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Led Zeppelin to play one-off London tribute show

Story by Jack Foley

LED Zeppelin are to reform for a tribute concert in London in honour of Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun.

Singer Robert Plant will line-up with guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones to perform together for the first time in 19 years at London’s O2 Arena on November 26.

Tickets for the one-off show will cost £125 and will be allocated by ballot.

Pete Townshend and Bill Wyman will also perform at the gig, along with Foreigner and Paolo Nutini.

Ertegun signed Led Zeppelin in the 1970s but died last year and Plant described him as “a major foundation of solidarity and accord” during the Zeppelin years.

In a statement, he added: “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.”

According to promoter Harvey Goldsmith tickets – which will be like gold dust – will only be available to those who pre-register on a dedicated website. A limit of two applications per household has also been imposed.

Led Zeppelin remain one of the most inspirational rock bands in music history thanks to their pounding, blues-influenced anthems and spectacular stadium shows.

Their best-known songs include Stairway to Heaven, Whole Lotta Love and Kashmir – although they never released a single in the UK.

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

The band’s last concert together took place in Berlin in July 1980 – two months before John Bonham died. But Page, Plant and Jones performed at Live Aid five years later, and also reunited at a concert to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Atlantic Records in 1988.

But a rift developed between Jones and the other two band members after Page and Plant started working together without him in the ’90s.

The comeback show comes in a year that has already seen the likes of The Police, Genesis and Crowded House reforming for successful albums and tours.

And the concert will coincide with the release of a new two-CD best of compilation, entitled Mothership, on November 13.

  1. Great! The best thing to happen in the music industry

    diane mcdonald    Sep 13    #