​Robert Plant Rips Contract to Avoid Led Zeppelin Tour

​Robert Plant Rips Contract to Avoid Led Zeppelin Tour

Zeppelin a final-tour guarantee of $800 million.

Plant didn’t want anything to do with it, which stunned a group of promoters, according to music times.com. The guarantee would be split among the each individual in the band. However, Drummer Jason Bonham, who has previously filled in for his late father on drums, was to earn a set salary.

A source described Robert Plant as a man set in his ways. Everyone else signed their part of the contract and were ready to tour. But they didn’t expect the legendary frontman to react the way he did.

“They have tried to talk him round but there is no chance … His mind is made up, and that’s that. Jimmy, John and Jason signed up immediately … It was a no-brainer for them but Robert asked for 48 hours to think about it. When he said no and ripped up the paperwork he had been given, there was an enormous sense of shock. They have tried to talk him round, but there is no chance … His mind is made up, and that’s that.”

Branson was reportedly even willing to rename one of his jets “The Starship” in order to fly Led Zeppelin to venues on this now-scuttled tour, according to Jam Base.

Led Zeppelin hasn’t performed together since 2007, in a show that was later released as “Celebration Day.” Robert Plant recently released a solo album, and then hit the road for separate dates. Page, meanwhile, has continued an ambitious Led Zeppelin re-issue campaign.

The offer included 35 dates in three locations: London, Berlin and New Jersey. The band would have gotten a nice chunk of the merchandise profits, and there was even an option in place to do 45 additional shows among five venues.

After Page said he was ready to perform with Zeppelin again in May, Plant countered by shutting the idea down. Page told Uncut that he is disappointed and baffled.

“I feel for the guy … He knows he’s got the headlines if he wants them. But I don’t know what he’s trying to do. So I feel slightly disappointed and baffled.”

Initially dubbed the “New Yardbirds” in 1968, the band soon came to be known as Led Zeppelin. The band’s eponymous debut album hit the charts in 1969 and is widely credited as a catalyst for the heavy metal genre. Robert Plant has commented that it is unfair for people to think of Zeppelin as heavy metal, as almost a third of their music was acoustic.

Some people think that the frontman doesn’t want to tour because of what happened in July 1977. In that year, his son Karac died at age five of a stomach infection while Plant was engaged on Led Zeppelin’s concert tour of the United States. It was a devastating loss for the family.

Plant retreated to his home in the Midlands and for months afterward he questioned his future. Karac’s death later inspired him to write two songs in tribute: “All My Love” featured on Led Zeppelin’s final studio album, 1979’s “In Through the Out Door” and “Blue Train” featured on Page and Plant’s second and final (studio) album, 1998’s “Walking into Clarksdale.”

Robert Plant is also known for his light-hearted, humorous and unusual on-stage banter, often referred to as “plantations”. Plant often discusses the origin and background of the songs during his shows, and sometimes provides social comment as well. The news that Led Zeppelin won’t be touring is disappointing, but the road is hard and at his age, he probably thought long about it and decided he doesn’t need it.

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