JASON BONHAM: 'It Is Hard To Have Your Own Identity When You Dad Is JOHN BONHAM Of LED ZEPPELIN

October 19, 2010

Ross Raihala of PioneerPress.com recently conducted an interview with drummer Jason Bonham about JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE — which celebrates the life and music of Jason's father, the legendary LED ZEPPELIN drummer John Bonham. A couple of excerpts from the chat follow below.

On the show's multi-media aspects:

"I center the concert around archival footage. Some of it shows dad as a child, where we're from, what our home life was like. My mom went through all this footage. She has tons and tons of stuff that she's never let out before. I hadn't seen some of this stuff myself. You see my dad as a prankster and a joker. The fans love it. And at one point, I play 'Moby Dick' with my dad. We split the screens and we play together. It's a bit strange. Now, I'm the 44-year-old playing with my 20-year-old dad."

On living with his father's legacy:

"It is hard to have your own identity when you dad is John Bonham of LED ZEPPELIN, but I accept and love the fact of who my dad is. I understand that my dad is the greatest, I just try to play to the best of my ability."

On the possibility of playing with LED ZEPPELIN again:

"If you had asked me in 2005, when I had just joined FOREIGNER, that I would leave the band in 2007 to play with LED ZEPPELIN, I would have said you're nuts. When Ahmet [Ertegun, founder of Atlantic Records] passed away, I had a feeling they were going to do something and they did. I don't know if it will happen again. I had a great time with them. It was one of the greatest feelings in the world to be in that seat."

Read the entire interview from PioneerPress.com.

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