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Frustration That Drove Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page has described the fall that broke his finger, postponing the group's first gig in 28 years - and how years as a session musician drove him to eventually create Zep.

Yesterday he said: "The light was very dim and I tripped over something and I landed on various bits of my anatomy but of course the crucial part was left hand, little finger. It's unfortunate but what can you do?"

We're giving away two tickets for the show that was shifted from November 26 to December 10.

Of the reunion 63-year-old Page says: "We just got together again and started playing and it started to take on its own shape."

Back in the 60s Page earned good money as a session musician but was bored.

He said: "All my pals were enjoying themselves making music. I was doing sessions in all manners of music. And then I was in a muzak session thinking, 'What am I doing?'"

So he decided to join Jeff Beck in the Yardbirds.

Bassist John Paul Jones, 61, was in a similar boat.

He said: "You would get so bored during a muzak session you would start playing something just to make it interesting and they'd stop you and tell you, 'You can't do that because we need to have this in a restaurant or something and it'll distract people from eating.' "And I thought to myself, 'What am I doing here?'"

Page's band the Yardbirds split in 1968 and the guitarist got Jones and Robert Plant to join.

Plant, 59, recalls their first meeting. He says: "I arrived at the station in Berkshire to be met by the most delectable American woman, scantily clad in some kind of Edwardian shawl and little else. It was great, I had to sit there for a day and a half waiting for Jimmy just looking at this chick."

Plant brought in drummer John Bonham and after playing together for the first time the band knew something exciting was happening. Muzak it wasn't!

"We'd never heard anything quite like that in our lives," reveals Page, who received a Classic Rock Living Legend, award yesterday.

The band was a smash and by their fourth album in 1971 they were so confident that it had no title and didn't even carry the band's name.

But singer Plant remains modest about his songwriting skills.

He says: "My lyrics are adequate, I do my best. I kind of blunder through."

Paying tribute to pal Bonham, who died in 1980, Page says: "His imagination on the drums was second to none. Nobody played the drums like John Bonham."

And speaking of next month's gig he promises: "It's probably what you'd want to hear, and what we want to play too, so that's a great, great chemistry."
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October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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