Monday, October 21, 2002

Jason Bonham says mother would proudly approve if Led Zeppelin reunion included him

Jason Bonham was gracious enough to grant an interview to Lemon Squeezings on Oct. 17 after a concert with his current band, Healing Sixes, at the Thunder Dome in Baltimore. Behind a drum set, this thirtysomething musician sounds tight. But leaning against a bar and sipping from a can of Diet Coke, Jason shows his loose, easygoing demeanor.

Healing Sixes played a great set of material from its new CD, Enormosound, and three Led Zeppelin covers ended the concert on a high note for the energetic crowd. Luckily enough, that's just when things were beginning for myself and the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer. Off to the side of the stage, he made himself available to sign autographs for new fans and to answer questions regarding bootlegs, cars and his take on the possibility of a Led Zeppelin reunion in 2003.

"I'd be a fool not to ask you if you have any plans for next year, with all the rumors circulating," I coyly phrased the question. Apparently, the London Times was more straightforward when the newspaper recently posed the question to him by telephone.

According to Jason, an interviewer for the Times said that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones had met on a certain day. Jason, knowing about the work being done on a Led Zeppelin DVD through a common contact, said they were probably meeting to discuss the DVD project.

But the Times insisted that they had also discussed reuniting. Jason said that he had not been contacted by anyone from Led Zeppelin or their management. "So, I phoned Jimmy to see whether he really did want me," Jason told me. "I left a message for him asking to call me and let me know. Well, I haven't heard back."

Jason said he would be comfortable drumming for a reunion and that his mother, Pat Bonham, would proudly approve. "My mom has said that she will give full support to the tour if I'm on the drums but not if anyone else is on drums," Jason said.

Although he hasn't heard from Page about the reunion, he has heard from the engineer on the Led Zeppelin DVD project. Jason said that the man helping Page on the project is Kevin Shirley, who also worked on the Healing Sixes CD as well as Live at the Greek, the double live album by Jimmy Page and the Black Crowes. Although Jason was not able to name any specific footage that would appear on the upcoming Led Zeppelin DVD, he said he's heard it's all excellent footage.

While fans prepare for the first official live release by Led Zeppelin since 1997's BBC Sessions, Led Zeppelin bootleg collectors have been enjoying a highly productive round of newly released soundboard recordings, video releases, and more. Trying to ascertain the sources of these newly discovered recordings, some fans assume that it must be coming from someone near the band.

Since Jason's name has been mentioned in the past in conjunction with such guesses, I asked him whether he knew where such recordings were coming from. He did not claim responsibility for any leaks. However, he hinted that he has been in possession of some recordings that are not available in trading circles, including at least one with a concert date previously unknown to Led Zeppelin historians. Lemon Squeezings will certainly follow up on this issue!

In the meantime, Healing Sixes is scheduled for the following appearances in the eastern United States and Canada:
  • Oct. 21: Philadelphia (Venue TBA)
  • Oct. 22: B.B. King's, New York
  • Oct. 24: Hard Rock Cafe, Toronto
  • Oct. 25: Double D's, Morristown, N.J.
  • Oct. 26: Palace, Lansford, Pa.
  • Oct. 29: Stone Pony, Asbury Park, N.J.
  • Oct. 30: Crocodile Rocks, Allentown, Pa.
  • Nov. 1: Town House, Williamstown, N.Y.
  • Nov. 2: Jarrod's, Attleboro, N.Y.
  • Nov. 6: Zanies Too, Indianapolis
And coming soon, dates on the West Coast!

Monday, October 14, 2002

London Times reports Led Zeppelin reunion tour certain; could it be true?

The London Times has just reported that Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones will reunite for a concert tour in the United States to take place in the summer of 2003. People are writing me on a daily basis saying that contracts have been signed. I receive e-mails from John Paul Jones himself with no comment.

As I've said before, history says don't believe the hype. History says there are a lot of people who want it to happen. History says there are a lot of people who expect it to happen. History says it might be considered. History says it might even be SERIOUSLY considered!

But history says IT WON'T ACTUALLY HAPPEN. I would be surprised if it does happen. But if it does, and if they call themselves Led Zeppelin, I want to introduce them at a concert, telling tens of thousands of people: "Hold onto your seat. Here comes Led Zeppelin!"

Sunday, October 6, 2002

Fans drive Volkswagen bus decorated with Zep symbols

This news originally appeared in an edition of the newsletter "On This Day In Led Zeppelin History."

Two of my readers have a Web page devoted to their 1971 Volkswagen bus. It's as old as Led Zeppelin's fourth album, and it has the four symbols freshly painted on it. Maryland's Richard and Bernadette are truly one... er, um, two-of-a-kind Zep fans. You can see their painted bus at (This content is no longer available).

Thursday, October 3, 2002

Web gem: Viking kittens perform 'Immigrant Song'

These comments originally appeared in an edition of the newsletter "On This Day In Led Zeppelin History."

Several people yesterday sent me to this very cute Web page. Cat lovers, beware! It's "rather good," if you asked me!