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Led Zeppelin Turned Down Bill Clinton’s Reunion Request

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Details of how so many A-list performers agreed to take the stage at Madison Square Garden for the 12-12-12 Superstorm Sandy relief concert last December are beginning to emerge, as is the name of one band who simply said no. Led Zeppelin turned down a chance to reunite for the cause, at the personal request of former president Bill Clinton. 

A recent episode of ‘60 Minutes‘ on CBS profiled the Robin Hood Foundation, the charity responsible for the quick turnaround of dozens of superstars to New York City. Executive Director David Saltzman credited his charities board of directors — including powerful entertainment insiders like Harvey Weinstein — with assembling so many in such a short period.

“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 says in the video below. Clinton loved the idea, and made plans to make the suggestion at the Kennedy Center Honors Ceremony that took place just weeks before 12-12-12. However, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones had no troubles turning down the offer.

“Bill Clinton himself asked Led Zeppelin to reunite and they wouldn’t do it,” Saltzman says with emphasis into the camera before continuing to focus on all who made the event a $50 million success. It’s doubtful the rock legends made any new fans in the New York City and New Jersey area with this news.

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