LED ZEPPELIN legend Jimmy Page has been forced to cancel his participation in the June 30 concert in honor of Atlantic Records at this year's Montreux Jazz Festival due to medical reasons (a "surgery", according to a press release).
On June 30 — the opening night of the festival — the Montreux Jazz Festival will pay tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, who founded the mystic record label Atlantic in 1947. The concert will feature some of the most important names in contemporary music, including a number of Atlantic Records' biggest stars, past and present. Among the artists slated to appear are, in alphabetical order: Jeff Beck, Solomon Burke, CHIC, Phil Collins, George Duke, Chaka Khan, Kid Rock, Ben E. King, Bette Midler, Stevie Nicks, Paolo Nutini, Robert Plant, and Steve Winwood, plus the NILE RODGERS ORCHESTRA and the ATLANTIC SOUL ALL-STARS featuring Les McCann, Cornell Dupree, Ronnie Cuber, Jerry Jermott, and Buddy Williams.
Since the first Montreux Jazz Festival in 1967, the event has grown to encompass artists spanning a wide musical spectrum, including jazz, blues, soul, R&B, gospel, rock, pop, hip-hop, and world music. This year's festival will run from June 30 through July 15 — 16 days of concerts taking place simultaneously at three different venues. The Atlantic events will both be held in the largest hall, the 3,500-seat Auditorium Stravinski.
The city of Montreux, Switzerland is situated at the foot of the Alps on the banks of Lake Geneva, in the region known as the "Swiss Riviera."