Sunday 09th December 2007

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This is my last Blog Until after Zeppelin!!

Thousands of fans are collecting their tickets for Led Zeppelin’s eagerly awaited reunion show at the 02 Arena today.

The gig, originally scheduled for November 26 was postponed after guitarist Jimmy Page fractured his finger.

Page, from Epsom, sustained the injury at the beginning of November and was not able to play guitar for three weeks.
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It is the first time the rock legends will have performed together for 19 years and tight security is in place to make sure the tickets go to fans rather than touts.

Promoter Harvey Goldsmith said: “A lot of people are picking up their tickets. They have to bring their photo ID and the method of payment they used to buy the tickets.

“Then they are given a wrist band which, once it’s locked on, won’t come off until after the show to ensure they aren’t sold on.”

O2 arena’s website crashed when 25million fans tried to register for tickets after the announcement of Led Zeppelin’s comeback in September.

The website recorded 100,000 hits a minute as people rushed to sign up for the chance to attend the gig.

More than one million people took part in a ballot for just 9,000 pairs of tickets to the show.

Other acts performing at the concert include Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman, Foreigner and Paolo Nutini.

Profits will benefit the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which provides scholarships to universities in the United States, United Kingdom and Ertegun’s homeland, Turkey.

Source: wimbledonguardian

So, Yeah… theres alot of people already there and waiting for tickets…

from what i understand, it took many people just under an hour to pickup tickets early on, and the queues got longer, along with people waiting upto 5 hours or longer before the queues opened.

The o2 seems to have it under control however, by having the queues divided by surname, like, A-D, E-H, etc… which should make checking ID painless.

I am really excited, and as per the title of this blog, this will be my last one until after the gig as im travelling down to London today, and heading back up home on tuesday morning.

Should be interesting, to say the very least.

If you see me, come and say hi :)

Oh, and one last thing before i go… i dont know how as i am a guest, but i got an email from the o2 just minutes ago, to the effect of this:

O2 Email

Now this wouldnt worry me, except i am the guest of someone going to the concert, so my name isnt even in the system of people going, unless signing up for parking on this night presumes that i am going… ah well, it seems like the system is well performing :)

Everyone thats going, Have an Awesome time!

Everyone who isnt.. Stay tuned for a full review (and pictures) of what goes on… Bookmark ledzeppelinrock.com to make sure you dont miss out.

Thanks

Ste

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