The Stones’ Ronnie Wood Turned Down Led Zeppelin Offer?

Two of the biggest bands in rock n’ roll history – The Rolling Stones and Led Zeppelin – would have looked and sounded a lot different had bassist Ronnie Wood accepted a deal to join Led Zeppelin back in the day.

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Wood said on his U.K. Absolute Radio Show that his former manager informed him of a position available in this relatively new band at the time called The New Yardbirds (who would then go on to become Led Zeppelin).

Wood, as history would have it, declined the offer and both bands would eventually reach superstardom.

The Stones bassist said on his radio show:

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

No word yet on a Rolling Stones 50th Anniversary Tour for 2012, although we know that drummer Charlie Watts is all for it.

Watts said recently:

“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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