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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Last Updated on December 10, 2015 by Esupport
i am 12 and i heard them when i was 11 and i am still blown away i will spend 1,000 just to get back row seats
i worship the zep.. i even have them tattooed on me… i would pay a lot of money just to be in the same room as them let alone being able to see them… my life would be complete if they toured… man i love them!!!!!
i worship led zeppelin, i even have them tattooed on me.. please tour… i would pay an enrmous amount to be in the same room as them let alone being able to see them live!! i have been a fan for about 12 years now… since i was about 8 years old when my dad showed me stairway to heaven… i was godsmacked… there insane!! i love them… tour please!!!!
I’m 25 years old and I’ve been listening to Led Zeppelin since I was about 16. My favorite song is when the levee breaks. So I want to say that I really hope Led Zeppelin do a 2008 reunion tour because i would love to see them live they rock.
When it comes to great rock bands, Led Zeppelin will always lead the pack in diversity of sound, enthusiasm, passion, and raw talent. There is really no other band that can even compare to the power house of music that is Led Zeppelin. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and the late John Bonham were, and will always be the the very definition of rock and roll. There would also be no better replacement for John Bonham then his son Jason. As a huge fan I hope the rumors of an upcoming tour is true. It really would mean alot if I could see them live, but if they don’t tour nothing will ever change the way the fans of Led Zeppelin feel about the greatest band in the world.
I love 2 bands out there Led Zeppelin and Pearl Jam. I’ve seen PJ twenty plus times but I’ve never seen Led and I’m 28. I’ll give my brand new car away for a chance to see them.
If led zeppelin did a reuinoin tour I would be in complete awe. I’ve been a fan since the age of 10 and now Im sixteen and ready to see them live. I would spent any amout of money or go any place in the u.s. Tangerine changed my life.
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man i really do hope that they get this tour on the road, i’ve listened to led zeppelin for as long as i can remember (17 years old) and now that i’m starting to learn how to play guitar i am really excited about hearing that the group will possibly go on a tour, plus i’ve never been to a concert yet