Led Zeppelin will reform for a one-off show at the O2 Arena in London, it was confirmed today (September 12).
The band 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.”
Tickets for the show cost £125 each, and they are limited to two per person, and will be distributed by ballot only.
Those wishing to go must register on Ahmettribute.com to be in the ballot. Registration closes on Monday (September 17), while any tickets that appear on online auction sites afterwards will be immediately cancelled.
Successful applicants will find out after October 1.
A big aftershow for the gig is set to take place on the night at the O2‘s Indigo venue.
Led Zeppelin will feature original members Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, while Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham, will play with the band.
The band will also release a new best of compilation ‘Mothership’ on November 12.
Promoter Harvey Goldsmith said at the moment the band “have no plans to tour but hopes they will”. He added they were enjoying working together again and were currently planning a two-hour set for the gig.