The big music story yesterday was how Led Zeppelin refused a request from former President Bill Clinton himself to reunite for charity. Here's how it goes: The Robin Hood Foundation was the charity that put together the 12-12-12 benefit concert for superstorm Sandy relief, and now Executive Director David Saltzman is talking about how the show was put together.
He told TV's 60 Minutes, “Harvey Weinstein had this great idea that we could enlist Bill Clinton who could convince Led Zeppelin to reunite to perform at the 12-12-12 concert.” Saltzman continues, "And, you know, the President was terrific...he goes, ‘I really want to do this. This would be a fantastic thing. I love Led Zeppelin.’
And Bill Clinton himself asked Led Zeppelin to reunite.” So the former President approached Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones when they were together at the Kennedy Center Honors event in Washington shortly before the benefit, and they turned him down.
Now the media is trying to whip this up into a controversy. How dare Led Zeppelin say no to the event that drew the world's biggest stars including The Rolling Stones, Bruce Springsteen, Billy Joel, Paul McCartney and many more to raise 50 million dollars for storm victims! I for one am on the band's side. First of all, they hadn't played together for 5 years since their one and only reunion at the Ahmet Ertegun tribute show in 2007.
Second, if the band agreed to reform for this charitable enterprise, where would it end? The Beatles were offered millions of dollars to reunite for charity, but refused, and when asked why John Lennon said, "I am not going to get locked into that business of saving the world on stage.
There is no "one" concert...We would have to dedicate the rest of our lives to one world concert tour, and I'm not ready for it. Not in this lifetime, anyway." There are always groups trying to raise money for worthy causes. If Led Zeppelin ever decides to regroup it will most likely be after some serious, thoughtful discussion and contemplation among the surviving members, not on a spur of the moment request to be one of many bands lending a hand for a fundraiser.