Led Zeppelin reunion: Jimmy Page reveals band’s secret rehearsals

Guitarist lifts lid on clandestine preparations

Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page has revealed the secret preparation that went into the band deciding to reform for their gig on December 10.

The guitarist explained that the band had a series of rehearsals they kept under wraps before confirming their return.

“We wanted to see how well we’d be playing together and once we played it was without doubt we wanted to do it,” Page told BBC News.

He said that the rehearsals were “exhilarating” but it was tough keeping it a secret.

“The hardest thing of having anything to do with Led Zeppelin is getting together and rehearsing without anybody finding out about it,” he explained.

The guitarist added that the band were then surprised by the response once they announced their return – they will play just the one show at a tribute concert for Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun. It takes place at the O2 Arena in London.

“We were pretty confident it would sell out on the first day but the demand was totally overwhelming,” said Page. “I don’t think anyone expected that demand in their wildest dreams.”