Eight years after he started using the moniker Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, Bonham is being forced to change the name of the band by his father’s bandmates. Jason, who subbed for his late-father John Bonham during Led Zeppelin‘s 2007 reunion show, revealed during an interview with St. Louis’ KSHE 95, that Zeppelin plans to use the phrase “Led Zeppelin Experience” in a campaign marking the band’s 50th anniversary this year.
Jason explained, “They have plans for the terminology ‘Led Zeppelin Experience.’ I was like, ‘Um, okay, but I need to keep the logo, JBLZE. One, I have the tag on my car, and two, I have a huge backdrop that I paid for last year. For me it’s about the music. So the name of it — I just wanted to keep the logo. So I said, ‘I got it. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.’ I don’t know what they have planned, but I said, ‘Okay, I will clear the way so they can do what they wish.'”
- Jason Bonham admits says that living up to his father as a musician has been at points an unwinnable situation: [“When your father is ‘The MAN’ (laughs) as he’s known by every drummer; y’know, usually John Bonham’s in their list. You’ve got that to live up to. A lot of drummers have expectations of you, too — or they’re ready to criticize you. So, because I lost him at 14, I never went through the adolescent years of hating a father or going through that.”] SOUNDCUE (:22 OC: . . . going through that)
- Bonham, who lost his father when he was only 14-years- old, felt as though his whole life had been building up to drumming for Zeppelin on December 10th, 2007 in London: [“But for me, as I said, it was a huge, huge honor to play. And all I was concentrating on the night, ’cause I knew there was that many people there — I was just concentrating who was on the stage. I just wanted to impress my mates here, my dad’s friends.”] SOUNDCUE (:13 OC: . . . my dad’s friends)
- Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening will be on tour with Foreigner and Whitesnake this summer.