Led Zeppelin cause internet meltdown

Within minutes of the announcement of the Led Zep show in London on Wednesday, an estimated 20 million fans around the world rushed to register for tickets...

According to service provider Pipex, there are around 80,000 fans a minute attempting to register at the site.

They are working around the clock to keep the website moving and may struggle to find a server large enough to handle capacity.

Demand has also crashed the O2 Arena website. The venue is experiencing by far the most amount of web hits since opening earlier this year.

Promoter Harvey Goldsmith announced the concert at the O2 Arena for November 26th, 2007 where Led Zeppelin will headline a bill withPete Townshend, Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, Foreigner and Paolo Nutiniin honour of Ahmet Ertegun, the founder of Atlantic Records and the man who had a guiding hand in all of their careers.

Ertegun died last year at the age of 83.

In a year of band reunions, it shows just how many fans were waiting for the ultimate rock event.

Led Zeppelin have sold 300 million records and are still the most played band on US radio to this day.

Chris Goodman, press officer for the event, says the message is to be patient.

"The website will be open until midday Monday (September 17, 2007) for anyone wanting register. It is NOT 'first come first served' and all successful applicants will be entered into the ballot for tickets to be drawn at random," he added.

One of the most eagerly awaited concerts of the decade will celebrate the life and work of Ahmet Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records and much missed mentor to some of the greatest names in music.

Profits from the show will go to Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund which provides students with annual scholarships to universities in the UK, USA and Turkey.

In addition, a music scholarship open to all will be established at Ravensbourne College in the UK.

Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones will be joined by Jason Bonham, the son of their late drummer John Bonham.

In addition, Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, Foreigner and Paolo Nutini, all touched by Erteguns guiding hand over the years, will play on the night. Paolo was the final British artist that Ahmet mentored.

It will be a tribute from UK artists that Ertegun worked with in a 60 year career.

Tickets are £125, available by ballot only.