Jason Bonham thinks of his late father, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, in the fondest of ways.
He recalls playing the instrumental song “Moby Dick” with him, and his strong father-son bond. But, unlike others who have lost their dads, Bonham has the ability to share his memories on the road with Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, which comes to the Celebrity Theatre in Phoenix on Friday, May 13. It was originally intended to be one tour in 2010, but it has expanded to a more frequent event.
“After the first tour, it took on its own life, really,” Bonham says.
The two-hour show homage to the elder Bonham features Led Zeppelin “hits”—Bonham said there were no hits, per se—and occasional deep cuts and B-sides. Bonham also rolls film footage of his father and his family.
“The setlist is the hardest thing to decide,” he says. “We actually reach out on social media and ask fans, ‘What would you like to hear on this tour?’
“But then I have to remember there are certain people who haven’t seen the show before. I have to make sure the key songs are represented. As much as Led Zeppelin didn’t have hit single, let’s say, there are certain anthems like the ‘Whole Lotta Loves’ of the world, ‘Rock ‘n’ Roll,’ ‘Stairway to Heaven’ and ‘Kashmir.’ I always find that those are songs that have to be in the show.”
That said, he loves the variety his shows offer, including acoustic numbers or deep tracks.
“That, to me, keeps it fresh for us,” adds Bonham, 49. “We like to change it up a bit. Some of the songs have never been played live.”
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