Tuesday, June 7, 2022

Led Zeppelin was offered chance to create an ABBA-style avatar concert

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has revealed the band was approached to do an ABBA-style avatar concert.

The Swedish pop superstars have recently re-attracted global attention with the launch of their ABBA Voyage experience in London, which mixes holograms of younger versions of the singers appearing along alongside a performance by a live band.

The Guardian reports that, well before there was talk of the ABBA recreation, Led Zeppelin was asked to do “that sort of thing”, Page told an audience at the Hay festival.

The guitarist explained that he and his two surviving bandmates, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, couldn’t agree, so the project “didn’t really get moving”, while adding that he thought the concept might for Led Zeppelin.

He also spoke positively about Elvis Presley’s hologram performance, telling the audience: “I bet that was good, but I didn’t see it.”

Formed in London in 1968, Led Zeppelin were inducted into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 1995 and have sold more than 300 million albums worldwide.

The group disbanded in 1980 following the death of drummer John Bonham, but the surviving members have occasionally reunited for special charity events – including a December 10, 2007 tribute concert at London’s O2 Arena for friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, which was released in 2012 as “Celebration Day.”

A Ronnie James Dio hologram debuted in 2016 and was featured for a handful of songs as part of a full live set and tour by the Dio band; it received mixed reviews in the rock community before the late singer’s wife and manager, Wendy Dio, shut it down after a 2019 run.

See also:

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