robertPlant Billionaire Richard Branson has slammed reports that he offered Led Zeppelin a $800M reunion contract.

He says the Mirror story-which claimed that frontman Robert Plant tore up the paperwork after the rest of the band had signed– is “completely untrue” and “fabricated.”

Branson writes on his blog:

“I spoke to Robert about the story, which he also confirmed is complete rubbish from his side too. Robert told me he’s very proud of his history and the band’s past, and has always had great respect and love for his work. However, he really believes he must move on with his life and career today. Making up this story is very disrespectful to how wonderful his career with the Sensational Shape Shifters is going.”

The Virgin tycoon says Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones also have “many exciting projects” in their futures, and insists each member of Led Zeppelin should be “respected in their own right.”

He finishes, “As Robert told me: ‘Look, Richard, I just do things because I love them and I want to do more new things that I love.’ I couldn’t agree more.”

In May Plant said he had no interest in returning to be part of the “circus” that Led Zep had become. Page recently appeared to accept there was no chance of a reunion, saying of his former colleague’s career: “It’s his journey, isn’t it?”

Led Zep are midway through the release of their remaster series. Plant launched latest solo album Lullaby And… The Ceaseless Roar earlier this year, while Page says he’s planning to record and tour in 2015.

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  • Lee on

    Okay Robert then drop the heavy Zeppelin ’14 set list and do the ’84 set in pajamas again. Snore.

    • Wiz on

      Well stated Lee. Love it.

    • yankee on

      Kind of have to agree. I’ve seen Robert on three of his tours since he ended the Page/Plant deal and there is always a good amount of Zeppelin in the show. If he truly doesn’t want anything to do with the band then just play your solo stuff for christsake. Having said that, I did love the versions of the Zep stuff he performs, always with damn good players.

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    • RTunes68 on

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    • elliot on

      I feel sadness for all the other real paul Stanley fans who won’t stumble across this post, as did I….another masterpiece!!! any chance we can get the real paul stanley as a guest on tms?

    • David C on

      Now that one was funny.

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      About The Real Paul guy, to be said in the voice of Foghorn Leghorn: “Loooooove that post!”

    • James K. on

      This guy cracks me up!

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      You people are easily entertained to like this crap!

    • RTunes68 on

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    • Joe in The Cuse on

      KISS is fun to joke about today. That is why everyone does it.,,,,,,But nobody has ever made fun of “KISS”.

  • Taskerofpuppets on

    He really has a rather large head, doesn’t he? He must truly be Scottish…”looks like an orange on a tootpick..”

  • Rick on

    And what the f does that ” real paul stanley” diatribe have to do with the Zeppelin story anyway?
    Other than complete nonsense….another one of many people with lots of words and absolutely nothing to contribute!

  • Rich C on

    Well I’m glad Richard Branson set the record straight and that there was no offer. It may have been a rumor started by a Zeppelin fan (or hater). Somehow it got into a British tabloid. In the end it not only misrepresented Branson but the surviving members of Led Zeppelin bringing an unnecessary news story and pit the surviving members on different sides.

    I remember a few years back when ABBA (yes ABBA) was offered $1 billion from a Sweedish billionaire to reunite and perform together and they collectively turned it down. For bands that long since disbanded it’s best to reunite on their terms and no one else’s.

    • elliot on

      methinks rick deserves a response/sermon from the real paul Stanley! all right!

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