Robert Plant just doesn’t care about Led Zeppelin anymore. And money clearly isn’t a motivator for him.
United Kingdom-based tabloid The Mirror published a story over the weekend claiming Plant put the kibosh on a nearly $800 million dollar deal for a Led Zeppelin tour proposed by British mogul Richard Branson.
According to the report, Branson, a die-hard fan of the band, approached Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, and Jason Bonham with the record-breaking offer.
He wanted them to play 35 dates in three cities: London, England (at the O2); Berlin, Germany; and New Jersey, likely at MetLife Stadium.
The band would have made $397 million from the shows, in addition to a $111 million offer from Branson for the our’s merchandise and an 45 additional shows at five separate venues.
The lion’s share of the money would have been earned by the founding members, with Jason Bonham — son of the late John Bonham — being paid a fee for each show.
Branson reportedly was prepared to “re-brand” one of his jumbo gets “The Starship” for the band’s personal use on the tour, with the back row of the jet’s seats being sold as “special Led Zeppelin” seats four nearly $160,000 each.
One source “close to the band” said of Plant:
“They have tried to talk him round but there is no chance. His mind is made up and that’s that.”
Another source said:
“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.”
That’s fucked up.
I mean, I get that maybe Plant didn’t want to sell out. But I strongly suspect he just can’t handle the material anymore.
I don’t think he can hack it, and sing the songs the same way so he turned it down. For that, I’d respect him.
But $800 million is a lot to turn down.
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