Skip to comments.Bill Clinton tried to broker Led Zeppelin reunion
Posted on 05/08/2013 8:36:43 AM PDT by equaviator
...But band turned down request to play at Sandy benefit concert
Led Zeppelin did not show Sandy victims a whole lotta love.
The legendary rock band turned down a request from former President Bill Clinton, no less to reunite and perform at the 12-12-12 Concert for Sandy Relief in December.
And the British musicians had the gall to turn Clinton down just before they were to be honored at the Kennedy Center in Washington, CBS reported Monday on its 60 Minutes Overtime website.
There were two bands that we were trying desperately to recruit. One was Rolling Stones, the other was Led Zeppelin, David Saltzman, executive director of the Robin Hood Foundation, told the website.
It was movie mogul Harvey Weinsteins idea to enlist Clintons help.
And, you know, the President was terrific, Saltzman recalled. He goes, I really want to do this. This would be a fantastic thing. I love Led Zeppelin. And Bill Clinton himself asked Led Zeppelin to reunite.
But, said Saltzman, They wouldnt do it.
The Rolling Stones did, although Keith Richards initially told Saltzman to tell Weinstein to f--- off.
The Who, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Kanye West, Alicia Keys and other big name acts also helped raise $30 million in badly needed relief money for storm victims.
There was no immediate explanation why Zeppelin turned down the chance to help storm victims, but the three surviving members of the band have not played together since 2007.
Zeppelin, a pioneering hard rock band best known for hits like Stairway to Heaven and Whole Lotta Love, officially broke up in 1980 after drummer and founding member John Bonham died.
Since then, singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page, and bass player John Paul Jones, have embarked on their own projects and have not exactly stayed in touch. When they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1995, Jones joking told Page and Plant, Thank you, my friends, for finally remembering my phone number.
Page and Plant were not amused.
The retired rockers were briefly reunited again in Washington in December for the 35th annual Kennedy Center Awards.
John Bonham will not show.... Ever.
To reject anything to do with any “Clinton” shows great class, not gall.
The only slime slimier than a Clinton is an Obama.
I think Page and Plant think they have a bigger and better legacy than clintoon. And you know what?....I think they are right.
Bill’s offer to throw in some porky groupies flew like a, well, you know...
Nor will Robert Plants voice.
The Rolling Stones > Led Zeppelin.
You mean Bruce Springsteen is sucking up to another sappy worthless left wing cause? I am shocked I tell ya.
That I would like.
One last time.
last was Cotton Bowl in 75..I think
they are not the best stadium band to be honest
but those times are quickly evaporating..one last show would have been nice
i see floppy haired Plant in his Jaguar or Bently on Franklin road frequently
leaving Jack White’s digs at Otter Creek
first time from behind thought it was a hot chick in cool car..lol..opal Bentley
a big Perry style whoops as I passed and glanced over
old Keith...ever the eloquent
I would like to tell Pineapple Face Whinestein to eff off too
right after I slapped him
Now Bill has turned rock promoter.
Such important matters.
Broker Led Zeppelin from the
Broken Steel Zipper
He was planning to get the band’s castoffs backstage.Hillary’s reaction,of course,would be...all together now...WHAT DIFFERENCE DOES IT MAKE?
Take this for what it’s worth. I remember reading I think it was the Valachi papers back in the 60’s. And how the mafia would get Sinatra to do “charity” concerts. And of course pocket a good bit of the proceeds. I’m *always* skeptical when I read of these “charity” concerts to “benefit” this victim or that victim. Who’s really to say where all the money ends up? And then you get a lowlife like clinton involved? If I had to guess that’s where people like Keith and Zep are coming from. They’ve been in the game a long time and they’ve undoubtedly seen it all!
LOL- not even close....
the mighty Zeppelin had eight, count them, eight studio albums and everything they did competed with anything you hear today...
the Stones?? does anybody even know how many albums they have considering so much garbage they produced??
I admire geriatric rock bands that don’t get back together to play the casinos. I also admire geriatric ex presidents who stay out of the public eye.
They could play a cover of ZZ Top’s “Velcro Fly” just for him.
“To reject anything to do with any Clinton shows great class, not gall.”
It wasn’t an offer they couldn’t refuse.
Excellent point. These guys have been in the business for a long long time, and they have seen all manner of fraud, cheating, and hucksters during their careers. Bill Clinton is nothing new to them. Good for them for showing him the back of their hand.
Hellyeah!...And I’ll bet Clinton would’ve been thinking he was going backstage as part of a “mutual admiration society”.
What is the connection between Led Zeppelin and Sandy Hook?
What a joke. We will all learn the truth when Congress unseals those locked up secret files. Must be at least 20 other victims besides poor Monica Harmonica. Besides, I heard from a good source that Ms M was programmed to become an "intern" in a secret a top Israeli revenge operation started by Netanyahu after Bill sent top aides to topple his political career.
If you watch “Shine a Light” which is Marty Scorsese’s film of the Stones, it’s basically this scenario. Somehow the clintons got the stones to play some sort of a gala show for them in NY and Scorsese filmed it. You can see the stones greeting the clintons and their entourage backstage. The whole thing is so cringe worthy. I think the technical word for it is “douche chills”.
Besides, they never did care much about what was written about them.
The only things slimmer than a Clinton is another Clinton and an Obama.
“Now Bill has turned rock promoter”.
-—It’s really what he was meant to do, and all basically
he did as President.It was Clinton who launched the prototype of The Presidency as a full-time Campaign,with the President himself as Commander/Campaigner-in-Chief. This paved the way for Obama to perfect this new role in the Democratic Party.
8 years of Clinton functioned as a never-ending referendum
on the Hip vs. the Square, then we had an 8 year interval,
and now we are back to the same thing with Obama. The difference between Clinton and Obama as rock promoters is that they got MOST of their mileage out of promoting THEMSELVES as rock stars, whereas a real rock promoter gets out of the way and gives the stage over to “the real talents”.
I;m with you.
Zepplin tops the Stones any day.
Mick Jagger’s voice may be holding up today better than Robert Plant’s. But that is about the only way the Rolling Stones could ever top Led Zepplin.
Too bad Peter Grant wasn’t still alive, he would have kicked Bill’s ass.
I think I remember seeing that and yeah, I had an adverse reaction to it myself!
He must be bored silly.
its primarily Plant...Page has wanted to reunite for decades with Bonzo’s son on the drums but Plant won’t do it...
i’m a diehard Zeppelin fan and went to many of the few reunions they had in the past and really wanted them to reunite...but the longer they stayed apart the more respect i had for them considering the way other bands (the Who) would just plug in new musicians and their guys died off or in the case of the Stones, they just add musicians and singers because Ronnie Wood can’t get the job done...
I saw Plant say (speaking of the past and possible reunions) “I just can’t get across to that side of the street anymore”). He’s done with LZ. I have to say that his collaboration with Allison Krause was the saddest thing I’ve ever heard put to tape. Three minutes into the first track I wanted to pour beer on my table, lay my face down in it and start bawling.
Zeppelin told Bill....even when the levee breaks....and floods d’yer maker.....and drowns Kashmir....they ain’t playing for Sandy relief
I was at the Cotton Bowl for the Texxas Jam ‘78. It was July 3rd and HOT! Have you seen the new Zeppelin DVD “Celebration Day?” Two dvd,s and two cd’s. It’s the benefit they did in London five years ago. Jason Bohnam on drums.
Beggars’ Banquet, Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers, and Exile on Main Street is the best 4 studio album run in history. LZ was tired and busted by the early 70s. LZ just cranked out over-blown, pretensious, self-indulgent nonsense like the Battle of Evermore, Black Dog, etc. No wonder the punks hated them so much.
Why didn’t Clinton just Donate $25 Million? He makes about $250,000 a speech. Better yet, he should have called his Multi Millionaire Buddy Al Gore to chip in a few bucks.
Oh that’s right, Clinton is the guy that wrote off giving his used Underwear to Charity when he was the Guv in Arkansas. Al Gore gave $400 to Charity when he was V.P.
Sounds about right to me.
I agree with you and also wonder how much BJ and his admirers donated to the Sandy ‘victims’.
LOL- lets forget about Zeppelin IV; none of the crap the Stone produced came close to Physical Graffiti, which was released in ‘74- nothing....
Kahsmir, Trampled Under Foot, In My Time of Dying, the WonTon Song....even on their best day the Stones could not write a song that would make it onto Physical, which was a double album...
funny thing about the “punks”- they fizzled...listen to any rock station and lets compare the number of Zeppelin songs played versus the rolling stoned...
btw- i always wondered if the guitars of Keith Richards and Ronnie Wood were actually plugged in when the Stones were playing....sort of reminded me of the chick who played keyboards for the Partridge Family...
I saw Led Zep twice circa 1969 and they had a thin sound on stage. The studio sound was much fuller with much double tracking guitars and more. After the first two tunes boredom set in. It could be that in the years after they figured out ways to electronically enhance and deliver a fuller sound on stage
Robert Plant had a large and busy stage presence to try to overcome the thin sound. I saw the Stones in 69 and same problem of thin sound live, I was bored within 20 minutes. The studio versions were much better
Page wrote some of the greatest riffs ever. His soloing wasn't great but the man can play. Same for Eddie Van Halen....except his soloing was awesome.
One of my all time favs, as well as on my daughter’s top 10 list, along with Hendrix.
They were here recently.