Published Feb 06, 2008D and Z are easy enough letters to confuse, right? They certainly were for several media outlets that erroneously reported the reunion of Led Zeppelin at the Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. The Associated Press, Chicago Sun-Times and NME were among the alphabetically challenged media members that mistook Lez Zeppelin, an "all-girls, all-Zeppelin" tribute act, for the actual reformed Led Zeppelin.
The misunderstanding seems to have been at least partly calculated on Bonnaroo's part - the impostor Zeppelin were championed at the top of yesterday's line-up press release after months of rumours that the real Led Zeppelin would make their U.S. return at the festival.
This slight embarrassment should be a good reminder to music editors about the dangers of speed reading trickster press releases. If they're not careful, next time we could be hearing about Punk Floyd and the Beetles headlining Lollapalooza.
Bonnaroo takes place from June 12 to 15. A full list of performers can be found on the festival's website.
Lez Zeppelin "Dazed and Confused"