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.