LED ZEPPELIN Bassist 'Disowns' Road Manager After Biographies

According to PR-Inside.com, John Paul Jones has disowned LED ZEPPELIN's one-time road manager after his former friend sold the legendary band's secrets to two biographers.

Richard Cole toured with LED ZEPPELIN throughout the group's late 1960s/'70s heyday, and went on to become the primary source for author Stephen Davis' landmark 1985 account of the band's excesses on the road, "Hammer Of The Gods".

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When Jones later asked him why he'd exaggerated the group's bad behavior for the book, Cole explained that he'd been a drug addict who needed the money — so the rocker forgave him. But Jones has now vowed never to talk to Cole again after he went behind the bandmates' backs for a second time — for his own 2002 book, "Stairway To Heaven: Led Zeppelin Uncensored".

Jones says, "I saw Richard after that book ('Hammer Of The Gods'), and he'd cleaned up and said he did it for the money. I went, 'OK,' because I knew him from before the band so we made our peace.

"And then another book came out, 'Stairway To Heaven', which made Bonzo (drummer John Bonham) look such a monster. I've never spoken to him again."

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LED ZEPPELIN reunited for a special one-off concert on Monday at London's O2 Arena.