jeudi 13 septembre 2007

Led Zeppelin to reunite for tribute concert

LONDON - Rock legend Led Zeppelin will reform for a tribute concert to Ahmet Ertegun, co-founder of Atlantic Records, it was announced on Wednesday.
Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, the remaining members of the world-famous rock band, will play again together some 26 years after they last appeared in Europe - except for two shaky reunions including the Live Aid in 1985.
The show, scheduled on November 26th in the O2 arena in London, will pay tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, who signed Led Zeppelin in 1968 without even listening to their sound.
"The one band that hadn't come together in recent years was Led Zeppelin, so I eventually wrote quite an emotional letter to all the members. Let's do one show, and let's do it for Ahmet," Harvey Goldsmith, who also worked with the Pink Floyd, the Who, and Eric Clapton, said at a press conference.
"This may be beyond any dream I've ever had," he added, before annoucing that the late drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980, would be replaced by his own son, Jason Bonham.
Although the band lately rehearsed in a secret place in London, they did not show up for the press conference.
Ahmet Ertegun, a well-known figure in the United States, signed Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin, or even Abba in the US.
In the UK, together with Led Zeppelin, his most famous partners were the Rolling Stones. He died in 2006, aged 77.
There was no talk of a larger Led Zeppelin tour after the show, nor of any recording or brodcasting of the concert. "I have a feeling this is going to be the largest demand ever for a show. Maybe that will spur something within the band," Harvey Goldsmith claimed.
Other artists, like Pete Townshend, from the Who, the Foreigner, and Scottish singer Paolo Nutini, who became friend with Ertegun a few months before he died, are expected to perform.

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