Rock legends LED ZEPPELIN will reportedly reunite for a one-off memorial concert in honour of their late record boss before embarking on a world tour. The Whole Lotta Love hitmakers have only performed a handful of concerts, including Live Aid in 1985, since their split in 1980 following the death of drummer John Bonham. But singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones will re-group alongside Bonham’s son Jason for a special concert in memory of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun in London. A source says, “Page, Plant and Jones spoke and agreed to do the memorial concert. . .
They are waiting for a definite date. “And no-one can quite believe it, but during discussions about the concert they all gave the green light to a tour if it all does well and they don’t all fall out. “It has been hoped-for and denied for years. But this is the closest they have ever come to a reunion tour. The feeling is that this is going to happen next year.” Ertegun died in December (06) after seven weeks in a coma following a fall at a Rolling Stones concert.
Led Zepplin in The 2000s
In October 2002, the British press reported that Robert Plant and John Paul Jones had reconciled after a 20-year feud which had kept Led Zeppelin apart, and rumours surfaced of a reunion tour in 2003. This was later denied by Plant and Page’s management company.
2003 saw the release of a triple live album, How the West Was Won, and a video collection, Led Zeppelin DVD, both featuring material from the band’s heyday. At the year’s end, the DVD had sold more than 520,000 copies. Around Christmas 2004, “Stairway To Heaven” was voted the best rock song of all time by Planet Rock listeners in a poll conducted on the station’s website. Two other Led Zeppelin songs were also featured in the top ten – “Whole Lotta Love” at number six and “Rock and Roll” at number eight.
In 2005, Led Zeppelin received a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award, and readers of Guitar World magazine voted the guitar solo from “Stairway to Heaven” to be the best rock guitar solo of all time. In Rolling Stone magazine’s tabulation of the 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time, Jimmy Page was ranked number nine. Led Zeppelin ranked #14 on Rolling Stone’s 2004 list of the 100 Greatest Artists of All Time. In November 2005, it was announced that Led Zeppelin and Russian conductor Valery Gergiev were the winners of the 2006 Polar Music Prize. The King of Sweden presented the prize to Plant, Page and Jones, along with John Bonham’s daughter, in Stockholm in May, 2006.
In 2006, Led Zeppelin were inducted into the UK Music Hall of Fame. At the ceremony, rock group Wolfmother played a tribute to Led Zeppelin, playing the song “Communication Breakdown”.
Led Zeppelin have always been very protective of its catalogue of songs, and have seldom allowed them to be licensed for films or commercials. In recent years, this position has softened, and their songs can be heard in movies such as School of Rock, Dogtown and Z-Boys, Almost Famous, and Shrek the Third. One Tree Hill was the first, and so far only network television show to license a Led Zeppelin song, with “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You” featured during the cliffhangers of the season three finale. However, Led Zeppelin remain one of the few bands to not allow the sale of their music on online music stores. The publisher of the video game Guitar Hero has for years tried unsuccessfully to obtain permission to use band’s songs in the game, the most sought after being “Stairway to Heaven”.
In 2007, rumours surfaced yet again of a possible reunion in which Q107, Toronto’s classic rock radio station, reported that Led Zeppelin would jump on the “reunion bandwagon” following months of countless reunions from classic bands in 2007. John Paul Jones himself reportedly stated that the band is considering a reunion of some sort on the radio broadcast but representatives from the radio station deny even speaking to Jones and claim the report to be false.
On 25th June 2007, World Entertainment News reported Led Zeppelin have allegedly agreed to re-form for a special memorial concert for Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records who died in December 2006. It was also reported that if the concert goes well, they may also tour in 2008. The same report suggests that the three surviving members (Page, Plant and Jones) would be joined by John Bonham’s son Jason.
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