Led Zeppelin aficionados get ready for Jason Bonham’s ode to one of the greatest bands to ever walk the earth. Since the death of the group’s drummer John Bonham in 1980, Jason has stepped in from time to time to help keep his father’s memory alive. In 1988, Jason took his father’s spot in the televised, first-ever Led Zeppelin reunion at the Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert, which included Robert Plant, Jimmy Page, and John Paul Jones. Later that year, he went on to tour with Page and recorded the album Outrider with him. Jason represented his father when Led Zeppelin was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in January 1995. He soon put together a solo project which culminated in In the Name of My Father – The Zepset CD, which featured the songs of Led Zeppelin (proceeds went to charity). In December 2007, Jason filled in for his late father on drums at the Led Zeppelin reunion at London’s O2 arena.
Jason is a veteran musician in his own right. At the age of only five, he could play the drums. When he was 17 he was a member of the band Air Race, opening for big names like Queen, Meat Loaf, Ted Nugent, and AC/DC. By 1989, he completed the album The Disregard of Timekeeping with his new band called Bonham. One of the tracks from this first effort, “Wait for You,” earned him a gold record. He teamed up with greats like Paul Rodgers, Slash, David Gilmour, Jeff Beck and others in 1993 to work on the Grammy nominated Tribute to Muddy Waters album. A year later, Jason, along with Rodgers and Slash, appeared at Woodstock II. That same year, he recorded a new album, Peace 4 Me, with his group now known as Motherland. He toured and recorded with The Healing Sixes from 1999–2003. Following an album with Debbie Bonham, the younger sister of John Bonham, Jason was invited to drum for UFO. In 2006, he recorded with Joe Bonamassa. Jason starred with Ted Nugent, Evan Seinfeld (Biohazard), Sebastian Bach (Skid Row) and Scott Ian (Anthrax) on the VH1 reality TV show, SuperGroup, in May 2006. Jason was a member of the group Black Country Communion 2009-2013. In 2014,Jason joined Sammy Hagar’s super group The Circle.
Doors open at 6 p.m. Tickets ($35, $55 and $75) go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 12th at Celebrity Theatre, 440 N. 32nd St., in Phoenix, or online at www.celebritytheatre.com. To charge by phone, call 602-267-1600 ext. 1. All tickets are subject to facility and ticketing surcharges. All ages welcome.
Danny Zelisko Presents brings Jason Bonham: Led Zeppelin Experience to the historic Celebrity Theatre at 8 p.m. on Friday, May 13th. Tickets go on sale at 10 a.m. on Friday, February 12th at Celebrity Theatre or via www.celebritytheatre.com