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Led Zeppelin Reunion Postponed as Page breaks finger

Led Zeppelin Reunion Postponed as Page Breaks Finger

Led Zeppelin postponed a charity concert at London's O2 Arena after guitarist Jimmy Page broke his finger, the event's organizers said.

The concert has been moved to Dec. 10 from Nov. 26 to allow Page time to recover, they said today, without disclosing any details of how he suffered the injury last weekend.

"I am disappointed that we are forced to postpone," Page said in a statement. "We feel that this postponement will enable my injury to properly heal, and permit us to perform at the level that both the band and our fans have always been accustomed to."

Tickets will be valid for the new date. Anyone unable to attend may apply for a refund. Any returns will be offered to ballot winners selected from original Internet registrations after Nov. 15, organizers said. More than a million fans originally registered for tickets at http://www.ahmettribute.com.

Page has been advised by his doctor not to play for three weeks, Chris Goodman, a spokesman for the Outside Organisation public-relations company, said today in a telephone interview.

The event at the 20,000-capacity venue is in aid of the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which provides students with annual scholarships to universities in the U.S., U.K. and Turkey. The late Ertegun was the co-founder of Atlantic Records.

The band's three surviving members - Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones - will be joined by Jason Bonham, son of their late drummer, John Bonham. The show will feature Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, Paul Rogers, Paolo Nutini and Foreigner.

Led Zeppelin formed in 1968, named after an in-joke that the band's heavy sound would "go down like a lead balloon." The quartet signed with Atlantic the same year.

By the early 1970s, Led Zeppelin was billing itself "the biggest band in the world". The group has sold more than 300 million albums, pioneering heavy-metal music with songs such as Whole Lotta Love and Stairway to Heaven.

Led Zeppelin broke up after Bonham died, aged 32, in 1980. Page and Plant have performed and recorded together since, though not under the group name. Jones - who played bass and keyboards - joined reunions at 1985's Live Aid and a 40th anniversary concert for Atlantic in 1988, also with Jason Bonham on drums.

From: BLOOMBERG.COM

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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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