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Led Zeppelin to Perform

by Pamela Leavey

Growing up in the 60’s and 70’s, I was a big fan of Led Zeppelin and still am today.

I’ve seen some of who I consider to be rock & roll’s greatest from that era in the last few years, living here in Los Angeles, but sadly, I’m afraid, I won’t be flying to London for the Led Zeppelin reunion:

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.

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.

Finally, if you caught the irony of the [Iran] headline on the Rolling Stone cover above, the issue and Led Zeppelin story is is from July 28, 2006. The Iran story at the top of the cover is here. The drumbeats continue on Iran… and I don’t know about the rest of you but I would far prefer to listen to Jason Bonham drumming with Led Zeppelin. We just don’t need anymore of our troops taking the Stairway to Heaven on Bush’s whim.

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