Scotsman.com is reporting that LED ZEPPELIN's former members have defended a decision to pull out of the Live Aid DVD which is being released by Sir Bob Geldof to raise money for Sudan.

The remaining members of the rock group have refused to allow what they called their "sub-standard" 1985 performance to be included in the movie.

Sir Bob is hoping to sell eight million copies of the DVD and raise as much as £320 million for famine relief in Africa.

ZEPPELIN's three surviving members, singer Robert Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist John Paul Jones, today said they fully supported the fundraising project, but that they considered their performance in Philadelphia to be "sub-standard."

They have pledged part of the proceeds from their forthcoming Page and Plant DVD, which is being released in October, to the charity campaign instead.

In a statement released today, the remaining members of ZEPPELIN said: "Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones are in absolute full support of the fundraising project for the people of Sudan.

"However, Jimmy, Robert and John Paul found that both the sound and general reproduction of their performance at Live Aid Philadelphia was sub-standard.

"To show their ongoing support Jimmy and Robert have therefore pledged proceeds from their forthcoming Page and Plant DVD release to the campaign.

"John Paul Jones will be donating the proceeds of his current U.S. Tour with MUTUAL ADMIRATION SOCIETY to the project."


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