MonkeyOnMyBack Posted January 16, 2013 Share Posted January 16, 2013 Like most of you, I have been knee-deep in Celebration Day for a couple of months now. Overall, I absolutely love it. It isn't a perfect performance (either O2 or Shepperton), but I love it so much better than No Quarter. Among the reasons.. 1) Starting with the obvious, having JPJ there makes such a difference on every level. One, he is miles ahead of the bass/keyboards JImmy/Robert used. Second, he is just one bad mutha who seems to get more capable, cool and polished with age. He owns it so well on stage in CD. I always thought it was in poor taste to not only exclude JPJ from that entire era, but to name the album No Quarter, JPJ's feature song, seemed below the belt. To this day, it really seems like Robert and Jonesy's relationship (including the awkward quip at the Rock-and-Roll Hall of Fame) has never really recovered. 2) Jason Bonham. He is not John Bonham, but as noted above, he is miles beyond the milquetoast drumming we lived through in No Quarter era. So much better. 3) Robert's voice. You would think another 13 years of Wearing and Tearing would have further compromised Robert's fragile voice. To the contrary, it is so much better, stronger and powerful than on the No Quarter / Unledded performance. Listen to the Kashmirs, it isn't even close. 4) Jimmy looks much cooler in the all-white hair than the fake-dyed too black look of the Page/Plant era. Starting with "It Might Get Loud", Jimmy has ascended to a new level of respect, appreciation and command as the leader of Led Zeppelin. 5) I was actually intrigued by, and interested in some of the creative alternate arrangements that came from No Quarter. I loved the drum ensemble on Four Sticks, and the concept of full orchestra and drum ensemble on Kashmir. However, with a few exceptions, a mediocre rhythm section and Robert's vocal struggles really let that show down. Obviously it is an apples and oranges comparison, but in some regards it is a better comparison than Live Aid or Atlantic-40, which didn't feature near the rehearsal time of these two performances. Hands down, I was so thrilled to see O2 (and ultimately the release of Celebration Day) perform at such a high level, after cringing through portions of No Quarter. I'm in the camp who thinks this was probably it for the band, and if so, what an amazing final performance. What other band or artist ever finished like this? Wow. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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