Reports of Led Zeppelin ‘ripping up £500m offer to reform’ dismissed as ‘rubbish’

Robert Plant publicist refutes tabloid reports

Reports that Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant turned down an offer of £500 million to reform the legendary group have been dismissed as “rubbish” by a source close to the band.

Reports surfacing yesterday (November 10) claimed that Sir Richard Branson had proposed the fee for a series of 35 live dates to take place in three cities.

However, speaking to The Guardian, Robert Plant’s publicist refuted the claims and dismissed the report as “rubbish”.

Led Zeppelin recently reissued versions of both ‘IV’ and ‘Houses Of The Holy’ remastered by Jimmy Page. Both entered the Official UK Album Chart in the Top Ten.

Meanwhile, Led Zeppelin‘s efforts to have a court case based around claims the band plagiarised ‘Stairway To Heaven’ dismissed have been rejected by a judge in America. The case was brought against the band by lawyer Francis Malofiy stating that his client – the late Randy California, who played guitar in Spirit – should be given a writing credit on the track ‘Stairway To Heaven’ as it resembles Spirit’s 1968 song ‘Taurus’. The two bands toured together in 1968 and 1969.

District Court Judge Juan Sanchez denied the motion to dismiss without prejudice, however lawyers working for Led Zeppelin can appeal again. Jimmy Page previously labelled claims that Led Zeppelin plagiarised the song as “ridiculous”.