May 7, 2013 12:25

Bill Clinton reveals failed attempt to reform Led Zeppelin in 2012

The former US president wanted the band to play a Hurricane Sandy benefit in New York

Bill Clinton reveals failed attempt to reform Led Zeppelin in 2012

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Former US president Bill Clinton has revealed that he tried and failed to get Led Zeppelin to reform in 2012.

According to a CBS, David Saltzman of the Robin Hood Foundation, which organised the Hurricane Sandy benefit concert in New York, said that he and the film executive Harvey Weinstein had flown to Washington DC to enlist Clinton's help in getting Led Zeppelin on the concert bill alongside The Who, Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones.

Clinton agreed to Saltzman and Weinberg's request and approached Led Zepplin band members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones in Washington at the Kennedy Center Honors gala, which took place days prior to the Hurricane Sandy benefit. However, the former President could not get the band up on the stage.

"Harvey Weinstein had this great idea that we could enlist Bill Clinton to convince Led Zeppelin to reunite," Saltzman said. "The President was terrific – 'I really wanna do this, this will be a fantastic thing, I love Led Zeppelin'. And Bill Clinton himself asked Led Zeppelin to reunite, and they wouldn’t do it."

Although Clinton couldn't get the band onstage, Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant recently hinted that he's open to a reunion of the band next year, saying his schedule is clear for 2014.

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