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Led Zeppelin live, again!

September 13, 2007 18:32 IST

Hold on to your seat, dear rock fan, because one of the biggest bands in the history of music will play a reunion concert in London on November 26.

The three surviving members of the iconic heavy rock outfit Led Zeppelin will belt out their first performance in 19 years at the O2 arena.

And if that was not enough, vocalist Robert Plant, guitar player Jimmy Page and bassist Jean Paul Jones will be joined by rock dinosaurs Pete Townshend and Bill Wyman -- guitar player and and former bassist for The Who and The Rolling Stones respectively -- and  Scottish singer-songwriter Paulo Nutini.

No prizes for guessing who will be on the drummer's seat to belt out the bone-crunching rhythms of the late great John Bonham -- his son Jason Bonham.

Translated to Indian rupees, tickets will cost Rs 10,228 a piece, and most reports say there is a virtual stampede for tickets. They are only available online, at, and will be allocated by a lottery of sorts.

If you are wondering to what the world owes this treat, the rock gods – Plant with his banshee singing and Page with his drone-drenched guitar – are reuniting to pay tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who died last year. Ertegun signed Zeppelin in 1968.

'For us, he was Atlantic Records and remained a close friend and conspirator,' the BBC quoted Plant as saying. 'This performance stands alone as a tribute to the work and life of a longstanding friend.'

For those wondering what the fuss is about, Led Zeppelin were rock music, as they redefined records, broke musical boundaries, defined rock star excesses and were one of the most successful rock bands of all times. Their last concert was in Berlin in July 1980. Two months later, John Bonham died of binge drinking.