Led Zeppelin fans will have to wait a bit longer for the band’s reunion concert, thanks to guitarist Jimmy Page breaking his finger over the weekend. The injury will not allow him to play guitar for three weeks, according to a statement from the group’s label. The show has been rescheduled for December 10.
The specialist treating Page said, “I have examined the fracture to Mr. Page’s finger, and it is my opinion that with proper rest and treatment, he will be ready to resume rehearsing in three weeks time, and thus able to perform on December 10,” the statement read.
Page added, “I am disappointed that we are forced to postpone the concert by two weeks. 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.”
Tickets for the original show will be honored on the new date, and refunds will also be available until November 14.
Back in September, the band’s three living members confirmed that they would be re-forming for a gig at the O2 arena in London on November 26. In the wake of that announcement, the rumor mill went into overdrive, suggesting that the band — frontman Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones, with Jason Bonham filling in on drums for his late father, John — would carry on beyond that one concert, with a full-blown tour. Plant later dismissed those rumors (see “No Led Zeppelin Tour After London Show, Robert Plant Says” ).
Led Zeppelin disbanded after John Bonham’s death from alcohol poisoning in 1980. Plant, Page and Jones performed at Live Aid in 1985 (with Phil Collins and Chic’s Tony Thompson tag-teaming on drums), at the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary show in 1988 with Jason Bonham, and at Jason’s wedding. Page and Plant also joined forces for two albums and a world tour in the mid-’90s and have performed together sporadically over the years.
The reunion concert was arranged to honor the memory of Ahmet Ertegun, who signed the band to Atlantic Records in 1969 and died last year at age 83 . The benefit concert will also feature performances by other Atlantic artists past and present, including the Who’s Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman’s Rhythm Kings, Paolo Nutini and Foreigner.