Quoted: Bill Clinton’s failed mission to reunite Led Zeppelin

May 6, 2013

“Harvey Weinstein had this great idea that we could enlist Bill Clinton to convince Led Zeppelin to reunite. . . 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.”

Bill Clinton attempts a bit of diplomacy with Led Zeppelin’s John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page, right, at a State Department dinner for Kennedy Center honorees in December 2012. Fellow honoree Buddy Guy is at left. (Sarah L. Voisin / The Washington Post)

– David Saltzman, executive director of the Robin Hood Foundation, on a “60 Minutes” webcast, explaining the failed diplomatic machinations to recruit the legendary disbanded British rockers for the 12-12-12 concert at Madison Square Garden – which, even without Led Zep, raised $50 million to benefit victims of Hurricane Sandy. Clinton apparently approached Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones when all three were in D.C. last December for the Kennedy Center Honors. Nice try; obviously, they should have sent Bill Richardson instead.

Earlier: Led Zeppelin listened to each other and found rock-and-roll’s most magical formula, 11/30/12

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