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Led Zeppelin to reunite for Ertegun benefit

September 13, 2007|Geoff Boucher

Led Zeppelin will fly again. The top-selling hard-rock act of all time will take the stage for the first time in 19 years with a November performance in London in honor of the late Ahmet Ertegun, the co-founder of Atlantic Records. Ertegun died in December at age 83.

"This performance stands alone as our tribute to the work and the life of our long-standing friend," Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant said in a statement about the Nov. 26 show at the O2 Arena. Plant will be joined by guitar icon Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones, while drums will be handled by Jason Bonham, son of the late John Bonham, the band's fourth founding member, who died in 1980.

The show will benefit the Ertegun Foundation, which provides scholarships to students in England, the U.S. and Ertegun's native Turkey. Other announced performers so far include Pete Townshend, Foreigner, Bill Wyman and young Scottish singer Paolo Nutini, the last act Ertegun signed in an illustrious career that spanned six decades.

-- Geoff Boucher

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