Sunday, April 25, 2010

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin exploded onto the music scene in 1968, forever changing the course of Rock music. This magical blend of blues laden guitar, soaring vocals and complex steady driving rhythm brought a sound and energy that still resonates today. While Led Zeppelin recorded and released 8 albums that all sat at the top of the charts, it was their live music experience where the band truly found its form. Light and shade, loose and tight, extended improvisational excursions all wrapped in a mystic air enthralled the millions of fans lucky enough to see them live.

December 10, 2007 the remaining members of Led Zeppelin performed their first full-length show since the passing of John Bonham in 1980. Behind the kit, joining Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones on stage was appropriately Jason Bonham. This event was originally intended as a one off affair in honour of Ahmet Etegun, the founder and former president of Atlantic Records, who had passed away December 14, 2006. Concert proceeds went to the Ahmet Ertegun Education Fund, which provides scholarships for students in the USA, UK and Turkey.

Led Zeppelin’s O2 Arena concert was the most highly anticipated show in music history. It is estimated that demand for tickets reached 20 million, while only 18,000 tickets were available. Contests were held around the world as rabid fans vied to secure much sought after tickets. The show was a smashing success and talk soon turned to the possibility of a reunion tour. Indeed the idea was given more than passing consideration. In the end the band decided that the O2 show was the final Led Zeppelin show of their careers.

No one understands the underlying elements that made Led Zeppelin great better than Jason Bonham. The son of the late Led Zeppelin drumming legend John “Bonzo” Bonham, he has experienced the band from both sides of the kit. From the early days at Knebworth, culminating at their epic O2 arena farewell, Jason lived the Led Zeppelin Experience. Renowned Australian journalist Richie Yorke, who was part of the inner circles of Led Zeppelin and those of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, brought Jason’s interest in sharing his Led Zeppelin Experience to Annerin Productions, producers of “The Pink Floyd Experience” and “Rain, A Tribute to the Beatles”. It was after seeing the Rain show that Jason decided to put together a similar show for Led Zeppelin, with himself playing drums.

Using hand picked session players to fill the roles of the original members, like Rain, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will perform the band’s material with heavy usage of video to assist in tell the history of Led Zeppelin. The show will carry you from the early days as the band discovered and shared their magical chemistry with LA scenesters at the Whiskey. Multiple set changes take you through Zeppelin’s meteoric climb as you are transported to Madison Square Garden in 1973, Earls Court Arena in 1975, The Knebworth Festival in 1979 and closing with the OZ arena show where Jason joined the band for their final farewell performance.

State of the art sound, multi-media video presentation and period specific drum kits - the same ones used by John Bonham… Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience pays tribute to his legendary father performing 30 shows in North America in the coming year to commemorate the 30th anniversary of John Bonham’s passing. Feel the power that was the greatest rock band in history.

(If this happens it will be the biggest selling show! I like the idea of it since it seems the rest of Led Zeppelin is not willing to go for it and it's fine really, maybe they should let things just be. Jason doing this history of Led Zeppelin is a good idea to bring Led Zeppelin to another generation of fans. Led Zeppelin is iconic and are legendary and their legend and story should be told to every generation that follows I say.)

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