Robert Plant’s Led Zeppelin Decision That Drove Jimmy Page Crazy
It is unquestionably true that Led Zeppelin was among the leading music acts in rock music history with their remarkable impact on other musicians. Since 1968, they rose to prominence as precursors of hard rock and heavy metal with their distinctive sound. Moreover, Zeppelin still has an audience in today’s world with its classic hits.
Even though the fans would love to hear new music from Led Zeppelin today, the band disbanded following the death of their drummer John Bonham in 1980. However, they continued to delight their fans’ ears with occasional live performances and collaborations. Especially their reunion for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert in 2007 was the source of speculations about a possible union.
However, Robert Plant closed the doors for the possibility of a Led Zeppelin reunion in many statements. In fact, the musician even refused $14 million for a reunion despite Jimmy Page’s eagerness. Let’s learn about that incident that drove Page crazy.
Robert Plant Turned Down $14 Million Offer To Reunite For Desert Trip Festival And Drove Jimmy Page Mad
Back in 2016, Led Zeppelin made the headlines for their refusal of playing at the Desert Trip Festival. It turned out that the one that refused the offer was Robert Plant who did not want any kind of reunion with Led Zeppelin. In fact, he also refused an $800 million worth contract for a reunion tour before, so it came out as no surprise for most of their fans.
Desert Trip Festival, or ‘Oldchella’ as fans call it, was going to feature some iconic rock acts of that time such as The Rolling Stones, Paul McCartney, Bob Dylan, Neil Young, The Who, and Roger Waters. If Robert Plant did not refuse the offer, the lineup would also include Led Zeppelin.
Following Led Zeppelin’s Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at the O2 Arena, the fans were dying to see a Led Zeppelin reunion. According to Showbiz 411, Jimmy Page was also quite eager to play together again, and he really wanted to do the Desert Trip concerts. So, it was understandable that he went crazy after Plant’s refusal.
Showbiz 411 columnist Roger Friedman stated that:
“My sources say that Jimmy Page was all for it, but Robert Plant wouldn’t agree to any kind of reunion. ‘Jimmy went crazy,’ one source told me. ‘He really wanted to do it.’“
Apart from his numerous claims stating he won’t ever be a part of a reunion, this incident is also another sign that Robert Plant was really determined to not come back on stage with Led Zeppelin again.