Robert crushed fans’ dreams when he pulled the plug on a Led Zeppelin reunion tour because he felt the timing wasn’t right. So heartbreaking!
It looks like you can’t buy a stairway to heaven after all. Robert Plant, 66, literally ripped up an $8 million contract that would have reunited legendary rock band Led Zeppelin for 35 shows in three cities, according to a new report.
Robert Plant On Led Zeppelin Reunion: Lead Singer Turned Down $800 Million Deal
Apparently Sir Richard Branson, the founder of Virgin Group, was the one who tried to make the magic happen. He offered the band a multi-million-dollar deal to play 35 shows in London, Berlin and an undisclosed New Jersey city — which means, yes, you could have seen Led Zeppelin rock out right here in the U.S.!
The three surviving original band members — which also include guitarist Jimmy Page, 70, and bassist and keyboardist John Paul Jones, 68 — would have each raked in more than $200 million for the performances, and split an additional $100 million in merchandising profits, according to a new report from the UK’s The Mirror.
Robert reportedly sat down with concert promotors to talk about the deal but ended up tearing the contract apart in the middle of the meeting — we can’t believe it! And we’re guessing the lead singer’s bandmates are just as disappointed as fans. Jimmy for one has expressed anger in the past over Robert’s refusal to move forward with a reunion.
“I was told last year that Robert Plant said he is doing nothing in 2014, and what do the other two guys think?” Jimmy told The New York Times in May 2014. “Well, he knows what the other guys think. Everyone would love to play more concerts for the band. He’s just playing games, and I’m fed up with it, to be honest with you.”
Robert later told Rolling Stone magazine that “all doors are open” but that “I’m not part of a jukebox!”
“Do you know why the Eagles said they’d reunite when ‘hell freezes over,’ but they did it anyway and keep touring?” he asked at the time. “It’s not because they were paid a fortune. It’s not about the money. It’s because they’re bored. I’m not bored.”
Although it looks like a reunion tour is totally off the table, Led’s legacy is still alive and well — and being carried on in part by the most unlikely of pop stars!
Miley Cyrus, 21, recently performed an amazing cover of Led Zeppelin’s “Babe I’m Gonna Leave You,” tweeting out the video to her fans on Sept. 13. We wonder what Robert thinks of her rendition of their 1969 recording!
So HollywoodLifers, are YOU disappointed that Led Zeppelin won’t be reuniting? Let us know!
— Tierney McAfee