Ronnie Wood Says He Turned Down Led Zeppelin Gig
“Peter Grant, who used to manage myself and Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart and Mickey Waller and Nicky Hopkins back in the good old days,” Wood said, according to the Belfast Telegraph, “he was behind a band that was going to be called The New Yard Birds, which I had an offer to join.”
“And I said, ‘I can’t join that bunch of farmers.’ Anyway, they turned out to be Led Zeppelin, he managed them as well.”
Jimmy Page was part of the transition from the Yard Birds to the band that would eventually be called Led Zeppelin, so if Wood had taken Grant up on his offer, he’d have been the band’s second guitarist. The Rolling Stones were already humming along at that time, and Wood didn’t join that legendary rock band until 1975, about seven years after this offer.