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Zeppelin Takes Flight Once More A.K.A. THE REUNION

Hard rock giant Led Zeppelin is reforming, but for one night only.

The British band will play a one-off show at London's 22,000-capacity O2 arena Nov. 26.

The O2 show is a tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder and chairman emeritus Ahmet Ertegun, who died Dec. 14 2006, aged 83. Led Zeppelin's heavyweight manager, the late Peter Grant, signed the band to Ertegun's Atlantic in November 1968.

The Who's Pete Townshend, former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, Foreigner and Paolo Nutini will also perform on the night. Profits will benefit the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which provides scholarships to universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Ertegun's homeland, Turkey.

Tickets costing £125 ($254) will be allocated on a lottery basis through the http://www.ahmettribute.com/ web site.

The O2 show was first tipped in Billboard's Aug. 4 issue, but industry sources acknowledge standing offers have been on the table for a Led Zeppelin tour for more than a decade.

Confirmation of the date, putting an end to several months of speculation, came at a press conference at the O2 today. The three surviving members of the band, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones confirmed they are to reunite onstage for the third time in 27 years. The drummer for the evening will be Jason Bonham, son of the band's original drummer John Bonham, who died from a heart attack in 1980.

The show will follow the release of a new Atlantic/Rhino two-disc, 24-track best-of set, Mothership, in the United States on Nov. 13 in the United States.

The original band split shortly after Bonham's death. Page, Plant and Jones initially reformed with Genesis' Phil Collins and Chic/Power Station sticksman Tony Thompson sharing drum duties, for a performance at Live Aid in Philadelphia in 1985. And in May 1988, Jason Bonham joined the three originals for another "one-off" reunion at an Atlantic Records 40th-anniversary concert in New York City.

Post-Zeppelin, Plant has released a string of solo albums, while Page has collaborated with other vocalists, including David Coverdale (Deep Purple, Whitesnake) and Paul Rogers (Free, Bad Company) and also scored two of the successful Death Wish action movie franchise in the early 1980s. The pair re-united in 1994 for an MTV special, toured globally and released the live set No Quarter (Mercury, 1994). Jones has released two solo albums, although his post-Zeppelin work has largely concentrated on production and arranging.

Led Zeppelin was assembled in 1968 by Page, who at that time, was one of the United Kingdom's most in-demand session guitarists and a member of successful but newly-folded British Invasion act the Yardbirds. The latter act had been managed by former wrestler Grant. Page recruited the other three members initially as the New Yardbirds, but the band swiftly adopted the Led Zeppelin moniker.

Zeppelin was an immediate success, particularly in the United States, where its 10 albums, including the live film soundtrack The Song Remains The Same and the posthumous out-takes collection Coda all made the Top 10 of the Billboard 200. Industry sources suggest the band's total sales to date exceed 300 million albums. The act was also a huge live draw throughout the 1970s, equally famed for its lengthy, much-bootlegged, live sets and a reputation for off-stage excess.

Led Zeppelin formed its own Warner-distributed label, Swansong in 1974, signing Scottish Blues-rock vocalist Maggie Bell and 1960s survivors the Pretty Things. Its own first release on the label was the 1976 double set "Physical Graffiti," a Billboard chart-topper.
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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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