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Persistent rumours and frenzied Internet chat about the likelihood of one or more Led Zeppelin concerts in late August at Toronto's Rogers Centre – formerly the SkyDome – are just that, says one of two rock promoters large enough to handle an event of such magnitude in this part of the world.

"They're just rumours," Debra Rathwell, senior VP at Anschutz Entertainment Group Live and head of the company's New York office, told the Toronto Star.

"(Roots music star) Alison Krauss and (Led Zeppelin front man) Robert Plant are touring together till at least the end of July, and Plant has made it perfectly clear that he doesn't want to tour with Led Zeppelin.

"Of course, stranger things have happened, but I can tell you that my office is not involved in any Led Zeppelin concerts in Toronto or anywhere else,"
Rathwell added.

Calls to the Toronto office of Live Nation, the other major rock promoter capable of pulling off a Zeppelin show, were not returned.

The rumours began early this week when a MuchMusic blogger reported an unnamed "reliable source" suggesting four SkyDome dates are about to be announced.

Several spots are indeed open on the Rogers Centre calendar in August, including sequential dates Aug. 11-14 and Aug. 25-31. However, nothing has been booked for that month other than Blue Jays baseball and Argos football games, a Rogers Centre spokesperson said yesterday.

"Led Zeppelin does not have a August concert date at the Rogers Centre."

A search of the Internet concert listing service Pollstar reveals no Led Zeppelin dates, although Internet ticket broker TicketsNow is offering email alerts to customers on the basis of "rumours of a Led Zeppelin tour."

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