It’s a diplomatic failure at the highest level: Bill Clinton couldn’t get Led Zeppelin to reunite. The CBS ‘‘60 Minutes Overtime’’ webcast reported Monday that the former president was enlisted to ask the British rock gods to get back together last year for the Superstorm Sandy benefit concert in New York. He asked, they said no. David Saltzman of the Robin Hood Foundation says he and film executive Harvey Weinstein flew to Washington to ask Clinton to make the plea. Led Zeppelin’s surviving members Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, and Jimmy Page were in Washington just before the Sandy concert for the Kennedy Center Honors. Led Zeppelin last played publicly in London in 2007.
The Queen yells for quiet
A troupe of street drummers got a shock when Helen Mirren, dressed as Queen Elizabeth II, emerged from a London theater to berate them for disrupting her show. Mirren is starring in ‘‘The Audience,’’ a drama about the weekly meetings between the queen and Britain’s prime ministers over her 60-year reign. Outside noise became too much for the actress to bear during Saturday’s performance. Mirren acknowledged to the Daily Telegraph newspaper that she used less-than-royal language in her rant. ‘‘I’m afraid there were a few ‘thespian’ words used,’’ Mirren was quoted as saying. ‘‘They got a very stern royal ticking off but I have to say they were very sweet and they stopped immediately.”
‘Cops’ moving to Spike
The ‘‘bad boys’’ are on the move. The Saturday night television fixture ‘‘Cops’’ is leaving Fox after 25 years and will be shown on the Spike network. The cable network aimed at young male viewers said it will begin airing the action documentary series in September. The move isn’t really a surprise. Fox had cut down on the number of episodes ordered this season and frequently preempted the show for football games or ultimate fighting matches, which drew higher ratings.
“And you know what I’ve been performing through the last week? ROTA virus. Look it up.” — Pink, on her website, explaining to some angry fans why she canceled a show in Birmingham, England.