Led Zeppelin: Tribute Tour

Jason Bonham, son of deceased Led Zeppelin drummer John, is planning an audacious 30-date tour revisiting the songs of his father's band.

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Jason Bonham, son of deceased Led Zeppelin drummer John, is planning an audacious 30-date tour revisiting the songs of his father's band, accompanied by family photos, home movies and music from an as-yet unspecified tribute band.

In the wake of the latest rumours of a Led Zeppelin reunion being quashed, Bonham Jr looks set to get his own project on the road. This is more than just a cashing in on his father's memory - the drummer filled in for his father for the band's 2007 reunion concert at the O2 Arena.

Bonham told Blabbermouth, "I have always loved playing the music of Led Zeppelin and after such a great night back in 2007 at the O2 Arena, I took an opportunity to [begin work on] a very special show which would look at my life with the music of Led Zeppelin.

"Old photos, home movies and videos would help take you on a journey into my life from my earliest memories right up the O2 show."

Bonham also said that the North American tour would be designed to coincide with the 30th anniversary of his father's death, in September of this year.

The 43-year-old drummer has been among the loudest voices calling for a Led Zeppelin reunion tour, meeting consistent resistance to the idea from Robert Plant.

Thanks for the report to Spinner.com.

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    Minkaro
    Strat132 wrote: let the kid do what he wants, people need zeppelin and must experience the music. If he wants to spread the love he has for zep....more power to him
    Kid? He's 43!
    TheBadPlace
    Jesus_Dean wrote: Why do this? Let Zep stand for itself.
    What's the big deal? There's dozens of Zep tribute bands for people who'll never get a chance to see the real thing live, this one will just be (probably) better, (definitely) more "inside," and a lot more high profile. If they come near and the tickets are reasonable I'd probably go.
    Strat132
    let the kid do what he wants, people need zeppelin and must experience the music. If he wants to spread the love he has for zep....more power to him
    mbigcitynight
    Of course he desperetly wants the reunion to happen, He'll be the drummer, lol. does Robert have any Kids maybe he or she can do the vocals.....
    Bluesrocker5150
    I think Jason is a pretty good drummer and he is doing a disservice to himself by not finding some guys and starting an original band. We've all got the records to listen to and there are plenty of Zep tribute bands out there already. Zoso in particular goes pretty far in trying to give their fans the immersion that they are actually at a Led Zeppelin concert. Create something new Jason!
    Reaper-Man
    He's the son of the legend John Bonham! Let him live on through Jason! I'm all for this.
    dwightleach
    Awe man, this would be awesome to see live. Would be even sweeter with Page. I wonder if he'd play this tribute.
    gnrledzep4eva
    Even though nobody can replace the original members, I still think this is a cool idea and am definitely looking forward to it.
    b_flo
    Bonzo Jr. knows that his dad would want this. If it causes the band to get a reality check and reunite, so be it! If Plant doesn't want to be apart of it, then get Andrew Stockdale (Wolfmother) or Petter Ericson Stakee (Alberta Cross) to cover it. They have the young Robert Plant voice. Plant can't really sing some of those songs anymore.
    sixxarmy
    Hopefully Jimmy & JPJ will jump on board. Plant would be great too but it wont happen... nonetheless the others with Jason would be great 2 see. Ronnie Van Zant's brother pulled off the Skynyrd Tribute back in the 80s with the surviving members of the plane crash, so i'd imagine that it'd be equally successful. (also they ended up carrying on the legacy with him up until even today, so that's a thought to bear in mind too)
    nostr0tomas
    I have no problem with this because you know what, at least he's putting his talents to a good cost. Dweezil did the same for his father.. and well Wolfgang tried.... i dunno bout him lol... but still its good to honor the music that runs in their family. How many of you can say that's even a possibility?
    scottishmob
    I'm gonna get flamed for this but, whatever- I don't want a reunion for Led Zeppelin. I agree with Robert Plant- moving backward instead of forward makes no sense to me, and Jimmy Page should be content with letting corporations rape his songs in commercials that have nothing to do with their meaning (or hire Puff Daddy to rap over Kashmir) to add to his already huge fortune. Plant, clearly is not a sellout, but an arttist and man of integrity . (Puts up the biggest flame shield known to man)
    damskippy
    I saw him on drums with Jimmy Page on the Outrider tour years ago, he was ****ing amazing. They played Zep stuff, Deathwish soundtrack stuff as well as Outrider stuff. His father would be proud.
    llama_guitarist
    In a way, I'd like to see Cedric Bixler Savala of the Mars Volta try to sing for LZ. Might be interesting.
    theczar
    scottishmob wrote: I'm gonna get flamed for this but, whatever- I don't want a reunion for Led Zeppelin. I agree with Robert Plant- moving backward instead of forward makes no sense to me, and Jimmy Page should be content with letting corporations rape his songs in commercials that have nothing to do with their meaning (or hire Puff Daddy to rap over Kashmir) to add to his already huge fortune. Plant, clearly is not a sellout, but an arttist and man of integrity. (Puts up the biggest flame shield known to man)
    Well said
    obliviousibanez
    Jason Bonham is an idiot. Led Zeppelin isn't the most technical band in the world and their are plenty of musicians capable of playing each part. But Jason Bonham will pick a bunch of dipsh!ts and this reunion tour will sound bad. Referring to an earlier comment...Wolfmother's singer would be perfect.
    Hungry_Hameds
    lmccoy10 wrote: rockfreak611 wrote: Yet another **** you to Robert Plant. Seriously, if they really want a tour, drop Plant and get the singer from The Answer or the singer from Wolfmother. Plant's the only member that has been denying a reunion. Agree Completely. Every great band does a reunion. I mean I love John Bonham, but damn its a drummer. The Who go on without Keith Moon. Alice in Chains continue without Layne Staley. A reunion is not disrespectful to Bonham it honors him. Fuck this "Zep died when Bonzo died" Give me a break...
    I think you're right. Zep as a foursome died when Bonzo did, but that just meant there would be no NEW nusic from them, which was obviously a shame. But there's so many tribute acts out there anyway, if he wants to do it good for him for going about it the right way, hopefully the other 3 artists stepping in on vox, geet and bass/mandolin/keys/flute/nearly every instrument ever made... are up to it.
    TJM2482
    stndrdprcdre wrote: A purists worst nightmare. But pretty cool at the same time if you just take it for what it is....Bonzo's son getting a group together and playing some Zep tunes.
    eh I'm pretty sure if there's any "purists" out there, they should have stopped listening to Zeppelin in 1980. A purist would have even criticized Bonham's own son filling in for him
    TJM2482
    This seems like a pretty good idea. While Plant's off doing irrelevant BS nobody truly cares for, we'll be able to see Bonham's son lead a Zeppelin tribute band. And to be honest I'm glad, since Plant's garbage singing forced Zep to tune down all their songs for the O2 concert. Plus, these tickets won't be $250,000 or some wild s****
    asmiff
    rockfreak611 wrote: Yet another **** you to Robert Plant. Seriously, if they really want a tour, drop Plant and get the singer from The Answer or the singer from Wolfmother. Plant's the only member that has been denying a reunion.
    Chris Cornell
    humperdunk
    "Old photos, home movies and videos would help take you on a journey into my life from my earliest memories right up the O2 show." Why the **** would we care about a journey into your life? you wouldn't even be anything if your dad weren't famous.
    Lord_Vhailor
    Well, I was born too late to have an opportunity of seeing LZ live, and I love their work. It'd be best if he played with Page, Jones and Plant, but well...
    Anty 7
    wtf???? Take a look at his life?? It would make sense if it was about his father, but he's showing HIS life and playing his father's music. That's really not cool. "look at my life with the music of Led Zeppelin" big fat ego eh?
    PerpetualBurn
    Anty 7 wrote: wtf???? Take a look at his life?? It would make sense if it was about his father, but he's showing HIS life and playing his father's music. That's really not cool. "look at my life with the music of Led Zeppelin" big fat ego eh?
    He's referring to the influence it had on him while he was growing up.
    Anty 7
    What I mean is, if you wanna honor your father, do it right. The tribute thing is a good idea, but nobody cares about your life. Write an autobiography or something. If you want to put photos and homevideos, make them about John and the rest of Led Zep, not you.
    travislausch
    Jesus_Dean wrote: Why do this? Let Zep stand for itself.
    How do you feel about Zappa Plays Zappa?
    Jack Darkley
    If Plant isn't involved, is he just going to get a bunch of musicians together? I'm picturing a tribute album going on tour.
    thewhorock
    Its actually not zappa plays zappa anymore they changed the name to Dweezil zappa plays zappa... on another note this could be kinda cool if they stop by my area...
    MrGuitarGuy01
    What I mean is, if you wanna honor your father, do it right. The tribute thing is a good idea, but nobody cares about your life. Write an autobiography or something. If you want to put photos and homevideos, make them about John and the rest of Led Zep, not you.
    Yeah I get where you're coming from, but just take a step back from it and enjoy the fact that LZ is going to be played
    stndrdprcdre
    A purists worst nightmare. But pretty cool at the same time if you just take it for what it is....Bonzo's son getting a group together and playing some Zep tunes.
    archangels
    Jesus_Dean wrote: Why do this? Let Zep stand for itself.
    Because Plant keeps being a jackass about it and won't do anything.
    MacFamousKid
    Robert Plant can't sing Zeppelin anymore. He can no longer hit the high notes. If they wanted to do more shows, they'd have to transpose everything down way too much. A reunion isn't practical musically. Leave the guy alone. He's older now. Roger Daltrey has trouble hitting high notes too. It comes with age. I respect him for not doing a half-assed reunion. But what do I know?
    donniebravo
    He's done this before. I saw the Jason Bonham Band back around 99 or 00 in a small local club. They did a great job with a strong singer, which I don't know the name. The singer nailed Robert Plants vocal. They sung all Zep's hits and Jason did a killer version of "Moby Dick". Jason also talked about his Dad between songs. I'm glad he is doing this again. What a great show!
    Eirien
    I've seen enough bands playing Led Zeppelin songs live. What I want to see is Jason touring with Black Country; Derek Sherinian, Joe Bonamassa, Glenn Hughes and Jason Bonham. Fvck Yeah, I can't wait until their album's out!
    ruxprnced420
    He did this once before in the late 90's. I him as part of Chritmas show in Dallas. If he uses the same band he's in trouble. People literally started leaving after the second song. Still, his dad was one the first truly great rock drummers so more power to him. Hope it goes well.
    rockfreak611
    Yet another **** you to Robert Plant. Seriously, if they really want a tour, drop Plant and get the singer from The Answer or the singer from Wolfmother. Plant's the only member that has been denying a reunion.
    lmccoy10
    Pray for a Zep reunion. Wonder what the deal with Plant is? Im sick of the Alison Krauss bullshit.
    lmccoy10
    rockfreak611 wrote: Yet another **** you to Robert Plant. Seriously, if they really want a tour, drop Plant and get the singer from The Answer or the singer from Wolfmother. Plant's the only member that has been denying a reunion.
    Agree Completely. Every great band does a reunion. I mean I love John Bonham, but damn its a drummer. The Who go on without Keith Moon. Alice in Chains continue without Layne Staley. A reunion is not disrespectful to Bonham it honors him. Fuck this "Zep died when Bonzo died" Give me a break...