Robert Plant says no to Led Zeppelin world tour and £100m
By Sean Hamilton Showbiz Editor Sean.Hamilton@Sundaymirror.Co.Uk 2/03/2008
Robert Plant (SM)Robert Plant has turned down an extra £100million fortune to take Led Zeppelin on a world tour.
The rock legend wants to concentrate on his new partnership with US country singer Alison Krauss... spelling the likely end of the famous band.
Led Zep fans had been longing for a tour announcement since last year - when the 1970s superstars reformed for a one-off show at London's O2 Arena.
Surviving members Plant, Robert Page and John Paul Jones were offered a guaranteed £100m each for a tour of North America and Europe after a million fans applied for O2 tickets.
But after extensive talks Led Zep - best known for the song Stairway To Heaven - decided against the moneymaking opportunity.
Guitarist Jimmy Page, 64, was keen to do the tour this year and was backed by bass player John Paul, 62.
But singer Plant, 59 - already worth an estimated £70million - wants to concentrate on his new success with US country singer Krauss. The pair's duet album Raising Sand went to No 2 in America and Britain and they are starting their own tour in April.
A band source said: "Despite the enormous offer, the decision did not come down to money. They always said they would do the one-off show and then see how they felt.
"Jimmy had enjoyed the concert in December enough to want to tour. He argued they still had something to offer. He likes the idea of another chapter in the band - the grown-up tour.
"John sided with Jimmy. He loved making music with the others again.
"But Robert wanted to leave last year's concert as their legacy. They had proved they could still do it and that was enough."He has other commitments and is happier looking forward to those. Robert put the mockers on the tour.