Jason Bonham dedicated a cover version of the LED ZEPPELIN classic "Stairway To Heaven" to Eddie Money during JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING's September 13 concert at Madison Square Garden in New York City as the support act for Peter Frampton. Fan-filmed video footage can be seen below.
A representative for Eddie Money confirmed to People that the legendary rocker died on Friday of complications from a recent heart valve replacement surgery. He was 70 years old.
Money revealed his stage 4 esophageal cancer diagnosis last month. He received the diagnosis last fall while taping the second season of his popular reality series "Real Money", which he and his wife, Laurie, executive produced.
Bonham spent nearly a decade touring as JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE before changing the band's name to JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING. Bonham later explained that the switch was prompted by a request from the LED ZEPPELIN camp, who wanted to use the "Experience" name for a project involving the archive of ZEP live recordings.
JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE was formed in 2009 to pay tribute to Bonham's father, legendary LED ZEPPELIN drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980 at the age of 32. "It was meant to be part of my way of expressing my love for music and expressing myself with a tip of the hat to my father," Jason told Mixdown in a 2017 interview. "Soon after doing the 28 shows that we did with an orchestra, everyone said, 'You're not going to stop now, are you? You haven't been here, you haven't played there…' And so I said, 'As long as you guys want me to do it, I'll do it.' It's really fan-based. It's not us and them; it's about love for LED ZEPPELIN, and that's how it's grown, as a very honest, natural, fan-based show. You guys all knew him as Bonzo; I knew him as dad, and there's a great interaction."