Monday, December 10, 2007

Article on Led Zeppelin Reunion

Jason Bonham will take his late father's place at drums for Led Zeppelin when the group reunites for a "tribute to late Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun at the 02 Arena in London" on December 10, 2007. Jason is the son of the late John Bonham the original drummer for Led Zeppelin, Jason will be joined by Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. Led Zeppelin will headline the concert, but "also feature music by Pete Townsend, Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, Foreigner, and Paolo Nutini."The concert should be unique. "The initial plan was for them to work up a half-hour of material to play as part of a gala concert. But after a week of rehearsals, Zeppelin announced that they would be willing and able to perform a full two-hour set. " ' "They're going to play all the great songs that everybody wants to hear," said promoter Harvey Goldsmith." 'Goldsmith added. "I have a feeling that this is going to be the largest demand for one show in history." ' Mica Ertegun, Ahmet's widow stated her husband "would be very proud that Led Zeppelin have chosen to re-unite and headline a benefit concert in his name featuring so many of his friends." Robert 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 our tribute to the work and the life of our long standing friend."Harvey Goldsmith added "It is a fitting tribute that these great artists have all come together to perform in his memory. The proceeds of the evening will go to The Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund for student scholarships. One of these scholarships will be for a music student in the UK each year."As for the future of Led Zeppelin, no one knows for sure. Front man Robert Plant has a duet album with Alison Krauss called "Rising Sand" due out in October, and appears on two tracks on a tribute album to Fat's Domino titled "Going Home" due out later this month. On a possible tour "You have to take it one step at a time," Harvey (Goldsmith) said. "Obviously there is a sense of frustration for all the fans around the world who can't get tickets. I hope they do something else. But I hope they do it because they're really enjoying it and because this show is fantastic." "The Story Behind The Led Zeppelin Reunion: Is a Tour Next" 09/12/07 Rockdaily by Rolling "Led Zeppelin to Play Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert on November 26 in London" 09/12/07 Rockdaily by Rolling Stone

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