Jason Bonham shares real reason Robert Plant won’t reunite as Led Zeppelin: ‘He’ll probably kill me for telling’

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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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    Bologna….. same cheap story since 1983. Plant can kick up a storm playing zep songs as long as it’s not with Jones. There’s as much dislike of the living members as there is love for the deceased. No respect for fans.

  • Amo Green

    I Would Think Plants Problem With Playing Zep Tunes Would Be His ( Lack Of ) Vocal Abilities At His RAPIDLY Advancing “Age ” …..

    • Zebediah

      Snarky much?

  • Arc333Angel .

    As good as they were, and as good as the music was for all of us, there are some pretty serious losses for Robert that are connected to that period in his life: his closest friend and also his son. Honestly, the grief may make returning to Led Zeppelin emotionally intolerable. Also, the notion of greedy promoters etc. just waiting to cash in on something truly precious to Robert might make the situation beyond intolerable. I can understand all that, and I’m glad Jason shared this information.

  • Will Vazquez

    i never had the chance to watch them live ,,,,simply a bit to Young ..07 it was impossible to get a ticket …

    • Adam Sachs

      I was there, at the O2 in London and it was magical!

  • Rick

    Plant needs to accept the reality of who he’s telling this to and try to give Jason “time served” as a part of ZEP seeing how he was 2yrs. old when John joined the group.