Since I did not attend that last Page and Plant show in 1995, I made sure to make it to this one. I had to catch myself when I said I was going to see Led Zeppelin, because Page and Plant actually comprise half of that band. They refuse to call this incarnation a Led Zeppelin reunion, as John Paul Jones is absent (through no fault of his own), and John Bonham, the drummer, died in 1980, effectively ending the band, and apparently Page and Plant feel that there can never be a true Led Zeppelin reunion, which makes sense. But for someone who is not old enough to have seen the real thing, and has only seen a solo Robert Plant show and Presence, the Zeppelin tribute band, this was more than the next best thing. This was also the first time I was in the United Center, a treat considering Games 3, 4, and 5 of the NBA Finals were just played here last week. Unfortunately, this is a stadium made more for sporting events, as the acoustics left something to be desired. It was especially difficult to decipher what Plant was saying to us as he bantered between songs. But those songs did rock! Playing for about 2 hours, they performed about 5 songs from their latest release together, "Walking into Clarksdale." They were ok, but I don't plan to buy the CD, much less hear those songs again. Most of us in the audience, myself included, were in attendance to hear classic Led Zeppelin cuts. Plant and Page did not disappoint. Opening with the obscure "Wanton Song" and "Bring it on Home" to get the crowd warmed up, they continued with some of my personal favorites, "Heartbreaker" and "Ramble On," which were performed superbly with new twists. Plant teased the audience with different versions of the vocals, even as they (who am I kidding, we) were singing along, and we loved it. From my viewpoint, which was great at the 12th row, but not so great at almost behind the stage, I barely saw Charlie Jones, the bassist, or Phil Andrews, the keyboardist. I'll give them the benefit of the doubt here that they performed sufficiently well. But I did get a good view of Michael Lee, the drummer, who I thought ably filled the role of a percussion player that could complement the searing riffs of Jimmy Page. It is hard not to compare him to John Bonham, mostly because I have rarely seen Bonham play, but he brought much energy to the demanding role of percussion for this band. Jimmy Page endeared himself to the crowd with waves and smiles all around. He even brought out his signature fiddle bow to bring "How Many More Times" to life. We were all hoping to hear some "Dazed and Confused," the song that made the bow famous, but we were happy to witness the legendary fiddle on any song at all. Robert Plant, always the professional rock star, sported black leather pants and an untucked blue shirt, along with his trademark long, curly, blond locks. He also more than acknowledged the crowd in all directions, spinning, whirling, and gyrating to the music, and gracing us with smiles, waves, and thumbs-up. The crowd was mostly from the classic rock genre, with plenty of long and big hair. Estimated attendance was 24,000, although there were still a couple thousand unsold seats. They roared their approval at the opening of each song they recognized. They even cheered when a special guest showed up, right before "Whole Lotta Love;" the Worm himself, Dennis Rodman, was in the house. The fittingly titled "Thank You" and their overplayed-but-classic "Rock and Roll" served as the encore to a very appreciative crowd. Lili Haydn performed an uneventful opening set of trendy music that sounded like a combination of alternative, jazz, and ska. The professionalism, or maybe it was just experience, was evident in the contrast between the new band just barely breaking in, and the veteran rockers. Lili Haydn barely acknowledged the rest of the crowd, facing front for most of their set. They received mercy applause after their songs. Yet they must be commended for the ambitiousness of both their music and heavy task of opening for Robert Plant and Jimmy Page.