Robert Plant has turned down a lucrative £500 million offer from billionaire Virgin tycoon Richard Branson to reform Led Zeppelin.
The UK’s Daily Mirror reports that the 66 year old rocker ripped up a contract for 35 concert dates in front of astonished promoters after the two other founding members — Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones — and drummer Jason Bonham, son of original founding member John Bonham, agreed to sign on.
“Jimmy, John and Jason signed up immediately,” one source said to the Daily Mirror.
“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.”
“When he said no and ripped up the paperwork he had been given, there was an enormous sense of shock.”
The concerts would’ve taken place in three cities — London’s O2 Arena (the site of the band’s 2007 reunion concert as documented on Celebration Day), Berlin and New Jersey.
The band was also promised £70 million in merchandise profits and the option to do 45 dates in five cities.
Plant, Page and Jones would’ve each earned £190 before tax while Bonham would’ve been paid a wage to perform.
The source also claims that Branson, a long time Zeppelin fan, was planning to rebrand one of his jumbo jets “The Starship” to fly the band to the venues. He was also preparing to rename the inside staircase “Stairway To Heaven,” after the band’s massive 70s hit, and sell off the back 20 rows of the aircraft as special Led Zep seats for £100,000 each.
Author: Buddy Iahn
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