Suffolk fans look forward to reunion

FANS of one of the the world's biggest rock bands were celebrating today after it was confirmed they will re-form for a one-off concert at London's O2 arena in November.

FANS of one of the the world's biggest rock bands were celebrating today after it was confirmed they will re-form for a one-off concert at London's O2 arena in November.

And the news that Led Zeppelin prompted waves of nostalgia for ageing rockers in Ipswich who remember the band's performance at the Baths' Hall in November 1971.

The tour was to promote the iconic fourth album - the one containing Stairway to Heaven - and many who were at the Baths insist that was the first time the band's best-known track was heard by a live audience.

The band effectively broke up after the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980, although it did reform to play at the American Live Aid concert five years later.

The new concert will be in memory of Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic records who died recently - but it is hoped they could return for a tour next year if it goes well.

A new remastered compilation album is due to be released in November

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The new gig will be in front of 20,000 fans at the former Millennium Dome, and although the ticket prices have not yet been announced, they are likely to cost many times the £1 face value of the tickets for the Ipswich concert in 1971!

Already there is speculation that they could cost up to £200 - and many times more than that if bought from unofficial sources.

The band, which sold around 200 million albums, including more than 100 million in the US, split when Bonham died after a drinking binge.

Lead guitarist Jimmy Page and vocalist Robert Plant have remained close and collaborated on a number of projects - and Plant includes several Led Zeppelin numbers in his concerts.

However they have not been able to use the name of the band because of objections from bassist John Paul Jones who has resisted attempts at a reunion . . . until now.

Bonham's place will be taken by his son Jason.

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