“[He] asked me if I could play bass,” she recounts. “‘For who?’ I asked. ‘Led Zep.’ He might have been drinking or pulling my leg, but he seemed to be dead serious in the moment.”
Ford never heard back from Plant, but as the New York Post notes, Jones briefly left Zeppelin around that time.
Ford also discussed Plant’s offered in a 2013 interview with Bravewords, “I shook it off like it was a joke, but I don’t think he was joking. I said, ‘Yeah sure, right,’ and left it at that. 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 I thought was pretty cool.”
Below, hear Ford’s cover Zeppelin’s “Rock and Roll” for a 1997 tribute album.