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Lita Ford Says Robert Plant Once Asked Her to Join Led Zeppelin
By: Gary Graff

Did Led Zeppelin consider having a woman in the band during the 70s? That's what former Runaways guitarist Lita Ford contends.

Ford tells Bravewords that after Robert Plant and Jimmy Page came to see a Runaways show at the Starwood in Los Angeles, the singer approached her with a proposition:

"They came upstairs and went back to the dressing room. They shook everyone's hands and a huge crowd gathered around us, and we took photographs. Robert Plant says to me, 'You're really good on guitar. Would you like to play bass for Led Zeppelin?' I thought, 'Yeah, right.' I shook it off like it was a joke, but I don't think he was joking. I didn't even try to pursue that one. I love John Paul Jones -- he's one of my favorite bass players. I just couldn't imagine me replacing him. But the fact that they thought about a female in their band was pretty cool."

We're skeptical, too, although it is known that Plant and Page did find Jones, who spent a great deal of offstage time away from the rest of the band, hard to deal with.

Ford is in the midst of writing an autobiography and is planning to release a live album, and she's hoping for a Runaways reunion -- though she says the latter is up to fellow guitarist Joan Jett.

"It's now or never," Ford says. "I would love it, but...I can't get a yes or no out of Joan, so I've kind of thrown in the towel...The ball is in (Jett's) camp. It's up to them."

CLICK HERE to learn out more about Gary Graff and his award-winning music journalism including the books he has written on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.

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