Led Zeppelin Should Just Tour With a Robert Plant Hologram

Could be better than the real thing.

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$800 million is a heck of a lot of money. But not even that amount could convince Robert Plant to launch a Led Zeppelin reunion, according to reports out of the UK.

Virgin mogul and Led Zeppelin superfan Richard Branson had been quietly working on a deal to bring together the surviving members of Led Zeppelin — that’s Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones — with Jason Bonham (the drumming son of long-dead Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham) for a 35-night, three-city reunion tour, with stops in Germany, London and… New Jersey. But Plant reportedly tore up the $800 million contract in front of stunned promoters.

Page, Jones and Bonham were all said to be on board, but Plant just couldn’t be convinced to make the Led Zeppelin reunion a reality, much to the dismay of Led Zeppelin fans the world over.

But maybe this is all for the better. After all, who can forget the treacherous Led Zeppelin reunion performance at Live Aid in Philadelphia way back in 1985. Just watch:

And that was when Plant was in his 30s. Now 66, he’s well past his prime both vocally and otherwise.

If Branson really wants to make this Led Zeppelin reunion happen, there may be only one way to do it: a Robert Plant hologram. That may sound crazy, but the technology is available. And if Branson can get a man to space (well…), surely he can make a Robert Plant hologram-fronted Led Zeppelin reunion tour work.

But if not, New Jersey, don’t fret: You’ll always have Bruce Springsteen.

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