Jimmy Page’s former manager Peter Mensch described in an on-stage interview what the meeting was like where Led Zeppelin agreed to reunite in 2007 for a single show to celebrate the life of Atlantic Records cofounder Ahmet Ertegun.
Billboard reports that Mensch spoke at the International Live Music Conference in London earlier in March and was interviewed on stage by Dan Steinberg.
Mensch described working with Jimmy Page and the meeting in which Led Zeppelin’s 2007 reunion was agreed:
“[Jimmy Page] fired me. I fired him. [First time] was around 2006. I had lunch with him and we met for lunch every other month. He’s a nice man. In 2007 he said, ‘Okay, you can manage me, but you’ve got to come to Led Zeppelin meetings. We have these quarterly Led Zeppelin meetings.’ There was an agenda, like a proper business meeting, and the fifth item on there brought up by Bill Curbishley, who was managing Robert Plant at the time, was that [legendary Atlantic Records co-founder] Ahmet Ertegun had died. Bill Curbishley said we should play a memorial concert for him. I’m on the job for two hours and all of a sudden Bill Curbishley wants [Led Zeppelin] to play a concert. And by the end of the meeting we had agreed to play a tribute concert.”
Then as it was.
Remember watching this interview when it originally came out. Just look at the (bad) body language…and general uneasiness. So sad after all these years.