Video: Watch Led Zeppelin’s May 14, 1988, Reunion Show at Atlantic Records’ 40th Anniversary Party
Today is something of an anniversary for Led Zeppelin.
On May 14, 1988, the band — Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham (the 2007 Celebration Day lineup) — reunited for Atlantic Records’ massive 40th anniversary party at New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Below, you’ll find a video of Led Zeppelin’s complete set from that night, starting with “Kashmir,” moving into “Heartbreaker” (complete with a variation on Page’s famous guitar solo), followed by an updated version of “Whole Lotta Love” (Note the change in the riff). After that, you’ll find “Misty Mountain Hop” and other goodies; in all, it’s 30-plus minutes of pure, late-’80s Led Zeppelin.
On a personal note, I watched their set on TV that night, and I remember the horrible mix the band — or maybe it was just the viewers — were subjected to. The faulty mix is most obvious on “Kashmir.” (Can anyone hear Jones’ keyboards? I can’t.) Luckily, the more guitar-heavy tracks sound much better.
Other acts performing that night included Foreigner, Crosby, Stills & Nash, Genesis, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Wilson Pickett and Ben E. King.
Three years earlier, the band got together for Live Aid; maybe we’ll revisit that blessed event sometime this summer … maybe not.