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 with 16 cameras, 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.” Bassist John Paul Jones agreed that he would like to see it released commercially, but that there was no timeline. Even through 2010, Page was uncertain of the status of the album.
On 9th September 2012, the band updated its Facebook page, which led to widespread speculation that the release was finally ready. Details leaked over the following days, with a source telling announcing that the album was due for release later that year and theatre web sites announcing airings of the film slated for the following month.
On 13th September, the band revealed that the film would hit theatres on 17th October, with premieres in Berlin, London, Los Angeles, New York City, and Tokyo and that the home video was scheduled for 19th November. The surviving members of the band appeared at a press event on 21st September to promote the release. They debuted the film at the Odeon West End and answered questions afterward; when queried about more reunion performances, the trio were coy.
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.
This is Kashmir from the concert…
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