Written October 18, 2012
I saw this on October 17th at one of two Southern California theaters showing it at the time. The concert footage is straightforward and in your face. I saw Zep live in 1977 and it's as close as you can get to actually seeing the band live. The entire audience applauds, cheers, sings along and does everything as if they were there.
Unlike their other concert film: The Song Remains The Same, this film has no excerpts, no scenes backstage, in hotels or in limos. Just excellent concert footage.
Jason Bonham did a spectacular job as drummer for the band and with all due respect for his dad, fit in perfectly as if he belonged there. For any serious rock and roll fans out there, I highly recommend this movie, preferably in a non-AMC theater, as our theater experience could've been far better despite the quality of this film.
Written August 01, 2014
Easily the greatest musical foursome in history and Im sure there might be a couple others out there who would agree. That being said, lets break it down to just the basics, 4 guys on stage playing thier instruments. No prerecording, no dance segments and just no faking it. GREAT MUSIC real and pure...
Written July 30, 2014
After the CEO of Fandango boasts about their great technology & sound during the previews, the movie that had considerable promise starts with barely audible sound for more than 15 minutes with the audience jeering to "turn it up!!" Finally, when the volume is concert appropriate, the sound kept cutting out & speakers could not handle the loud drumming, resulting in that loud digital screeching/popping sound that occurs when speakers are about to blow. This happened at least 3-4 times per minute, making the experience unbearable. As if that were not bad enough, the picture kept cutting out with digital pixilation problems. I am not sure if there was a problem with the satellite stream on Fandango's end or if the theater just had terrible bandwith or terrible speakers, but the entire experience was awful, especially after hearing about what lengths Fandango supposedly goes through to create a great concert experience with the best technology. Irvine Specrum should have used RPX !!!
Written October 18, 2012
I'm a HUGE led zeppelin fan and seeing this movie made me so happy! it was like I was really there watching this concert happen! it was the coolest thing! I've seen "the song remains the same" about a million times and I know how each one of the band members moved and the little things they'd do while playing and it was so cool seeing them, even in their age, do everything they always did. They just looked so happy to be on stage and to be playing with John Bonham's son. who also was amazing and made the same faces as his father did while playing the drums! I loved this movie and it was so great to see them "live" again. I REALLY REALLY hope that they go on tour one last time! '
only when pigs fly I guess!
Written October 19, 2012
Consummate professionals and clearly NOT past their prime, Led Zeppelin stalwarts Jimmy, Robert, John Paul and the quite competent fill in for the irreplaceable John Bonham...son Jason, tore through the 10 album hit makers like Grant took Richmond in their 2007 tribute reunion to Ahmet Ertugun.
Clearly, tight spacing of the guys rather than the more traditional use of real estate at O2 was a clear advantage for them and particularly for the audience, creating the chemistry on display that was palpable and memorable for it's fun quotient and shear joy amongst the musicians.
Musically, the renditions were tight and inclusive of memories past and still allowed for a few of the riff deviations so well ensconced in Jimmy Page's historic live concert repertoire. The video editing vacillated between transfixed poses, artistic licensed themes and flat out thrill ride frenzy. The audio level was initially low and despite later being turned up was highly compressed.