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Richard Branson denies offering Led Zeppelin £500 million to reform

By | Published on Thursday 13 November 2014

Richard Branson

Richard Branson has commented on that fairly dubious story earlier this week that he’d offered Led Zeppelin £500 million to play 35 reunion shows.

As previously reported, The Mirror claimed earlier this week that Branson had made the outlandish offer with the plan of funding it by flying the band around the world in one of his jumbo jets, charging fans £100,000 a seat to travel along with them. This plan, so the story goes, had collapsed when Robert Plant refused to join in.

Writing on the Virgin website, Branson said: “I’ve been left dazed and confused by a story doing the rounds this week about us apparently offering Led Zeppelin £500 million to reform and carry out a tour. As much as I love the band, there is absolutely no truth to the story”.

He added: “I spoke to Robert Plant about the story, which he also confirmed is complete rubbish from his side too. Robert told me he is very proud of his history and the band’s past, and has always had great respect and love for his work throughout his career. However, he really believes he must move on with his life and career today”.

As previously reported, in the last iteration of this Chinese whispers-style rumour, it was Gene Simmons who was handing out the hundreds of millions on behalf of a mystery promoter. Join us again in six months to hear about how Jay-Z has offered £1 billion and will replace Robert Plant on a tour of space.