that measured up to Page’s expectations. Being a confirmed sound snob myself, I can certainly relate to that!
According to Page, the Rolling Stones, Prince and Snow Patrol all sounded terrible at the O2 and Elton John was the only artist that managed to pull off a decent sound. For that reason, Page considers his sound experts worth talking to.
I can only imagine the challenge that sounds crews face trying to come up with a reasonable sound in such a large arena. I’ve only seen one show in my life where I considered the sound superb and that was a Supertramp show back in the early 1980’s.