Nervous Zeppelin Played in Secret Before 'Reunion'

Band needed to know if the old chemistry still sizzled
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 20, 2007 7:09 AM CST
British hard rock singer Robert Plant performs on the main stage, during the Paleo open air music Festival in Nyon, Switzerland, Thursday, July 26, 2007. Plant is the singer with Led Zeppelin. (AP...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Superband Led Zeppelin rehearsed in secret to make certain they could click again before announcing a reunion concert, guitarist Jimmy Page told the BBC. "We wanted to see how well we'd be playing together and once we played it was without doubt we wanted to do it," he said. The practices were such a blast that "the hardest thing" was keeping them secret, he said.

The rockers were stunned by the appetite for the December reunion concert in London when the three remaining band members will play together for the first time since 1988. More than a million fans vied for 10,000 seats: No one "in their wildest dreams" anticipated that kind of demand, Page said.