November 2, 2007
Led Zeppelin reunion postponed
Promoters push concert back two weeks due to legendary guitarist's injury
Fans who have been waiting for two decades to see Led Zeppelin reunite will have to wait a little longer now that the band's hotly-anticipated comeback has been postponed due to a broken finger.
That the finger in question belongs to one Jimmy Page may help to explain why the concert at the O2 Arena, originally scheduled for November 26, has now been put back to December 10.
While the precise circumstances of the damage done to his digit are unclear, Page - who sustained the injury last weekend - said the injury would keep him out of action for three weeks.
"I am disappointed that we are forced to postpone the concert by two weeks," he said in a statement.
"However, Led Zeppelin have always set very high standards for ourselves, and we feel that this postponement will enable my injury to properly heal, and permit us to perform at the level that both the band and our fans have always been accustomed to."
One potential silver lining is that some of the 1m fans who applied unsuccessfully for tickets in the first instance may yet be able to attend the gig when returns for the new date are taken into account.
Ticket holders who are unable to attend the rescheduled date have noon (GMT) on November 14 to request a refund from their point of purchase. Those tickets will then be entered into a ballot and distributed to fans who registered when the tickets first went on sale.
Led Zeppelin, who split up in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham, announced in September they were reuniting for a one-off show. The lineup includes Page, singer Robert Plant and bass player John Paul Jones, along with Bonham's son Jason on drums.
The concert at London's O2 Arena is a tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who died last year. The lineup also includes former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman, Foreigner and young Scottish singer Paolo Nutini. Organizers said tickets for the November 26 gig will be honoured at the rescheduled show.