There’s no amount of money that could get Robert Plant to play a Led Zeppelin reunion tour.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Virgin boss Richard Branson was hoping to persuade the singer to rejoin Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones for a 35 date tour. Page, Jones, and Jason Bonham, the son of drummer John Bonham, were all on board, but Plant reportedly ripped up the $800 million contract.
A source told the Daily Mirror: “Jimmy, John and Jason signed up immediately … It was a no-brainer for them but Robert asked for 48 hours to think about it. 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.”
The story is sure to add a little more to the legend of Led Zepplin, but it might not be completely accurate. For one, Plant has played with his former bandmates a few times since their split in 1980. Also, the Daily Mirror claims that Plant, Page, and Jones were all going to be paid about $300 million for the reunion (a total of around $900 million) but reports that the contract was only for $800 million. The math literally doesn’t add up.
Lastly, the Daily Mirror is a British tabloid. That doesn’t mean that the report is false but I’d take this news with a grain of salt. Was the contract really worth $800 million? Did Plant really rip it to shreds? Regardless. don’t expect to see a Led Zepplin reunion anytime soon.