Led Zeppelin reunion: queue grows ahead of legends’ return

Fans already at the O2 Arena speak ahead of reformation gig

Led Zeppelin are set to reunite tonight (December 10) at the O2 Arena in London – and fans have been queuing since Saturday (8) to get the perfect slot in the venue.

The band do not go onstage until 9pm (GMT) tonight, but so anxious are some who managed to get tickets for the band’s first public gig in 19 years they have been camping outside the venue.

NME.COM has been down to the O2 this morning and found the queue of people braving the elements growing by the hour.

“We came from New York,” Lance Defray, 51, told us. “I missed them the first time round. Will it be worth it? Yeah man, it’s the Zep!”

With over a million people entering the ballot to get tickets, there is a distinctly international element to the queue.

“We got a coach down from Germany and some people flew in this morning,” said 42 year-old Stephen Paffgen. “Some of the people don’t even have tickets yet. I got mine off eBay. I hope they don’t play any new songs, I just want to hear the hits”

While there are lot of old fans of the band, the queue is also full of people who would have been too young to have seen Led Zeppelin first time around.

“I came from Birmingham last night and stayed in a travel lodge,” Hayley Austin, 17, told us. “I applied in the first lot of ballots. When I got the call I was screaming down the phone! Its going to be the best night ever!”

Jake Tomks, 19, is equally keen for his first glimpse of the legends in action.

“We’ve come down from Southampton. It took us about two days to actually get on the site!” he said. “We are standing and whatever they play its going to be brilliant.”

“I was shocked when they chose me,” added Howard Moore, 31, “I hope Robert Plant can reach all the high notes and Jimmy Page’s fingers don’t fall off!”

You can follow the build-up to the concert all day on NME.COM. We will be bringing you all the build up from the O2 Arena, plus tonight we’ll be bringing you a special song by song blog and first review live from inside the concert.

You can access the song-by-song blog from 5pm today.

Meanwhile are you going to the gig? If so send your pictures, reviews and stories to ledzep@nme.com, be sure to include your name and where you come from and we’ll publish the best.

Now was we countdown to show time, we want you to rate Led Zeppelin’s classic songs.

All you have to do is head to our Led Zeppelin song vote now and give each track a score out of ten.

We will then count up all the scores and bring you the ultimate Led Zeppelin setlist according to your votes later today.

Plus read NME.COM’s brief history of Led Zeppelin, check out

Ahmet Ertegun’s story and look at our special Led Zeppelin picture gallery.

Stay tuned to NME.COM for all the action, plus check out our sister site Uncut.co.uk for more.