Led Zeppelin Outwits Scalpers

Strict new security in force at concert
By Peter Fearon,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 10, 2007 7:58 AM CST
Led Zeppelin bandmates, singer Robert Plant, left, and guitarist Jimmy Page.Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page. Led Zeppelin's much anticipated reunion concert in London Monday night is their first performance...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – Rock band Led Zeppelin performs in London tonight for the first time in 20 years and fans are pouring in from all over the world—including Brazil, Australia and the US. Some may be bitterly disappointed, however. Stringent new security arrangements designed to beat scalpers may stop some fans from seeing their idols. A million people vied for 18,000 tickets available only on the web, and sales were limited to two tickets a person.

Some tickets have been sold on on E-Bay for $1,000. But buyers may face serious problems when they actually try to pick them up at the box office, where they're being held. "People have to pick up in person and they'll need to bring the credit card they used to book and ID," said a spokesman. Otherwise, "they won't be allowed in."