Led Zeppelin's Back Catalog Will Be Available From Online Music Stores

Monday, October 15th 2007, 2:24 pm
By: News On 6

LONDON (AP) _ Led Zeppelin, one of the last major acts to resist digital distribution, are releasing their back catalog online.

Led Zeppelin said their songs, including ``Communication Breakdown,'' ``Whole Lotta Love'' and ``Stairway to Heaven,'' will be available from online music stores Nov. 13. The band is due to release a two-CD retrospective, ``Mothership,'' the same day.

``We are pleased that the complete Led Zeppelin catalog will now be available digitally,'' guitarist Jimmy Page said in a statement Monday. ``The addition of the digital option will better enable fans to obtain our music in whichever manner that they prefer.''

The band has signed a separate deal with Verizon Wireless to offer their songs as ringtones and downloads to mobile phones, Verizon said in a statement.

The Beatles are the highest-profile holdouts for digital distribution.

Led Zeppelin, which split up in 1980 after the death of drummer John Bonham, announced last month they were reuniting for a Nov. 26 concert in London. The lineup includes Page, singer Robert Plant and bass player John Paul Jones, along with Bonham's son Jason, on drums.

More than 1 million fans entered a draw for a chance to buy one of the 10,000 tickets to the show. The concert is a tribute to Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun, who died last year.