Drummer Jason Bonham (LED ZEPPELIN, UFO, FOREIGNER) — son of the late LED ZEPPELIN drummer John Bonham — was interviewed this morning (Monday, October 12) on the "Mark And Brian" show on the Southern California rock station 95.5 KLOS. The chat is available for streaming using the audio player below.
Bonham has scheduled the following "An Evening With Jason Bonham" dates in October:
Oct. 14 - Revolution Live - Ft. Lauderdale, FL
Oct. 15 - House of Blues - Orlando, FL
Oct. 16 - State Theatre - St. Petersburg, FL
Oct. 29 - Coach House - San Juan Capistrano, CA
Oct. 30 - The Canyon - Agoura Hills, CA
According to the LED ZEPPELIN fan site Lemon Squeezings, Bonham's band will consist of two guitarists: Ian Hatton, who played for the original BONHAM band (1989-1991) and took part in the post-BONHAM project named MOTHERLAND (1994); and Tony Catania, who played in the JASON BONHAM BAND (1995-1997). Two new recruits for the band are singer Kelly Keeling (BATON ROUGE, MICHAEL SCHENKER) and bassist Francesco DiCosmo. They'll be playing songs from LED ZEPPELIN and all of the other bands Jason has toured and recorded with, such as UFO and FOREIGNER, plus his own bands. Also featured on the setlist will be some songs that Robert Plant included on his first solo album. Bonham explained that he played on demo versions of Plant's "Like I've Never Been Gone" and "Burning Down on One Side". "I did all the demos for that," Bonham said. "I used to be picked up from school when I was, like, 13 [or] 14, just after Dad died. ... [I'd] go into Robert's house, and all the guys in the band would be there."
According to Classic Rock magazine, Bonham is doing these gigs by way of tribute to Daniel MacMaster, the Canadian frontman who sang on the two albums from BONHAM (1989's "The Disregard Of Timekeeping" and 1992's "Mad Hatter"). MacMaster died on March 16, 2008, from a Group A streptococcal infection. He was 39 years old.
Jason explained: "Tragically, Daniel passed away and I always regretted the fact that I didn't do more for him during his lifetime. Just like myself, Daniel struggled with his addictions so that's something I know all about.
"2009 is the 20th anniversary of 'The Disregard Of Timekeeping', so I [wanted] to pay tribute to what was a great period in all our lives. Whether anything new will come out of it, I don't know. It's all about having fun."
Jason Bonham interviewed on "Mark And Brian" show (click on player below to launch audio):