Remembering Zep at their cinematic peak

Remembering Zep at their cinematic peak 

Posted: 1:57 pm Tuesday, October 18th, 2016

By Pete Rizzo


It’s often been called a rite of passage for bands at their commercial peak to make a concert movie. And if you were Led Zeppelin selling out three nights at Madison Square Garden back in 1973, it would be tough to deny that you were at your zenith. Enter “The Song Remains the Same”.

Led Zeppelin’s concert film premiered at Cinema I in New York on October 20, 1976, in which the band was in attendance for.

Known as being one of the pre-eminent concert films of all time, the making of the movie wasn’t without its troubles or its share of critics once it was released. But it did reasonably well at the box office and became a late night movie staple.

As for my favorite concert movie, I may have to go with Pink Floyd’s ‘Live at Pompeii’ for numerous reasons.

–For one, the spectacle of performing at this outdoor theater;

–Two, the sheer audacity of shooting a live movie with no audience;

–Three, the economical length of it. At only an hour it made Zep’s foray  into concert movies seem bloated and self-indulgent by comparison;

–But above all, Floyd may never have sounded better as a band than during this movie.

How about you? What’s your favorite concert movie?