Friday, July 3, 2009

Led Zeppelin To Fill In For Michael Jackson Shows?

Seeing as it's from the UK's paragon of reliability The Sun, you might want to take this with a grain of salt, but they are reporting that music bosses hope Led Zeppelin will play some of Michael Jackson's O2 arena gigs.

AEG Live, the team behind the King of Pop's 50-night stint, want the rock supergroup to alternate shows with Abba.

Both bands - who have sold 600 million albums between them - have been offered big money to reform.

Led Zep stars Jimmy Page, 65, Robert Plant, 60, and bassist John Paul Jones, 63, have been approached.

They played their only concert in 19 years at the O2 in 2007 and are seen as one of the few acts who could rival Jacko. His This Is It tour was due to start at the London venue on July 13.

AEG face multi-million pound losses if they cannot fill the slots. A source said: "Only Michael Jackson could sell out 50 nights at such a big arena, but Led Zeppelin and Abba combined might just rival him. There is huge money on the table."


Anonymous said...

So far, according to the L.A. Times, about 40 percent of responding Jackson show ticket holders have opted to receive the special holographic tickets as souvenirs in lieu of refunds. That, combined with the insurance AEG took out, and profits from the release of the final dress rehearsal video will likely ensure that they'll see no loss, and probably a profit. Plus, they're hoping to stage the show as Michael designed with other stars as a tribute to him. If AEG also books shows with Zep and ABBA, it'll be pure gravy.

eric said...

I don't think Robert Plant is gonna just suddenly change his mind based on big money on the table. I think the money was already there. Page, Jones, and little Bonham already wanted to do it, so I'm sure they'd be all for it, but it ain't gonna be without Plant. Shame, but it won't. I feel bad for Jimmy Page. I can tell he wants it bad. Maybe he should've named his band "Jimmy Page" instead of "Led Zeppelin". I don't think Abba would really be even half a rival to Michael Jackson. If they really need someone to play the 50 nights, my band will gladly do it. Check us out at

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