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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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December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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