Townshend To Play At Zep Reunion!

Joe Lewinski lewinski at
Wed Sep 12 10:50:05 CDT 2007

Discovered by Scott:   Posted by me on Scott's behalf.

Led Zeppelin confirm reunion gig

Led Zeppelin in the 1970s

Led Zeppelin sold more than 100 million albums in the US alone

Led Zeppelin legend
Rock group Led Zeppelin are to reform for a 
tribute concert to the Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun.

Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and 
bassist John Paul Jones will perform together for the first time in 19 years.

Tickets for the one-off show at the O2 arena in 
London on 26 November will cost £125 and be allocated by ballot.

Pete Townshend and Bill Wyman will also perform. 
Ertegun, who signed Led Zeppelin in the 1970s, died last year.

"During the Zeppelin years, Ahmet Ertegun was a 
major foundation of solidarity and accord," Plant said.

"For us, he was Atlantic Records and remained a 
close friend and conspirator. This performance 
stands alone as a tribute to the work and life of a longstanding friend."


  I will auction off my blood, organs, and all 
worldly possessions - think I'm kidding?

Led Zeppelin fan

us your comments
The news is likely to spark a huge rush for 
tickets as devoted fans around the world scramble 
to get into what could be the band's last show.

Promoter Harvey Goldsmith said tickets would only 
be available to those who registered on a 
dedicated website - and that a limit of two 
applications per household had been imposed.

Fans have been excitedly discussing the show on 
message boards - but many are concerned about how 
difficult it will be to get a ticket.

"Who wants to join me sleeping outside the O2 
until I can get a ticket?" wrote one.

Robert Plant (left) and Jimmy Page in 1998

Robert Plant (left) and Jimmy Page recorded together in the 1990s
"And if that doesn't work, I can also sell myself 
into slavery, or if all of me is not wanted, I 
will auction off my blood, organs and all worldly 
possessions. Think I'm kidding?"

Another wrote: "Anybody got three grand to spare 
for a ticket? I bet that's what the going rate 
will be. Touts will have a field day with this one."

And another comment said: "The tickets will be 
silly money to start with and the sharks will make a killing.

"It will be hard for them to perform anywhere 
near their old levels, and I fear there will be a whole lotta disappointment!"

Uncut magazine writer Chris Roberts told BBC 
Radio Five Live: "A younger generation - as well 
as the people who might remember Led Zeppelin 
from the first time around - are very excited about this.


  They're pretty much the Picasso of heavy rock

Chris Roberts
Uncut magazine
"Reunion tours are big at the moment - The 
Police, Genesis, etc - but this is the one most 
people really didn't think would happen.

"They're pretty much the Picasso of heavy rock. 
Led Zeppelin's albums have certainly lasted the 
test of time and they're pretty much the template of heavy rock at its best."

With their pounding, blues-influenced anthems and 
explosive stadium shows, the band paved the way 
for artists across the worlds of heavy metal and alternative rock.

Their best-known songs include Stairway to 
Heaven, Whole Lotta Love, Rock and Roll, Kashmir 
and Communication Breakdown - although they never released singles in the UK.


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They are one of only four acts to have sold more 
than 100 million albums in the US - the others 
being The Beatles, Elvis Presley and Garth Brooks.

Led Zeppelin's last full concert was in Berlin in 
July 1980 - two months before John Bonham died.

Page, Plant and Jones performed at Live Aid five 
years later, and also get back together at a 
concert to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Atlantic Records in 1988.

But a rift opened between Jones and the other two 
band members opened after Page and Plant started 
working together without him in the 1990s.

Rumours of a reconciliation surfaced several 
years ago, leading to speculation about a reunion.

Their return follows comebacks by a number of 
other rock and pop legends, such as The Police, 
Genesis, the Spice Girls, Crowded House and Take That.

The concert coincides with the release of a new 
two-CD best of compilation, Mothership, on 13 November.

Other acts lined up for the show include Foreigner and Paolo Nutini.


Joe in Philly

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