According to David Saltzman of the Robin Hood Foundation, movie executive Harvey Weinstein came up with the scheme: “Weinstein had this great idea that we could enlist Bill Clinton to convince Led Zeppelin to reunite to perform at the 12-12-12 concert.”
But when Clinton approached the “Stairway to Heaven” musicians, who were being recognized at the Kennedy Center Honors last year, the answer was a big, fat no. “Bill Clinton himself asked Led Zeppelin to reunite, and they wouldn’t do it,” recalls Saltzman.
All wasn’t lost though. On the way back from the dud of a mission, Saltzman says he bumped into Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in the airport and he agreed to rock out with his band at the star-studded charity concert.