By Tony Hicks
Wednesday, September 12th, 2007 at 3:00 pm in Uncategorized.
Led Zeppelin will do what they say is a one-time comeback in November in memory of Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records.
According to the Associated Press, the band will perform together for the first time in 19 years on Nov. 26, at London’s The O2 venue, on the banks of the River Thames. The concert is meant to pay tribute to Ertegun — the label boss who popularized Ray Charles, Aretha Franklin and Led Zeppelin — who died in December at age 83.
He was the guy who, if I’m not mistaken, was played by the same actor in “Ray” who played Booger in “Revenge of the Nerds.”
He was also one of a dying breed – a record label executive who put his hide (and a lot of corporate money) on the line for artists he deemed worthy. He was another rarity in today’s record company landscape: an executive who was more of a music lover than a bean-counter. If there were more people like that nowadays – and fewer corporate mergers – the music world would be a far far better place.
Ertegun founded Atlantic Records, signing Zeppelin in 1968. He later signed the Rolling Stones as well. In fact, he died last December after complications from a fall at a Stones concert.
Organizers said Led Zeppelin’s remaining original members Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones will headline the concert with late drummer John Bonham’s son, Jason, on drums. Naturally, they asked me first, but I have a really busy November, so I had to decline.
The Who’s Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman, Foreigner and young Scottish singer Paolo Nutini — the last British act Ertegun signed — will also play at the tribute concert.
And it wouldn’t be too surprising if a present Stone or three showed up.
I’m trying not to get my hopes up for a tour, since the guys in Zeppelin are getting up in years. John Bonham died just around the time I was old enough to go to concerts, but I never saw them.
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