Simmons had £200m for Led Zep reunion
Celebration Day: Led Zep in 2007
Gene Simmons says he was given £200m to stage a Led Zeppelin reunion.
The Kiss mainman claims an unnamed promoter put the cash in a bank account and told him to use it to get Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones and Jason Bonham back together after their 2007 show in London.
Simmons tells the Sun: “In 2009 or 2010 I was given a few hundred million dollars in an account by a large concert promoter, and given the task of reaching out to Jimmy and Robert, trying to convince them to get back together.
“Of course, it didn’t work out – Robert just doesn’t want to do it.”
Meanwhile, Led Zeppelin have responded to fan complains about the soundtrack on 2007 concert movie Celebration Day, in cinemas now.
A band statement says: “We have been made aware that at some screenings of Celebration Day, there have been complaints that the sound is not loud enough.
“Omniverse, the film’s distributors have been working with local cinema chains to ensure that this issue is addressed urgently. However, it is a good idea to check with the cinema before the screening that they will be playing it loud!”
Drummer Bonham – who last week told Classic Rock of his frustration over Black Country Communion’s current status – has revealed he enjoyed Celebration Day so much he’s been back to see it incognito with a group of friends. “I went to my local cinema to take it all in,” he says, “and I was blown away with the reaction. It was a special night and it’s captured beautifully. I must buy a projector and big screen so I can enjoy it at home.”
Attendees at screenings in Glasgow have reported Scottish Led Zep fans enjoying the show so much that they stood up between tracks and shouted for their favourite song.