Jason Bonham talks about the legacy of drumming he has continued in the footsteps of his father – the late John Bonham of Led Zeppelin – in a clip from Sammy Hagar’s AXS TV series “Rock & Roll Road Trip”
“Playing Led Zeppelin songs always has a love/hate relationship because it’s the thing I’m most critical about in my performance,” explains Jason. “My father was such an amazing musician and drummer. He had such a groove; it was unmatched by anybody and I’m not just saying that because every drummer I speak to tells me the same things.
“To play the music is a great privilege and an honor to be even [mentioned] in the same breath as my father.”
John Bonham died in 1980 of a pulmonary edema brought on by inhaling his own vomit after drinking forty shots of vodka in a 24-hour period; he was 32.
The young Bonham began playing drums at the age of four, and appeared with his father in the Led Zeppelin film “The Song Remains The Same”, drumming on a scaled-down kit.
Jason has recorded and performed with many artists throughout his career, including Jimmy Page, Paul Rodgers, Foreigner, Joe Bonamassa, Black Country Communion and – most famously – with Led Zeppelin at the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary concert in 1988 and the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute event at London’s 02 Arena in 2007, which was later released as “Celebration Day.”
Jason hooked up with Hagar, Michael Anthony and Vic Johnson in 2014 to form The Circle.
The supergroup hit the road to perform and released their first live DVD,“At Your Service”, last December.
The Circle were featured on the latest episode of Hagar’s AXS TV series, which sees him connect with fellow rockers for a casual, behind the scenes chat about their careers.
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