Jason Bonham talks about the emotional difficulties that Robert Plant still has going on without his dad, the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham — feelings that ultimately ended any hoped-for reunion of the band’s surviving members.
Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page last convened as Led Zeppelin, with Jason replacing John Bonham, in 2007 at London’s 02 Arena — an event later commemorated with the release of Celebration Day, on CD, DVD, and Blu-ray. The album debuted at No. 2 on the Billboard 200 chart.
Still, Plant remains firm: There are no plans to continue on, despite the new-found excitement surrounding this release.
“It wasn’t just him going ‘I don’t want to do it,’ there were other things going on,” the younger Bonham tells 98.7 The Gater. “He told me, ‘It doesn’t matter how great you are on the drums, Jason. I love you to bits, and you play absolutely amazing. But John was the drummer in Led Zeppelin, and John was part of me and Jimmy and John Paul. We shared something very, very special.'”
John Bonham died in his sleep at age 32 in 1980, and Led Zeppelin never returned to the studio again. Meanwhile, Jason has gone on to his own musical success as a drummer with UFO, Foreigner and Black Country Communion, while also appearing two other times in partial, one-time Led Zepplin reunions.
Despite his own feelings, Jason Bonham seems to believe that the 2007 show will be Led Zeppelin’s last time together. Robert Plant simply misses Bonzo too much.
Jason Bonham says Plant confided: “‘I struggle sometimes just thinking about trying to create some magic again when he’s not there. He was a very, very dear friend of mine, that I miss every day.’ He’ll probably kill me for telling you that.”
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