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Robert Plant reportedly rips up MASSIVE contract to reunite with Led Zeppelin

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Robert Plant doesn't want to recreate this image with Jimmy Page. (PHOTO: Heinrich Klaffs) Robert Plant doesn't want to recreate this image with Jimmy Page. (PHOTO: Heinrich Klaffs)
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KHQ.com - It has been 34 years since rock legends Led Zeppelin disbanded following the death of drummer John Bonham. Since then there have been a few Jimmy Page/Robert Plant collaborations. The Unledded album from 1994 featuring an array of Middle-Eastern and Moroccan-influenced recreations of Zeppelin tunes, and a few new ones, was decent. Page and Plant's Walking Into Clarksdale wasn't bad either. When the mini-Zeppelin reunions have happened, like in 2007, Bonham's son Jason filled in on drums. 


Each time there has been anything Zeppelin-related, fans have shown that they still have an interest. Page has been reissuing Zeppelin's catalog as of late, and sales have been strong. So you'd think with a renewed interested in the band, a generation obviously still clamoring to hear the heroes of "the days of their youth" to borrow a phrase, and a new generation just discovering Zeppelin, that a tour with the surviving members would make sense, right? Well, it apparently almost happened, but there was just one sticking point: Robert Plant. 


It's amazing what you can do when you have an endless amount of money. Check that, it's amazing what you can almost do when you have an endless amount of money. Remember in Fast Times at Ridgemont High when Spicoli saved Brooke Shields from drowning and blew the reward money hiring Van Halen to play his birthday party? Enter real-life Spicoli and Virgin Atlantic billionaire Richard Branson (and I mean that in the kindest way possible). Branson has so much money, that he recently offered Zeppelin an $800 million contract to play a reunion tour. 


Obviously Branson's offer has a little more business sense behind it than Spicoli's Van Halen booking, but both offers have the same amount of admiration packed behind them. Branson's a huge Zeppelin fan. Who wouldn't want to see a Zeppelin reunion, right? Robert Plant apparently. And seeing as how he is a key part of the deal, it would appear Zeppelin fans will be "trying to find the bridge" of reunion for the foreseeable future. 


Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones were on board, along with Bonham's son Jason, but after giving their frontman 48 hours to think about it, Robert Plant came back and said "no." 


35 tour dates and you've got yourself nearly $300 million. Branson even said he would pull out one of his jumbo jets and rename it "The Starship" in honor of the band's 1970's means of travel. But, I guess when you already have loads of money, what's another $300 million? If nothing else, you have to respect Plant for sticking to what he believes in, and that seems to be that Zeppelin is nothing more than a memory. 


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