2018 marks the 50th anniversary of the formation of legendary rock band Led Zeppelin. When Led Zeppelin and Rhino Records announced a forthcoming re-release of their How The West Was Won live album, they hinted at what was in store as the press release mentioned, “Details of additional Led Zeppelin 50th Anniversary releases and events will be announced later this year.” It appears these events may be dubbed “Led Zeppelin Experience” as per a recent interview with drummer Jason Bonham.
Jason, who is the son of Led Zeppelin founding drummer John Bonham, had been touring with an ensemble named Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience. The drummer has changed the name to Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening. He revealed the reason why in an interview with radio station KSHE. On Friday, Led Zep News transcribed Jason Bonham’s answer to the query:
“They have plans for the terminology, Led Zeppelin Experience. And I was like, ‘Um, okay, but I need to keep the logo, JBLZE.’ One, I have the tag on my car, and two, I have a huge backdrop that I paid for last year. For me it’s about the music. So the name of it — I just wanted to keep the logo. So I said, ‘I got it. Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Evening.’ I don’t know what they have planned, but I said, ‘Okay, I will clear the way so they can do what they wish.’”
Led Zeppelin vocalist Robert Plant recently discussed the band’s 50th anniversary during an interview with The Current. After discussing a book about the occasion that is in the works, Plant said “there will be a celebration, I’m sure, somewhere. A cork will pop! [makes sound effects]” Stay tuned.
John Bonham, John Paul Jones, Jimmy Page and Robert Plant first took the stage together in Gladsaxe, Denmark on September 7, 1968. While they performed as “The New Yardbirds” the quartet soon changed their name to Led Zeppelin and went on become one of the biggest and most influential bands in rock and roll. Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page performed with Jason Bonham under the Led Zeppelin banner on December 10, 2007 to pay tribute to Ahmet Ertegun. The band has reportedly turned down many offers from promoters to embark on a tour ever since.
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