Led Zeppelin reunion: ‘Don’t compare this show to the ’70s’

Jimmy Page calls for calm among fans ahead of reunion show

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has asked that fans attending tonight’s (December 10) reunion show the O2 Arena don’t compare the band’s performance to those of old.

He implied that he was worried that fans would be directly comparing their performance to those they gave in the 1970s.

“I’m not going to compare anything to anything,” he told Q. “Before you know it people will be asking how this [reunion show] compares to the ‘70s.”

He added: “When we did [1994 MTV performance with Robert Plant] ‘Unledded’ we totally changed the format of he songs. It was revisiting, but it wasn’t a facsimile reproduction.

“But it’s great to be playing this music again with the people who lived through the creative process of its making. It’s a powerful experience. It feels like the right thing to be doing.”

You can follow the build-up to the concert all day on NME.COM. We will be bringing you all the build up from the O2 Arena, plus tonight we’ll be bringing you a special song by song blog and first review live from inside the concert.

You can access the song-by-song blog from 5pm today.

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Now was we countdown to show time, we want you to rate Led Zeppelin’s classic songs.

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