According to The Pulse Of Radio, LED ZEPPELIN have reportedly turned down $14 million for two reunion performances at October's "Desert Trip" concerts in Indio, California. Showbiz411.com — the site that broke the news on the concerts — spoke to an insider that revealed that not only are all the headliners each receiving $14 million flat for their pair of weekend sets, but that ZEPPELIN was approached to reunite and once again, Jimmy Page said yes and Robert Plant chose to pass. The source claimed, "Jimmy went crazy. He really wanted to do it."
Also, although all the acts — including THE WHO, Bob Dylan, Roger Waters, and Neil Young — signed on as favored nations regarding their fee, sources suggest that both Paul McCartney and THE ROLLING STONES are earning more. It also seems that "Desert Trip" will be a yearly event, with STEELY DAN's Donald Fagen revealing to the Los Angeles Times that the band has already been approached for next year.
Robert Plant explained a while ago that people can't expect ZEPPELIN to reunite for no other reason than the fans want them to. "I want to do great, creative things and these guys are my buddies,” he said. "They're my friends, we're soul partners in a big chunk of our creative lives together. But, it's ever onward and it's not the be-all and end-all of everything, it's just what we love."
Robert Plant & THE SENSATIONAL SPACE SHIFTERS will next perform on July 1 in Werchter, Belgium.