‘Let it go, and something will happen’: Jason Bonham takes long view on possible Led Zeppelin reunion

Jason Bonham, who has turned the buzz surrounding his participation in Led Zeppelin’s recent Celebation Day release into a well-received tour with Heart, has his own thoughts about another reunion with Robert Plant.

Questions have continued after Plant said he couldn’t fit in another Zeppelin reunion this year, but that he was available in 2014. The CD and film of their most recent performance with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones, dating back to 2007, became a huge hit last year.

“You know, with Robert, it’s always tongue in cheek,” Bonham tells Dave Taylor in this video. “I think that’s his way of saying: ‘You know what, guys? Let it lie. Just let it lie.’”

Bonham, son of the late Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, has been touring a Led Zeppelin Experience show recently, and met Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart when they performed together in December as Zeppelin was recognized at the Kennedy Center. A summer tour was then announced, with the two groups joining together at the end of each concert for a concluding 30-minute tribute to Led Zeppelin.

Bonham admits that he doesn’t know when he’ll get a chance to participate in the real thing again, though he has a hunch about how it might play out.

“What happened last time was, when every one stopped asking, look what happened,” Bonham adds. “Once it all stops — even for myself — once I stop even thinking that it would ever happen, it happened. So, I always say: Let it go, and something will happen.”

Bonham’s tour with Heart resumes again on Friday, July 19, 2013, with a show in Detroit.

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  • JC Mosquito

    I saw Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin experience when they toured to mark the anniversary of John Bonham’s passing. Fascinating concept – play Led Zep tunes while showing 8 mm home movies and telling family anecdotes between songs. Their version of “When the Levee Breaks” used a sample from Bonham Senior’s intro, and it’s frightening how that song sounds cranked up a whole pile of decibels. Having said that, still to this day I haven’t decided if that was a great idea of Jason’s to honour his father, or just a really good Zeppelin cover band.

    As well, I’ve always maintained that Heart should be the only band allowed to cover Zeppelin tunes ever (except for the Lovemongers). Sounds like a great concert pairing!