Led Zeppelin Reportedly Turned Down Invitation to Play Desert Trip FestivalPhoto by Danny Martindale/Getty Music News Led Zeppelin
In a bit of massive news for fans of classic rock, Goldenvoice, the promoters behind the already-legendary Desert Trip festival, reportedly tried to get Led Zeppelin to join the stacked bill. According to Roger Freidman’s Showbiz 411, the surviving members of Led Zeppelin turned down a gigantic sum of $14 million to play the festival. Showbiz 411 also reports that Jimmy Page “was all for it,” but frontman Robert Plant “wouldn’t agree to any kind of reunion.”
The Desert Trip festival, with a lineup including classic-rock luminaries such as The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Paul McCartney, Neil Young, Roger Waters and The Who, is currently scheduled for two weekends in October. As of now, the six bands will be the only acts playing the festival. Those six bands allegedly will receive $7 million each for their sets. Both weekends of the festival are completely sold out, but it appears Desert Trip will return in 2017, as Steely Dan’s Donald Fagen recently revealed the band may play next year’s festival.