The bassist was allegedly handed the money by a promoter to use to tempt surviving members, Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, to reunite and tour.
Simmons told The Sun: “In 2009/10 I was given a few hundred million dollars in an account by a large concert promoter and given the task of reaching out to Jimmy and Robert and trying to convince them to get back together.”
The tongue-wangling bassist was told to use his connections with the band to get them back together following their 2007’s London O2 gig, but he failed in his task to reunite the legendary group as “Robert just doesn’t want to do it”.
Led Zeppelin released Celebration Day, a concert film shot at the band’s 2007 reunion gig at London’s 02 Arena, in cinemas last week. The film will get a general DVD release on November 19. A deluxe edition will also include footage of the Shepperton rehearsals, as well as BBC news footage. See a new trailer for the film by clicking below.