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Led Zeppelin re-forming for concert

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  • NEW: Led Zeppelin announces a one-off performance in London
  • NEW: No discussion of tour or future dates, says promoter
  • It would be the first time the band has reformed in 19 years
  • Show pays tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun
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LONDON, England (CNN) -- Rock legends Led Zeppelin are to reform for the first time in 19 years for a one-off concert in London, the band announced Wednesday.

Robert Plant playing in London, 2006, with his band the Strange Sensation.

Singer Robert Plant, 59, last week hinted that the band were reforming when a fan asked him about the possibility of a performance.

He replied: "How did you know about that?", the British Press Association reported.

The three surviving original band members -- Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones -- will play a concert at the O2 Arena November 26, organized by promoter Harvey Goldsmith. The show will pay tribute to Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, whom Robert Plant described as "a close friend and conspirator."

In 1968, Led Zeppelin became the first rock band Ertegun signed to Atlantic, a label which had been better known for soul and R&B music before then.

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. The show is a "tribute from UK artists that Ertegun worked with in a 60-year career," according to a press release.

The Zeppelin performance would also coincide with a new "Best Of Led Zeppelin" CD due to be released in November.

Promoter Harvey Goldsmith said plans are for one show only, and there was no commitment or discussion of a tour or other dates.

The band broke up in 1980 when drummer John Bonham died after a drinking binge.

His son, Jason, will join the band on stage.

The band have played several times since they split, including at Live Aid in 1985.


Led Zeppelin have sold around 200 million albums, including more than 100 million in the U.S.

Money raised from ticket sales will go to the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which provides students with annual scholarships to universities in the United States, UK and Ertegun's native Turkey. E-mail to a friend E-mail to a friend

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