It appears that there's been something of a communication breakdown surrounding the concept of a long-awaited Led Zeppelin reunion. The Daily Mirror published a story on Saturday stating that Virgin Records founder Richard Branson -- the tycoon who famously has a whole lotta love for the band -- had offered the rockers $800 million to embark on a 35-show tour of three cities but that Plant single-handedly scuttled the deal.
A publicist for Plant denied the rumor on Monday, saying that the idea that it was nobody's fault but his was "rubbish" and that Plant had taken no such Achilles last stand, according to the Guardian.
The Daily Mirror article claimed that band founders Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Plant would have each taken home a cool $300 million before taxes, but a "band source" said that Plant refused to go along with the plan and that his “mind is made up and that’s that.”
The "band source" was not identified in the Daily Mirror's piece, but the paper went on to quote him or her about the details of the supposed proposal by Branson and the way it ended up being trampled under foot.
“Jimmy, John and Jason signed up immediately," the source said, according to the report. "It was a no-brainer for them, but Robert asked for 48 hours to think about it. When he said no and ripped up the paperwork he had been given, there was an enormous sense of shock."
The Daily Mirror story came as an unwelcome blow for fans who have long hoped for a Led Zeppelin reunion tour, dreaming that one day they would bring it on home.