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From BBC News

 

Led Zeppelin confirm reunion gig

 

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

 

The Led Zeppelin legend

The surviving members of legendary rock group Led Zeppelin are to reform for a star-studded tribute concert in London.

 

Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones will play at the show to remember the late Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

 

The one-off concert, the trio's first performance for 19 years, will take place at the O2 arena on 26 November.

 

Tickets will cost £125 and be allocated by ballot. Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman and Paolo Nutini will also perform.

 

Ertegun, who signed Led Zeppelin in 1968, died last year.

 

Plant on reunion

The place of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980, will be taken by his son Jason.

 

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

 

"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."

 

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

 

Tickets will only be available to those who register on a dedicated website, ahmettribute.com, and will be limited to two successful applications per household.

 

With their pounding, blues-influenced anthems and explosive stadium shows, Led Zeppelin 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.

 

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 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.

 

Harvey Goldsmith, who is promoting the concert, said that he had originally asked the three band members to play a 30-minute set.

 

"Jason Bonham became part of the catalyst, and they did a week's rehearsal," he said. "We had a meeting and Robert turned around and said we're not going to do 30 minutes, we're doing to do a whole set."

 

"It's a day I never thought would come," said Dave Lewis, editor of Led Zeppelin fan magazine Tight But Loose. "The four people on stage in 2007 - wake me up, I'm dreaming!"

 

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

 

Profits from the show will go towards scholarships in Ertegun's name in UK, the USA and Turkey, the country of his birth.

 

His wife Mica said: "He would be very proud that Led Zeppelin have chosen to reunite and headline a benefit concert in his name featuring so many of his friends.

 

 

Goldsmith said Ertegun "became a friend and was my mentor".

 

"Our industry deeply misses such a giant of music," he said. "It is a fitting tribute that these great artists have all come together to perform in his memory."

 

He also warned that tickets being sold on the black market would be cancelled.

 

Paolo Nutini, Ertegun's last UK signing, went on to score a hit album last year.

 

"He touched my life with his amazing personality and opened a few doors when I was starting my career," he said.

 

"He was a special guy, a real gentleman and it's such a shame he's gone but a massive tribute that all his music lives on - and will do forever."

 

This sucks but rocks at the same time

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*update*

 

just went to ahmettribute.com

i was reading the terms and conditions and came across this:

3. Provision of Service

 

3.1 This Site may be modified or discontinued by Us with or without notice to you and without liability to you or to any third party (except where any such action taken by Us causes you to suffer loss or death or personal injury as a result of Our negligence).

what the fuck are they planning?

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statistically tho, isnt he right? i mean, obviously we hope not, but ill get my hopes up when i hear them, if there's gonna be an album. reunion tours are all the rave tho, especially keeping them out of my price range (see: the police).

 

The police reuniting, is turning out great seemingly, when floyd reunited, they were better than ever, stones are still kicking ass on stage, jesus and mary chain too... Take that, who i utterly despise, are having success now they've reformed... Hell, even look at raage

 

I could go on...

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but i cant "look" at any of em, i cant afford their shows, and Rage is done, nothing more from what ive heard. have any of em done new albums? i havent followed the lot of em.

 

True, you pay through the teeth and then the ass for the gigs, but as far as i heard rage are planning on doing an album, nothing more than hearsay...

 

Pumpkins, another example, not Entirely reunited, but they're kinda morelike, semismashed pumpkins....

 

I dunno, i like to be optimistic about these things, especially when its bands as iconic as the zep

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