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Bill Clinton meets his match in Led Zeppelin

Robert Plant performed in 2011.

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Robert Plant performed in 2011.

Bill Clinton may have brokered an Irish peace deal and bridged warring parties in the Mideast — but his negotiation skills are apparently no match for the irascibility and fractiousness of aging British rockers. The surviving members of Led Zeppelin reportedly rebuffed a direct request from the 42nd president himself to perform at a charity concert in December.

The band broke up after the death of drummer John Bonham in 1980. The remaining members — Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, and John Paul Jones — have resisted most pleas to reunite since then, although they did perform together for one concert in 2007, with Bonham’s son on drums.

Like the Beatles, Led Zeppelin’s breakup has probably enhanced the group’s allure, since fans never had to endure the sight of the band croaking out all the old tunes on endless farewell tours. Nonetheless, fans continue to yearn for a reunion. Next time, try sending Jimmy Carter.

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