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Listen: Robert Plant on the reunion

Speaking to BBC WM on Wednesday 12 September 2007, Robert Plant said:

"We [Led Zeppelin] started to get together and talk a lot more about bits and pieces we had remixed..."

"As we got to do that we started talking about that the fact that we really really were all absolutely smashed to pieces when we found that the guy who got us started in the first place, Ahmet Ertegun, had passed away.

"Forty years ago I was playing in the Black Horse in Northfield to, like, ten people. And then two years later Ahmet Ertegun signed our band... and we were off.

"We wanted to pay tribute to the effect that he had had on our careers, and the closeness we had shared with him for all of these years..."
Plant confirms that, "...it's total - only one show.

"The rehearsal sound is superb... the responsibility is enormous.

"I just won't have my shirt quite that open this time around!"


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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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