There’s certainly a pessimistic way to interpret this story: According to a feature on CBS’ “60 Minutes Overtime” with the Robin Hood Foundation’s David Saltzman, Bill Clinton asked Led Zeppelin to play at the celebrity-studded 12-12-12 Hurricane Sandy relief concert, but the band declined. Bill Clinton, who got Yasser Arafat and Benjamin Netanyahu to meet in Maryland, could not get Plant, Page, Jones, and a Bonzo replacement together for Sandy relief.
Bill Clinton. Bill. Fugging. Clinton.
Saltzman, who tapped Paul McCartney, Bruce Springsteen, and the Rolling Stones for the $50 million fundraiser, flew down to Washington with Harvey Weinstein to nudge Clinton into asking the surviving members of the band at a Kennedy Center Honors concert. According to Saltzman, Clinton was all for it. “I really wanna do this. This would be a fantastic thing. I love Led Zeppelin,” Saltzman recalled in his best Arkansas drawl.
Led Zeppelin, however, did not go for the idea. And while the story might make fans want to listen to “The Rain Song” on repeat while committing seppuku, there is a sliver of optimism: Led Zeppelin and Bill Clinton hung out. We don’t know what it looked like, and we don’t know what they talked about, but maybe, just maybe they discussed the possibility of adding a sax player. Like this: