Fans far and wide marveled at the recent reports of former Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant ripping up an $800 million contract for a reunion tour with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones. The proposed deal was allegedly bankrolled by Virgin founder Richard Branson, but Plant's publicist quickly denied the claims after the story began to garner attention.
The publicist's statement on behalf of Plant was that the whole thing was "rubbish," The Guardian reported. Now all we are left with is a fictional story from the Daily Mirror about how Page, Jones and original drummer John Bonham's son Jason all signed on to do a 35-date tour for major money, and Plant ripped the document up in front of the promoters. To sweeten the deal, Branson even reportedly offered to rename one of his jets "The Starship," in reference to the band's old private plane, to take the musicians to different venues.
The Daily Mirror's source painted quite a picture, but it was all just a fairy tale for fans who continue to long for a Led Zep reunion.
Page was quite cordial the last time he spoke about the possibility of getting the band back together, opting to not point a finger at anyone in particular.
"I don't think it looks as though that's on the cards, so there's not much more I can say about that," he said, Rolling Stone reported. "I'm not going to give you a detail-by-detail account of what one person says and another person says. All I can say is it just doesn't look very likely."
A month later, Page shed some light on why Led Zep did not reform after Bonham's death in 1980, saying, "Led Zeppelin was an affair of the heart. Each of the members was important to the sum total of what we were."