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Grab your double-neck guitar, crank up your amp to 11, strut your stuff in your embroidered satin suit and bash out some of the finest riffs ever written.

Yes, rock gods Led Zeppelin, the masters of Seventies excess, are staging their delayed reunion gig at London's 02 Arena on a week on Monday.

Witnessing their first concert for 19 years should be amazing enough.

But fans are lining up to learn the band's musical secrets – and live like their heroes – during a "Zep school" training weekend at a country hotel in the three days before the show.

Organisers are considering a range of wild activities – including an elementary course in flinging TVs out of upper-story windows – a staple of rock bad-boy behaviour.

They won't even discuss some of their plans so as not to spoil the surprise.

But I can tell you that the £750-a-head event in Oxfordshire features a themed gourmet menu, including Red Snapper – after an outrageous story involving a Zeppelin groupie in Seattle.

It is followed by Jack Daniel's ice cream, surely guitarist Jimmy Page's favourite flavour.

Each day up to 20 guests will learn to play from veteran rockers like Mike Hurst – once in a band with Page – and Clem Cattini, twice considered for tragic drummer John Bonham's job thanks to his session work with Led Zep bassist John Paul Jones. Bonham suffocated on his vomit after a heavy day's boozing in 1980.

On Saturday night would-be rockers get the chance to show off their skills on stage, alongside a top-flight Led Zeppelin tribute band.

Special guest is the blues singer Maggie Bell, due to share the bill with Plant, Page and Co in London.

Mike, a producer who discovered T Rex star Marc Bolan and singer Cat Stevens, said: "Led Zeppelin are iconic – they are one of those bands who represent an era.

"They are pulling together for their first concert in nearly 20 years so – what with the connections between us as musicians – it seemed a perfect time to hold this event. We arranged for the tribute band Boot-Led Zeppelin to play on the Saturday night. Then at least people will get the full experience, because I don't pretend to be able to sing like Robert Plant.

"They come with lights, costumes and everything, so it's going to look good. The gig will be as authentic as we can get it. It's gonna be fairly deafening.

"People get an awful lot of nostalgia for this sort of rock as opposed to the anodyne stuff there is around now. The weekend should be a tremendous experience."
Also on the team are guitar tutor Ray Fenwick, ex-Spencer Davies Group and Ian Gillan Band, plus bassist Colin Farley who made his name in Eighties' band Cutting Crew and was briefly a member of punk outfit The Damned.

A spokesman for organisers RockMasters added: "Whether you're a budding Bonham or an enthusiastic novice, this event can only help your playing.

"Our supergroup will take over the whole lavish hotel to ensure that no ‘civilians' get in the way of the rock 'n' roll antics. And all equipment and instruments are provided.

"Needless to say there is a well-stocked bar, the drinking and story-swapping go on late and the music doesn't stop.

"Guests can of course bring their partners – or indeed groupies – to join the fun."

RockMasters can't promise to let you ride a Harley-Davidson down the corridors, like Zeppelin are said to have done. But they can arrange motorbike transfers from London or Oxford.

Just one problem, though – the hotel doesn't have a swimming pool. So you'll have to find somewhere else to park your Cadillac.

RockMasters' Zep weekend runs from December 7 to 9 at the Fallowfields Hotel in Kingston Bagpuize, Oxfordshire.

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

February 7, 1962 - Deborah Bonham, sister to John, was born in Redditch, Worcestershire, England
February 23, 1966 - Warren Grant, son of Peter, was born.
February xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin enters the Billboard Top 40
February 16, 1969 - Led Zeppelin wrap up their first American tour in Baltimore, MD.
February 07, 1970 - Edinburgh gig cancelled after Plant receives facial injuries in a car accident
February 28, 1970 - The band performs as "The Nobs" in Copenhagen after threat of legal action from Countess Von Zeppelin
February xx, 1971 - John Paul Jones involved in legal issues regarding a musician who shares the same name
February xx, 1971 - Overdubs for the fourth album are recorded at Island Studios
February 14, 1972 - The band is refused admission into Singapore due to their long hair
February 16, 1972 - The Australian tour begins in Perth
February 21, 1972 - Led Zeppelin: Rock and Roll b/w Four Sticks (Atlantic 45-2865) 45 single is released in the US.
February xx, 1973 - The band makes final preparations for the European tour
February 16, 1973 - The release date for Houses Of The Holy is pushed back due to some sleeve problems
February xx, 1974 - Sessions for Physical Graffiti continue
February 14, 1974 - Page, Plant and Bonham attend a Roy Harper concert
February 04, 1975 - Zeppelin perform a last minute show at Nassau Coliseum to accomodate fans after being banned in Boston
February 24, 1975 - Physical Graffiti finally issued worldwide to phenomenal sales
February xx, 1976 - Media reports that Zeppelin are due to release an album entitled Obelisk
February xx, 1977 - Robert contracts a bout of tonsillitis postponing the American tour
February xx, 1978 - Robert Plant helps produce a record for punk band Dansette Damage
February 16, 1978 - The cases against Bonham, Cole & Grant stemming from the Oakland incident are heard and all receive suspended prison sentences and fines
February xx, 1979 - Although absent from the US stage or market, Led Zeppelin rank best in many music magazine categories
February xx, 1979 - Mixing sessions for In Through The Out Door take place at Polar Studios. Rumors fly of a European tour
February 03, 1980 - Robert joins Dave Edmund’s Rockpile at the Birmingham Top Rank
February 13, 2005 - Led Zeppelin receives a Grammy for Lifetime Achievment.
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