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.