Led Zeppelin Reunion: ticket application deadline extended

Demand means hopefuls are given a little longer

The deadline to register for Led Zeppelin tickets has been extended due to the incredible demand.

Fans wanting to go to the gig on November 26 at the O2 Arena in London must put their names into a ballot which will randomly allocate tickets.

However yesterday the site Ahmettribute.com received around 120 million hits, with 25 million people apparently registering for the ballot so far.

There are 20,000 tickets at £125 per head and sales are limited to two per person.

Organisers have now told the ballot, initially due to close on Monday (September 17), will now be open until midday Wednesday (19). Successful applicants will hear after October 1.

Promoter Harvey Goldsmith said in a statement: “We urge people to be patient and to remember this is a ballot system and that all registrations will have equal standing regardless if they register first or last.

“In order to ensure as many fans as possible are able to enter the ballot we have decided to extend the closing of the ballot from midday Monday 17th to midday Wednesday 19th.

“To the thousands of fans that have already registered, we thank you for your support of the Tribute To Ahmet Ertegun Concert and we continue to do our best to ensure that tickets for this show go directly to you and don’t end up in the hands of the unscrupulous touts.”

Led Zeppelin will reunite for the show in November 26, topping a bill that also includes Pete Townshend, Foreigner and Paolo Nutini with Bill Wyman And The Rhythm Kings backing those three acts as well as playing their own set.

The show is being held to raise money for the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which pays for university scholarships in the UK, US and Turkey.

The fund was created in honour of Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun who died last year. He worked helped further the career of a host of acts, including Led Zeppelin.

“During the Zeppelin years, Ahmet Ertegun was a major foundation of solidarity and accord. For us he was Atlantic Records and remained a close friend and conspirator,” explained Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant of the band’s decision to reform. “His performance stands alone as our tribute to the work and the life of our long-standing friend.”

Now now find out what made Led Zeppelin reform and check out the rumours that The Rolling Stones’ Mick Jagger will also play the gig.

Read NME.COM’s brief history of Led Zeppelin and Ahmet Ertegun’s story now.

Plus look at our special Led Zeppelin picture gallery.