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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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