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Let's Revisit Led Zeppelin's 1988 Reunion Show

On May 14, 1988, Led Zeppelin—Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham (the 2007 Celebration Day lineup, for you youngsters out there)—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 guitar solo), followed by an updated version of "Whole Lotta Love" (Note the change in the riff).

After that, you'll hear "Misty Mountain Hop" and other goodies; in all, it's 30-plus minutes of pure, late-Eighties Led Zeppelin.

I watched their set on TV that night, and I remember the horrible mix the band—or maybe it was just the TV 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 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; you can read up on that interesting show right here.

Damian Fanelli

Damian is editor-in-chief of Guitar World magazine. From 1998 to 2014, he was one third of Mister Neutron, an instrumental rock act that toured the universe and elsewhere and released three albums via Austin-based Deep Eddy Records. These days he performs with several New York City-area bands and can often be spotted with one of his many, many, many B-bender-equipped guitars. In past lives he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor – and he still can’t believe he got to write the liner notes for the latest SRV box set.