MONDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 2014 |
Posted by: Austin Price
Led Zeppelin fans hoping for a reunion tour are a hearty breed. We know what it's like to wait an age for even a rumor that the band will be getting back together for a show; waiting for confirmation is something like waiting for proof that there's an afterlife. So maybe you'll understand why we were all a little thrilled when Virgin Group founder Richard Branson managed to get both Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones to agree to a 35-date, three-city tour. It was so close we could taste it. Even Jon Bonham's son, Jason, was onboard, making it the closest thing possible to a full-blown reunion tour. All that was left was to lure in Robert Plant with the promise of over $300 million and who could resist that?
Plant could, actually. In fact, he literally ripped the contract right up and threw it in the faces of the promoters. I have to admit that, as much as this frustrates any hopes I ever had to see the band live, there's something delightful in the fact that he turned the invitation down in such a dramatic way. Sure, it doesn't mean as much given that the man's already a multi-millionaire (what's a few hundred more million, huh?) but anyone who's ever watched a movie about a band knows that they've wanted to do this, too: it's just a perfect representation of rage.
He gave no reason for the refusal, sadly, so fans will have to wonder if it wasn't a matter of personal integrity, busy schedule (Plant's in the middle of a UK tour right now with his band "The Sensational Space Shifters"), or rock-star bullshit but what's undeniable is the scream that you just heard echoing around the world.
(Addendum: Mr. Plant's publicist has said this story is "rubbish," so take that for what you will)