an Ahmet Ertegun Tribute....
Good Times Bad Times
In My Time Of Dying
For Your Life
Custard Pie (Intro)
Nobody's Fault But Mine
Since I've Been Loving You
Dazed & Confused
Stairway To Heaven
The Song Remains The Same
Misty Mountain Hop
Whole Lotta Love
Rock and Roll
THE SCENE: The massive and ultra-modern O2 Arena in Greenwich, London. Situated right on the Prime Meridian - perched right between the past and the future, much like Zep itself in a way - the facility looks like a giant, spiky circus tent. Underneath the very big top is a vast complex that also houses restaurants, cafes, bars, nightclubs, an ice rink and a gallery. There's a King Tut display on right now. Insert your own joke about resurrected gods here.
THE PLAYERS: The three surviving members of Led Zeppelin -59-year-old singer Robert Plant, 61-year-old bassist John Paul Jones and 63-year-old guitarist Jimmy Page - with 41-year-old drummer Jason Bonham taking over for his late father John, whose alcohol-fuelled death in 1980 spelled the end of the band.
THE FANS: Nearly 20,000 people and media from 70 countries. More than a million fans applied for the 125 tickets, which have been distributed under high security - buyers had to show up with photo ID, the credit card used to buy the tickets, an access code and the person they were bringing to the show - in a bid to thwart scalpers who have been advertising tickets for thousands of dollars on the Internet.
THE OPENING ACTS: Former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman and his Rhythm Kings are serving as the house band for guest artists like Keith Emerson, Chris Squire, Alan White, Simon Kirk, Paul Rodgers, Paolo Nutini, Maggie Bell and Foreigner. Rumour is that Ronnie Wood and Mick Jagger may put in appearances. One name that won't be on the list is Pete Townshend, who reportedly backed out of his appearance due to a scheduling conflict.
THE CAUSE: Proceeds of the even go the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, in honour of the late Atlantic Records founder who signed Zeppelin and most of the other performers on the bill. He died last year after falling at a Rolling Stones concert.
THE GUEST LIST: Paris Hilton, Paul and Stella McCartney, Kate Moss, Naomi Campbell, Dave Grohl are just some of the celebrities rumoured to be attending the show. [Canoe]
@ the O2 Arena on December 10, 2007 in London, England
PREVIOUSLY: Led Zeppelin tonight