Bill Clinton Tried to Broker Led Zeppelin Reunion

Couldn't get the band back together for benefit concert

By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff

Posted May 6, 2013 2:22 PM CDT

(Newser) – Bill Clinton may have both Southern charm and years of high-level diplomatic experience on his side, but even he could not convince Led Zeppelin to reunite. He asked the band to get back together and perform at last year's Superstorm Sandy benefit concert in New York, and was roundly rebuffed, the CBS 60 Minutes Overtime webcast reported today.

Who did have some success in the whole attempt? Film exec Harvey Weinstein, who flew to DC to ask Clinton to approach the band, the AP reports. Led Zeppelin last played together publicly in 2007, but surviving members Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and Jimmy Page did see fit to appear together just 10 days before the December concert; they were awarded Kennedy Center Honors.

Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the 20th anniversary of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, Monday, April 29, 2013.
Former President Bill Clinton speaks at the 20th anniversary of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, Monday, April 29, 2013.   (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
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