Fans feel whole lotta love as Led Zeppelin reunite

Thu Dec 6, 2007 8:05am EST
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By Mike Collett-White

LONDON (Reuters) - The songs remain the same and so will the passion when fans from around the world gather to see Led Zeppelin, one of rock music's most influential bands, reunite for a one-off gig on Monday.

Singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones will be joined on stage in London by drummer Jason Bonham, son of the fourth original band member John, whose death in 1980 prompted Led Zeppelin's break-up.

Songs like "Stairway to Heaven," "Whole Lotta Love" and "Communication Breakdown" have helped Led Zeppelin sell 300 million albums, the bulk in their heyday of the 1970s when they could lay claim to being the world's biggest rock group.

When Led Zeppelin announced they would play a tribute concert to the late music promoter Ahmet Ertegun, who signed them in 1968, the ticket Web site crashed and the band counted the number of people trying to log on in their millions.

One fan from Scotland entered a charity auction last month and paid $170,000 for a pair of tickets to the show.

To coincide with the charity gig, the band issued a hits album "Mothership," a digitally remastered DVD of "The Song Remains The Same" featuring rare live footage from concerts in the 1970s and the entire back catalogue on the Internet.

Fans have had to wait longer than expected for the concert after guitarist Page broke a finger in a fall. The concert was postponed for two weeks.

Page said in late November that the digit was healing well.   Continued...

<p>Musician Robert Plant (C), formerly of Led Zeppelin, performs at the main stage during the Exit music festival in the Serbian town of Novi Sad July 12, 2007. REUTERS/Marko Djurica</p>