Led Zeppelin‘s 1995 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame came at a very awkward time for the band. The previous year Jimmy Page and Robert Plant reunited for a tour, but they failed to invite bassist John Paul Jones. He first learned about their plans when he read about them in a newspaper. At the podium to accept the award, Jones couldn’t resist a dig at his bandmates. “Thank you, my friends,” he said. “For finally remembering my phone number.”
Despite the tension, the group agreed to perform a three-song set that featured John Bonham’s son Jason Bonham on drums. They brought out Steven Tyler and Joe Perry for their opening number of “Bring It On Home,” and at the end Neil Young joined them for a sloppy, eight-minute rendition of “When the Levee Breaks.” Toward the end of the song Plant sings a bit of Buffalo Springfield’s “For What It’s Worth” as a tribute to Young. It was the last time that Zeppelin performed together until their 2007 reunion concert in London.
According to Jimmy McDonough’s Neil Young biography Shakey, the experience was so thrilling for Young that he briefly thought about recording a whole album with Zeppelin. Needless to say, that never happened. Page and Plant did agree to one more album and tour in 1998. John Paul Jones wasn’t invited to be a part of that, either.