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Led Zeppelin forced to postpone London gig for fortnight

Story by Jack Foley

LED Zeppelin have been forced to postpone their keenly anticipated reunion show following an injury to guitarist Jimmy Page’s finger.

The sell-out show was originally scheduled to take place on November 26 at London’s 02 Arena but it has now been rescheduled for December 10.

Page’s injury occurred last weekend and prevents him from playing guitar for three weeks.

In a statement issued by Page’s medical specialist, the doctor reveals: “I have examined the fracture to Mr Page’s finger and it is my opinion that with proper rest and treatment, he will be ready to resume rehearsing in three weeks’ time, and thus able to perform on December 10.”

Page himself has spoken of his disappointment at the decision to postpone for a fortnight but promised that the show would go on and standards would be as high as ever.

He commented: “Led Zeppelin have always set very high standards for ourselves, and we feel that this postponement will enable my injury to properly heal, and permit us to perform at the level that both the band and our fans have always been accustomed to.”

All tickets for the original show – which sold out in minutes – will be honoured, although anyone unable to attend the new date should request a refund at their point of purchase prior to noon on November 14.

Any returns will be offered to ballot winners selected at random from the original registrations.

The show will also feature sets from Bill Wyman & The Rhythm Kings, Paul Rogers, Paolo Nutini and Foreigner.

It’s being held to raise money for the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which pays for university scholarships in the UK, US and Turkey.