Wednesday, February 15, 2012


Ronnie Wood
The Rolling Stones’ Ronnie Wood has claimed that he turned down the chance to join Led Zeppelin.

Speaking on his U.K. Absolute Radio show, the guitarist said that his old manager Peter Grant sounded him out about joining the group when they were still known as The New Yardbirds. But Wood declined, as he thought they were a “bunch of farmers.”

“Peter Grant used to manage myself and Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart and Mickey Waller and Nicky Hopkins back in the good old days," Wood recalled. “[Peter] was behind a band that was going to be called The New Yardbirds.”

Wood added: “I had an offer to join, and I said 'I can't join that bunch of farmers'. Anyway, they eventually changed their name and turned out to be Led Zeppelin, and he managed them as well.”

The Rolling Stones are still on hiatus, but drummer Charlie Watts has talked up the chances of the band touring this year. With the band set to celebrate their 50th anniversary in April, Watts said: “It would be lovely to do some shows because it will be 50 years. Ronnie [Wood] plays, I still play, Mick sings, he can do it anyway, I think Keith is doing some records.”

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