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Could Led Zeppelin be set for Slane?


Led Zeppelin in their Seventies heyday

Led Zeppelin in their Seventies heyday

Led Zeppelin in their Seventies heyday

While Led Zeppelin fans around the world are clamouring for the legendary band to announce a world tour mystery still surrounds whether the hard rockers will take to Irish soil and play from their collection of classics.

Hype about the band has escalated since they played a triumphant gig in London this week, marking their return from the wilderness for their first full set in 27 years.

Guitarist Jimmy Page has already indicated that he would like to play more shows, but singer Robert Plant has so far appeared reluctant to commit.

Last night, a spokesperson for promoters MCD said no details of any plans for an Irish date have emerged.

Alison Curtis of Ireland's Today FM said there was a huge reaction from Irish fans to the band coming to Ireland, with Slane Castle rumoured as a possible venue.

"There were lots of texts from people going over to London to see the gig, and I would expect more requests when people come home," she said.

"With London, it is easy enough for people to get there but obviously it would be ideal if they were here."

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When details of the London gig were announced, 20 million people crashed the website. However, just a lucky 10,000 got tickets for the show, the band's first full set in almost three decades.

The trio are now deciding whether to arrange further gigs, and an announcement could come as early as this week.

Speculation has been mounting since The Cult let slip that next year they would be supporting a band with an "L" and a "Z" in their name.

According to the music magazine 'NME', "live industry sources" have confirmed that two Led Zeppelin dates were provisionally booked at Wembley Stadium next summer.

A spokesperson for the band said: "It is just speculation at this stage. They were always going to see how the gig went. Now the dust has settled, we'll see."

Fans contributing to the group's official website are already begging for a tour. In an open letter yesterday, one wrote: "Led Zeppelin have just proved that, after 28 years, they are still the greatest rock band of all time. So now we come to the shameless begging. Please, Robert, please. If 20 million people vying for 18,000 tickets doesn't change your priorities, then I suppose nothing ever will."

Another fan told the trio -- whose combined age is 183 -- to seize the moment.

The three surviving members -- Page, Plant and John Paul Jones -- were joined by late drummer John Bonham's son, Jason, for Monday night's gig.

The charity event was held in memory of former Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertegun, who signed Led Zeppelin.

Fans had travelled from all over the world for the historic occasion.

On the band's official website, fans have urged the lead singer into a rethink about playing more shows.

"If the crowd response didn't convince Robert then nothing will,'' one wrote of the show at the O2 Centre in London.

"Led Zep owe us a tour. Robert needs to start thinking about all the fans who love them,'' said another.

The band are now taking stock and deciding whether to announce a full-blown tour.

"Nothing is set at the moment because their energies were concentrated 100pc on Monday's gig," said a source in the Led Zeppelin camp. "But a tour has certainly not been ruled out."

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