Drummer JASON BONHAM, the son of legendary LED ZEPPELIN drummer JOHN BONHAM, is featured in a new interview with Joanie Cox-Henry at Sun-Sentinel.com. An excerpt is available below:
Rocker Jason Bonham holds an impressive legacy in his drumsticks. As the son of the late, legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, his passion for drums began at age four. While he’s performed with his dad’s Led Zeppelin band mates in addition to creating his own music, Dec. 26, 2012 was a night that would change his life forever and lead him to his present tour.
Bonham shared the stage with Ann and Nancy Wilson of HEART to perform ‘Stairway To Heaven’ during the Led Zeppelin tribute at the Kennedy Center Honors.
As Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones looked on, the incredible melodic chemistry behind Bonham and the Wilson sisters prompted a phone call from executives at Live Nation.
“When I was asked to do ‘Stairway,’ I was like really? ‘Stairway?’ There are some songs you just don’t touch,” Bonham said. “But the arrangement with the choir, orchestra and way the whole band played was very special. Both Robert and John Paul were both blown away by the arrangements. It was cool and different. The respect to the original was incredible and Ann and Nancy were fantastic. There were 50 people bobbing up and down wearing top hats. The hairs on the back of your neck stand up when you see something like this.”
Bonham was blown away by the more than five million hits that one song garnered on YouTube. “The demand became so great it got released on iTunes,” Bonham said during a recent phone interview with Forum Publishing Group. “I later got a call from Live Nation asking how we could put something like this together for a show.”
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Bonham will be the featured guest on US nationally syndicated radio show Rockline with host Bob Coburn on June 12th at 8:30pm PT/11:30pm ET. Fans are encouraged to speak with the band toll free at 1-800-344-ROCK (7625). For more information on finding a station near you and for information regarding how to log onto the internet broadcast go to Rocklineradio.com. The show will be streamed on the Rockline website for two weeks beginning the afternoon after the live broadcast.
Bonham will embark on a tour with Heart this summer. Confirmed dates are as follows:
17 – West Palm Beach, FL – Cruzan Amphitheater
18 – Tampa, FL – Live Nation Amphitheater
20 – Atlanta, GA – Chastain Park Amphitheater
21 – Charlotte, NC – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
22 – Raleigh, NC – Time Warner Cable Music Pavilion
24 – Virginia Beach, VA – Farm Bureau Live
25 – Washington, DC – Jiffy Lube Live
27 – Wantagh, NY – Nikon at Jones Beach Theater
28 – Boston, MA – Comcast Center – Mansfield MA
29 – Bethel, NY – Bethel Woods Center for the Arts
2 – Holmdel, NJ – PNC Bank Arts Center
3 – Philadelphia, PA – Susquehanna Bank Center – Camden
4 – Uncasville, CT – Mohegan Sun Arena
19 – Detroit, MI – DTE Energy Music Theater
21 – Pittsburgh, PA – First Niagara Pavilion – Burgettstown
22 – Cleveland, OH – Blossom Music Center
27 – Cincinnati, OH – Riverbend Music Center
29 – Chicago, IL – Ravinia Festival
30 – Indianapolis, IN – Klipsch Music Center
1 – West Allis, WI – Wisconsin State Fair
14 – Houston, TX – Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion
15 – Dallas, TX – Gexa Energy Pavilion
17 – St. Louis, MO – Verizon Wireless Amphitheater
18 – Kansas City, MO – Starlight Theater
20 – Denver, CO – Fiddler’s Green Amphitheater
22 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theater
23 – Los Angeles, CA – Greek Theater
24 – Indio, CA – Fantasy Springs Resort Casino
26 – San Diego, CA – Open Air Theater
28 – San Francisco, CA – America’s Cup Pavilion
30 – Portland, OR – Sleep Country Amphitheater