Jason Bonham hopes to play with Led Zeppelin again

  • Bang Showbiz
  • 16 November 2012
The surviving members of Led Zeppelin

The surviving members of Led Zeppelin (L-R): Robert Plant, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page

Jason Bonham is hopeful he will play with Led Zeppelin again, after the success of their 2007 show at London's The O2 venue

Jason Bonham is hopeful he will play with Led Zeppelin again.

The drummer - son of the band's original sticksman, John Bonham - stepped into his father's shoes when the band reformed for a one-off concert in 2007 to mark the passing of the founder of their record company, Ahmet Ertegun, and would love the opportunity to play with them again.

He told The Sun newspaper: "Am I sorry it hasn't continued? Yes, it would have been great but [singer] Robert [Plant] has his reasons.

"But even then you never know - they all really enjoyed it. And I'm always the last person to know what's going on because I have a big mouth - I end up blabbing."

Since John's passing in 1980 from choking on his own vomit, the band - also including John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page - has rarely performed, appearing at Live Aid in 1985, and at a 40th anniversary party for Atlantic records in 1988 before the 2007 concert, held at London's The O2 venue, and released as an album and concert film, 'Celebration Day'.

Jason added: "We were determined to get the O2 show right. The band had reformed before but were never happy with the performances.

"I played at the Atlantic one and I wasn't ready for the job then. I thought the world owed me a living. I was very arrogant.

"I knew the O2 show was important. Robert, Jimmy, John Paul and Dad worked so well together and created a real magic. I didn't want to let that down.

"I felt my job was to keep it like the albums. It was different to the old Led Zep, we concentrated more on the songs rather than jamming."

Jason, 46, also said his mother had warned him that the reunion was only for one night, and would be hard to accept.

He said: "It is tough to walk away from Led Zeppelin. But it is good to be part of the legacy. If we never do anything else, it's a great feeling to have been part of it."

'Celebration Day' is out now.

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