Thursday, May 14, 2009

Led Zeppelin's first reunion with Jason Bonham remembered

A special edition of "On This Day In Led Zeppelin History" went out today, the first in a while. In it, I wrote about the show that happened 21 years today, honoring Atlantic Records on the occasion of its 40th birthday. More to the point, it was the second time Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones played together in a concert setting since the death of John Bonham -- and it also happened to be their first concert outing with Jason Bonham on drums. So, I included a clip of an interview conducted earlier this year with Mark Stein of the Vanilla Fudge. Here's the video of that interview related to the Atlantic Records concert, never seen or heard before today.

Portions of the same interview have been aired earlier this year on "Get the Led Out XL," to which I gladly contribute. The radio show started up in January on the 40th anniversary of Led Zeppelin's debut album being released. We've been doing a "this day in Led Zeppelin history" type of thing on daily installments of the show since then, and today's edition includes a never-heard-before audio interview with Chris Squire, Yes bassist, comparing Jason Bonham's performances at the Led Zeppelin reunion shows in 1988 and 2007. (He's much more keen on the most recent show.)

There are a lot of good interviews we've been putting on that show lately. We just aired a full hour episode with Led Zeppelin publicist Danny Goldberg. Earlier this month, I arranged for author Dave Lewis to interview Zep's old tour manager, Richard Cole. I just got the audio back on that one yesterday, so stay tuned for that. Check with your local radio station to see if they already "Get the Led Out" with Carol Miller.

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