“One is rather fond of a whole lot of love”

One thing the Yanks do better than the Brits is to celebrate stars of stage and screen in style.

The tribute to Led Zeppelin at the Kennedy Center Awards was a case in point. It helps of course to have Obama in the White House. Any other US President would have sounded like he was simply reading a prepared speech – he gave the impression that he was a fan who knew what he was talking about.

Compare this to Robert Plant’s visit to Buckingham Palace in 2009 to collect a CBE where all he got was a formal handshake from stuffed shirt Prince Charles.

Why am I writing this when the US award was 4 months ago, we may ask? Well, I’ve only just seen the show that was put on to honor the three surviving members of Led Zep.

On paper, the line-up sounds uninspiring – Foo Fighters, Kid Rock, Lenny Kravitz and Heart. It was, however, pretty spectacular and the no expense spared version of Stairway To Heaven managed to pump life into this rock’n’roll classic.

Normally I hate it when the camera shows reaction shots at these events but seeing Messrs Plant, Page & John Paul-Jones visibly moved by the performance brought a tear to my eye too.