Led Zeppelin Declined Offer to Perform Charity
Led Zeppelin were asked by ex-US president Bill
Clinton to reunite once again last year in order to perform at the
12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy Benefit Concert, but he was unable to talk
the remaining members of Robert Plant,
Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones
Clinton, who served as the 42nd President of the United States
from 1993 - 2001, met the band while at their Kennedy Center Honors
celebration at the White House in December of last year.
During the event president Barack Obama had thanked and praised
the rock godfathers for "making us all feel young" after
last year's release of live DVD 'Celebration Day,' recorded in
David Saltzman of the Robin
Hood Foundation recently explained to US TV show 60 Minutes
that he and Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein had a plan to
bring about a Led Zep performance.
"There were two bands that we were desperate to
recruit. One was The Rolling Stones, the other
was Led Zeppelin. [Film executive] Harvey
Weinstein had this great idea that we could enlist Bill
Clinton to convince Led Zeppelin to reunite, to
perform at the 12-12-12 concert."
"So, Harvey & I got on a plane and flew down to Washington
to meet with President Clinton, who was going to be seeing the
members of Led Zeppelin, who were being honored at the Kennedy
Center. And, you know, the President was terrific. [He said]
'I really want to do this; this would be a fantastic thing. I
love Led Zeppelin.' AndBill Clinton himself
asked Led Zeppelin to reunite and they wouldn't do
The Rolling Stones headlined the event
alongside a host of major artists including Bruce
Springsteen & the E Street Band, Bon
Jovi, Eric Clapton, Paul
McCartney, Billy Joel and others.
The 12-12-12 event at Madison Square Garden raised $50 million
to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy.