Jason Bonham Wants To Work With Robert Plant And Slash On New Album

John Bonham's son talks solo album.

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In recent years, Jason Bonham has become inextricably associated with his father's legendary band, having filled in for Bonham Snr. At Led Zeppelin's reunion concert back in 2007. With Zep looking to be definitely finished, though, Jason wants to set out on his own. According to NME, the drummer is considering recording a solo album, using the musicians from the Led Zeppelin Experience (the Led Zep tribute show that Bonham is currently helming) as his backing group:

"I've been working on some original songs with the band that does the Led Zeppelin experience... we're going to start writing as an original band and see what comes out of it. It'll be kind of Zeppelin-esque because of the way the guys play but there's nothing wrong with that."

Bonham has also hinted that he'd want to work with a number of celebrity special guests on the album, including Zep singer Robert Plant:

"I've always wanted to do an album with half the people I've worked with. People like Robert Plant, Paul Rodgers, Jeff Beck and Slash.

Meanwhile, Bonham is considering the future of Black Country Communion, the super group he is in with Glenn Hughes and Joe Bonamassa. The band recently fell into disarray after Bonamassa was unable to commit to touring, and now Bonham is open to the idea of replacing the guitarist for live dates:

"I have not suggested this to the others, but my thing would be that we should, for the fans, go out and play. If Joe can't do it, we should go out with someone else. Joe is a really nice guy and I think if we asked him then he'd say, 'Of course'."

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    Could be cool. I guess he's proven that he is in the business for a better reason than nepotism. I don't really think Slash would work well with Plant though. Slash is a great player and Plant is a great frontman, but I just can't hear Slash's melodic line paired with Plant's voice. Slash is a very versatile player and would of course be able to adjust, but I feel like he would be doing just that, adjusting. He wouldn't be able to do Slash while Plant was doing Plant. Well, it probably wouldn't be too bad anyway though. No disrespect intended to anyone I am talking about.
    About time. He's an awesome drummer, definitely doing his father's work justice but he should do more than a zep cover band.
    Sheep Shagger
    "...he should do more than a zep cover band" He does. He records with Black Country Communion. Great band.
    I just seen his led zeppelin experience show here in Michigan last night. Great show by the way. I've definitely been thinking to myself that he needs to get on more records as hes a great drummer. His live band was pretty damn good too. The guitarist kept giving the woman next to me the look if you know what I mean
    I actually had the pleasure of speaking with Bonham at my work. I work in a call center, and he called in regarding a furniture order. Real nice guy, would love to see him make some new music.
    This could be sweet. Bonzo Jr., Plant, and Slash combo? Good god if Jeff Beck was on the record too?! Theres something I never saw coming.
    Hows about a no. Cheesefest in the making. I mean by all means do your thing but dont bring my brother plant down with you.