November 13, 2014

Contrary to reports earlier in the week… that rumored $800 million reunion offer for a Led Zeppelin tour was a complete lie — with both Robert Plant and British mogul Richard Branson issuing denials.


The Associated Press posted a comment from Plant regarding the supposed offer, stating that he “has not been in receipt of any offers in recent months” about Led Zeppelin gigs, and hasn’t met or communicated with Branson in 50 years. Plant added he was “disappointed with any confusion this current fabricated story may bring.”

Richard Branson posted on his Virgin.com website his thoughts about the recent rumor, which reads in part: 

“I’ve been left dazed and confused by a story doing the rounds this week about us apparently offering Led Zeppelin 500 million (pounds) to reform and carry out a tour. As much as I love the band, there is absolutely no truth to the story. There were even claims that Virgin Atlantic was about to rename one of our planes and include a stairway to heaven in honor of the band. However nice an idea, this is also completely untrue. After a week of seeing worryingly inaccurate reports in various publications regarding Virgin, it was sad but not particularly surprising to see yet another fabricated story.

I spoke to Robert Plant about the story, which he also confirmed is complete rubbish from his side too. Robert told me he is very proud of his history and the band’s past, and has always had great respect and love for his work throughout his career. However, he really believes he must move on with his life and career today.

Making up this story is very disrespectful to how wonderful his solo career with the Sensational Space Shifters is going. He is setting out on a sold out tour today and they released a brilliant album last year.

Fellow band members Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones also have many exciting projects in the works and should be respected in their own right.”

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