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A hard sound's gonna fall

Khalid Mohamed gets nostalgic about hard rockers Led Zeppelin who will reunite at a London concert next month.

art-and-culture Updated: Oct 04, 2007 13:44 IST
Khalid Mohamed
Khalid Mohamed
Hindustan Times

The Beatles didn't do it. Crosby Stills, Nash and Young didn't either. So the news of the titans rebanding should make any circa ‘70s rocker play air guitar. Come together guys, come together, all you need is love, energy and ego-downers.
So yeah Led Zeppelin is scheduled to reunite on November 26 at London's O2 Arena for their first concert in 12 years.

Not possible for low-heeled Zep lovers to get there, of course, but as in the rest of the world, the chant has gone up that this concert should be out soonest, after the big day on CD recorded absolutely ‘live'.

And I'm not even thinking download.

One more time
The Led Zeppelin world event is being promoted by Harvey Goldsmith (why do so many top promoters have either a Harvey or a Gold to their names?).

It seems that he's been the brain behind gigs by the Who, Queen and Pink Floyd. Terrific, the road's set.

The Zeppers are of course Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones who will be accompanied by John Bonham's son Jason, first noticed at the last Zep performance in ‘95.

Want more facts? Well, the concert has been designed as a salute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, and the proceeds will go to Ertegun's education fund which offers scholarships to students in the US, the UK and Turkey .

Ertegun had been instantly impressed by the hard rockers and signed them for the label in 1968. Other Eretgun discoveries - Pete Townsend and the Foreigner - will be the support acts at the London event.

Calling it quits
For those who came in late into Zepdom, it may be flashbacked that Led Zeppelin disbanded in 1980. Why? Why? Why?

No option
Bonham died following a booze-out. The surviving members came together in ‘85 and then again in ‘88 for ‘live' shows.. and then again in ‘95.

But then, there seemed to an icy war between Plant and Page, finito, the end. No more.

Next month's reunion appears to have been kindled by Ahmet's wife Mica, urging the band to give the new generation a taste of their pioneering hard rock spirit. And so yeah, they'll be back to replay the numbers that made them rock legends in their own lifetime.

And if they decide to take that one concert to an extended global tour, it's already being claimed that "it could be the biggest one of its kind in history ."

Make way for rock
Tickets, by the way, will be sold by internet lottery. An astounding number of 80,000 people right away registered to buy one of the 14,500 tickets priced at $ 250 apiece.

Wonder if any Mumbai rock buffs have swung into the act yet. And yeah it must have been 1973-'74 when Led Zeppelin was in Mumbai.

They were at the Taj Mahal Hotel (when it wasn't Towers) and had popped up to jam at Colaba's Slip Disc disco.. playing ear-shattering riffs from their outstanding cut, Kashmir, which was still to be recorded.

They played for an hour, promising to return the next day Slip . Disc (today's shadyola Voodoo) was packed with us school and college crazies. Midnight struck, 3 am, then 4 am, no show.

That's alright really. Because we still possess the memory of that night of

Waiting for Go Go-Godot
And now so desperate to get to the London reunion. No harm in dreaming. Right? As long as they just bring in the sound that once shook the earth.

First Published: Oct 04, 2007 13:11 IST

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