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Earlier this afternoon, CMJ reported that the members of Led Zeppelin are getting what’s left of the band back together:
The three surviving original members of Led Zeppelin have announced that they will come together on stage for one night only, marking the third time they’ve done so since disbanding in 1980 following the death of original drummer John Bonham. The appearance will be part of a tribute concert for Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, who died late last year, and it will take place at London’s O2 arena November 26. Bonham’s son, Jason, will fill in on skins the night of the show.
As if that isn’t enough, Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, that guy who played bass, and the son of the dead drummer will be joined by Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman, Foreigner, and Paolo Nutini. The article goes on to explain that tickets for the show—which run at $254 a pop—will be awarded via lottery; registration can be completed at Ahmettribute.com.
The real question, however, is “Is it worth the time it will take to log on to the site (which, of course, is currently down) and register as well as the price of the $254 ticket and the god-knows-how-expensive air fare (assuming I actually win) just to see 3/4 of a well-aged Led Zeppelin plus some guy who isn’t John Bonham perform—and, as a result, possibly destroy the precious image I keep of the band in my mind (based on the zero times I have seen them perform)—when I could just get zonked out at home and watch the DVD?”
This comes at a critical time for me. I’ve been on a Led Zeppelin kick for the last month, ever since Washington City Paper staff writer Joe Eaton posted a blog entry titled “Immigrant Song” and spent the rest of the week humming the song’s opening guitar line in his cube, which is right across from my work area.
As a general rule, I avoid reunion shows altogether. In this case, however, I think I’ll just register and let fate decide.
[lolcat: Jonathan Deamer]