THE countdown is well under way for the rock ’ n’ roll revival of the year, when gods of the 1960s and ’ 70s Led Zeppelin re- form in London for one night only as part of a tribute concert for former Atlantic Records boss Ahmet Ertegun. But the concert, which will also feature performances by Pete Townshend, Bill Wyman and the Rhythm Kings, Foreigner and Paolo Nutini, has been beset by problems, not the least of which is the scamming of tickets, with scalpers demanding as much as £ 4000 ( about $ 9280) for just one. The Zep reunion has been troubled from the off. It was originally scheduled for November 26 but had to be postponed for two weeks while guitarist Jimmy Page recovers from breaking his finger in a gardening accident. The band has denied that their performance at London’s O2 arena will be the prelude to a full- scale Zeppelin revival but, given the success of tours by rock ’ n’ roll dinosaurs in recent years, it shouldn’t be ruled out entirely. SPEAKING of rock ’ n’ roll dinosaurs, they don’t come much more thick- skinned than Ozzy Osbourne, former Black Sabbath frontman and frontispiece for the reality television extravaganza The Osbournes . The man with whom bats get edgy, who is touring Australia next year, got himself all hot and bothered last week in the US when police in North Dakota invited 500 people with outstanding arrest warrants against them to a party they said Osbourne would be attending. Sure enough the party, held before Osbourne’s show, attracted a whole stack of ne’er- do- wells, 30 of whom were arrested. The singer said he was insulted by the idea that his name had been used to bring crims out of the woodwork, but really you have to hand it to the cops for using a bit of initiative. Perhaps Australian police could use the same cunning plan to nab a few baddies by arranging a party of their own. But which Australian rock star would be likely to attract the most criminals? Answers gratefully received. ONLY one week to go until the release of Kylie Minogue’s latest masterwork, X, which, coincidentally, is also the name of an INXS album. Next week is also the 10th anniversary of the death of Minogue’s one- time squeeze, Michael Hutchence. Hard to say from listening to it whether these details are in any way related, but Spin Doctor ’ s sneak preview did reveal a smorgasbord of talent in the credits for the pop princess’s first album since her illness. No less than 30 songwriters were involved in the album’s creation, seven of them, including Kylie, on the one song, called The One. Given that it’s a straight- ahead dance tune, it’s hard to imagine what they all did to get their names in the credits.
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