35 Years Ago: Led Zeppelin Plays Final UK Show With John Bonham

Following the tragic death of Robert Plant‘s son Karac in 1977, Led Zeppelin took some time away from the spotlight

— and even came very close to breaking up. But they re-emerged on Aug. 4, 1979 by performing at the Knebworth Festival in Hertfordshire, directly north of London.

The group was preparing to release ‘In Through the Out Door‘ and decided, in typical Zeppelin style, to turn it into a big event. Led Zeppelin hadn’t performed on British soil since five dates at London’s Earls Court Arena in May 1975, and the demand for tickets was so great that a second show was added for Aug. 11.

Both concerts were filmed, but the footage remained officially unreleased until 2003, when eight songs were included on the ‘Led Zeppelin’ two-DVD set.

A little more than a year later, the band broke up in the wake of John Bonham’s death, so the two Knebworth shows were the last concerts the original lineup performed in their native land.

I highly recamend picking up that DVD...Long Live led Zeppelin