Steve Appleford of LA Weekly recently conducted an interview with Jason Bonham, son of legendary LED ZEPPELIN drummer John Bonham. An excerpt from the chat follows below.
LA Weekly: A lot of people still see ZEPPELIN as a dark, dangerous group.
Jason: They are the most normal bunch of guys you could be around. At one point we were in rehearsal [for the 2007 reunion show], and this old lady turned up with sandwiches: "Robert, here you are, I put an extra pickle on for you ... Jimmy, yours are here; John, here's your salad.' When we took a break, everyone would take a section of the newspaper and read. And I'm going, 'Where's the debauchery? Where's the upside down crosses and naked girls and sacrificial tables with virgins on them?' But, boy, when they played ... The key to me pulling off the gig was that all I was only looking for was the reassurance from the three guys on stage. I didn't care that anyone else was in the audience.
LA Weekly: Why didn't Robert Plant want to tour after the London reunion?
Jason: Robert always expressed to me: "Jason, you know I love you, I loved your dad, and I know how great you are as a player. And on the night, you were great. But to me LED ZEPPELIN's John, not Jason." Although it would benefit me to go do it, I also agree with what he says. I understand.
LA Weekly: After that, you were working on new music with Page and Jones. What did it sound like?
Jason: Yes, but as a separate entity. I don't think it was ever going to be LED ZEPPELIN. Some cool riff-based stuff, some acoustic stuff. I think Jimmy is still working on that stuff now. I look forward to hearing that. Jimmy was playing amazingly.
LA Weekly: Are you still in touch?
Jason: I speak to Robert quite a lot. I'm talking to them as an adult now, talking about grown up things and music. As much as I was disappointed that it didn't continue on, I feel blessed that I got to live in that short time and be the most famous drummer on the planet for a few weeks.
Read the entire interview from LA Weekly.