After 27 Years, Still A Heavenly Stairway

Led Zeppelin's Robert Plant, left, performs with guitarist Jimmy Page during their concert in Istanbul in this March 5, 1998. AP Photo/Murad Sezer

This column was written by CBS News Early Show co-anchor Harry Smith.


There is no mistaking the sounds of Led Zeppelin and a lucky 18,000 or so fans got to hear them in London Monday. I sure wish I'd been one of them.

Zeppelin is a real rock band -- there's not a whiff of pop in their repertoire. And for them to be back on stage after 27 years… wow.

I just read a review of the concert online in Rolling Stone online and the reviewer couldn't hurl enough superlatives or gush enough.

The band got together in honor of the late Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records. Zepp played to raise money for the late impresario's music scholarship fund. Now the question is, will they go on tour?

Reunion tours are not always a good idea. People I trust saw The Police this summer and said it was dreadful. The Cream reunion on the other hand was brilliant.

XM radio has an entire channel which plays only Led Zeppelin. That truly is a stairway to heaven.


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