Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Jason Bonham to host Led Zeppelin Labor Day event on AXS TV

Jason Bonham will host “Whole Lotta Love”, a 9-hour television event on AXS TV this Labor Day celebrating the 47th anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s first live show.

The group performed their first concert on September 7, 1968 in Gladsaxe, Denmark as part of a short Scandanivian tour where they were billed as The Yardbirds.

Following the breakup of The Yardbirds that summer, guitarist Jimmy Page formed a band with Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and John Bonham that would first appear at the Gladsaxe Teen Club under the name "The New Yardbirds."

On September 7, AXS TV will air Led Zeppelin’s 2012 concert film “Celebration Day” four times in succession starting at 11 AM ET/8 AM PT.

Led Zeppelin reconvened with Jason for a one-off performance at the December 10, 2007 concert at London’s O2 Arena tribute concert for friend and Atlantic Records founder Ahmet Ertegun.

“Whole Lotta Love” will see Bonham guide viewers through the day with stories about his dad, playing with the band, and his behind-the-scenes experience with the group.

“It’s a great privilege and an honor to be even in the same breath as my father,” said Jason. “To get a chance to play with these peers, with the band as well, you’re gonna see what was truly one of the greatest days of my life.”

Led Zeppelin’s three final expanded album reissues recently debuted in the US Top 15.

The band’s 1979 album, “In Through The Out Door”, reentered the Billboard 200 album chart at No. 9 with opening week sales of 24,000 units (23,000 from pure album sales).

1982’s “Coda” debuted at No. 12 while 1976’s “Presence” landed at No. 13.

See also:

Led Zeppelin’s final three album reissues debut in US Top 15
Led Zeppelin reissue lands US Top 10 debut
Led Zeppelin reissues headed for possible US Top 10 debut
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