Did Plant Turn Down $795M to Reunite Led Zeppelin?

That's what tabloid sources say, but his rep denies it
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 10, 2014 10:46 AM CST
Did Plant Turn Down $795M to Reunite Led Zeppelin?
In this Sept. 9, 2014, file photo, British musician Robert Plant poses for photographs ahead of an interview with the Associated Press in London, England.   (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP, file)

We all know Robert Plant is pretty determined not to get the band back together—but is he so determined that he turned down a $795 million offer to reunite Led Zeppelin? That's what "industry sources" told the Mirror, though Plant's rep quickly shot down the story. The Mirror's sources said Zep superfan Sir Richard Branson offered the band that much money to do 35 concert dates in three locations (London, Berlin, and New Jersey), but Plant refused despite Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and the son of late drummer John Bonham being on board.

"It was a no-brainer for [the rest of the band], but Robert asked for 48 hours to think about it," one source says. "When he said no and ripped up the paperwork he had been given, there was an enormous sense of shock. There is no way they can go ahead without him." But Plant's publicist calls the story "rubbish." Even so, earlier this year Page told the Guardian, "Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. [Robert]'s just playing games, and I'm fed up with it, to be honest with you." (And last month, he told fans not to hold their breath.)

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