After years of speculation, Led Zeppelin are finally reuniting, this time under the auspices of a tribute concert to late Atlantic Records head Ahmet Ertegun on November 26th at O2 arena in London. Atlantic Records was home to the band’s first five albums, from their groundbreaking, blues-fueled self-titled debut to the landmark Houses of the Holy (the band formed its own label, Swan Song, which was distributed by Atlantic for its remaining albums). 

“During the Zeppelin years, Ahmet Ertegun was a major foundation of solidarity and accord,” said lead singer Robert Plant upon the tribute concert’s announcement. “For us he was Atlantic Records and remained a close friend and conspirator—this performance stands alone as our tribute to the work and the life of our long standing friend.” 

In late June, there were news reports of the band’s participation in the tribute which Plant, in short order, denied. The rumor mill was rightfully humming as just days earlier bassist John Paul Jones had performed with singer/guitarist Ben Harper and Roots drummer Amir “?uestlove” Thompson doing all Zeppelin tunes at the annual Bonnaroo Music Festival. Jones, having been a longtime bluegrass fan, has been focusing his attention on more acoustic-based music, including producing the band Uncle Earl’s most recent album, and has rarely played any of his former band’s material live. According to sources, Plant and Jones had finally reconciled in late 2002 after a longtime rift. Still, there has been little in the way of hope for fans save for the Jimmy Page/Robert Plant tour in 1994.

This will not be the first time the remaining members of Led Zeppelin have reunited since the passing of drummer John Bonham on September 25, 1980. In 1985 they came together to support Live Aid, looking to drummers Tony Thompson and Phil Collins for support. Three years later, for Atlantic Records’ 40th anniversary, the trio again came together, this time tapping Bohman’s son Jason as drummer. He will once again provide backing this November. 

Other artists slated to perform include the Who’s Pete Townshend, former Rolling Stone bassist Bill Wyman, and young upstart Paolo Nutini. 

For more information and the perhaps the chance to buy tickets—it looks like it will be a lottery of sorts—click here.

Photo Credit: Neil Zlozower