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Catching Up With Jason Bonham and His Led Zeppelin Experience

November 7, 2011 by  
Filed under Interviews

If you have a favorite Zeppelin song, Jason Bonham and company probably performed it on Halloween night in Boston.

Bonham’s “Led Zeppelin Experience” is more than “just” a concert: rather, by incorporating film footage from his family’s archive along with commentary by Jason, it’s also an homage to the late John Bonham, his father and Led Zeppelin’s legendary drummer. For a big Zep fan, it was a really fun show to experience. Among the many highlights, Jason plays along with footage of his father on the famous Moby Dick drum solo from the concert film The Song Remains The Same.

I had a chance to catch up with Jason after the show, and he shed light on a few topics.

Interviewed by: Ilya Mirman

Some bands try to play Zeppelin note for note; others strive to mimic the mannerisms, the theatrics of The Song Remains The Same.  How do you approach it?

I play it like I played it with the boys [Led Zeppelin].  As Robert Plant told me, “stop trying to be like your Dad – be like Jason, and it’ll come naturally.”  So I play from the heart, and it works.

What’s the most enjoyable song for you to play?

“When the Levee Breaks” – because of just how we all sound together.  The Moby Dick solo [playing along with the film footage of John Bonham] is also great to do, but it’s the most focused I am during the set.

When did it sink in that your childhood was different from others – playing with Jimmy Page, members of Bad Company, etc…

It never sank in!  Well, maybe not until much later – when I was 24 or so.

Do you line your drum with tinfoil, like your Dad?

That’s rubbish! He never did that.

What are the projects you have in the works, beyond the Led Zeppelin Experience?

With Black Country Communion, we have a DVD out at the moment, doing very well in the charts – debuted at #8 in the US, #1 in Norway, Sweden, etc.  We’re also planning to record album #3.

I’ll also be recording more with Joe Bonamassa; Joe Walsh [of Eagles fame] called me up inquiring about my schedule, so we’ll be doing something as well.  So really, quite a busy schedule!

Ever had the urge to throw a TV set out of a hotel window to honor your old man, and if so, how much less satisfying are today’s flat screen TVs compared to the CRTs of yore?

[Laughs] Yeah, it’s much less fun – no big explosion anymore!  The glass is thicker these days, and it’s liable to bounce back and hit you! I’m kidding – never actually tried it.  But I did stay at the Hyatt in  where Dad stayed [and threw a TV out the window], and nowadays you cannot open the windows – for that very reason!

OK, my bass player is making me ask: next time you’re in town, maybe you’ll sit in with our band?

Ha!  Sure, why not…if I’m around!

LZE covered a rich swath of Zeppelin’s catalog:

Rock n Roll
Celebration Day
Immigrant Song
Your Time Is Gonna Come
Babe I’m Gonna Leave You
What Is & What Should Never Be
Lemon Song
Thank You
Dazed and Confused
Moby Dick
The Ocean
Over The Hills and Far Away
Since Ive Been Loving You
In The Light
When The Levee Breaks
Stairway To Heaven
Whole Lotta Love

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience has tour dates through November 18th, check their official site for the remaining dates.

Metallica Announce 30th Anniversary Shows

July 28, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Music News, Tour Dates & News

In honor of their 30th anniversary Metallica has announced four special shows for their fan club members.  The band will invade the Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 7, 9, and 10th.  According to the band, the intimate shows will include special guests, different set lists each night and rarities.  You can read all about it straight from the horses mouth below:


Thirty years of Metallica… can you believe it? We think it’s cause for a major celebration! You’ve been asking for a while now “just what the hell are you going to do to mark 30 years as a band?” closely followed by “why don’t we have more exclusive shows for Fan Club members?” We’ve heard you loud and clear and are beyond psyched to announce that the week of December 5, 2011 will be a full on Metallica week in the Bay Area, more specifically we will be playing four shows for Met Club members only at the historic Fillmore in San Francisco on December 5, 7, 9, and 10 to celebrate our 30th anniversary. These unique shows will include special guests and events, rare songs, varied set lists, odds and ends, and all the nutty stuff you expect from Metallica… fun for the entire family! Come to the Bay Area and spend the week with us to not only close out 2011 out with a bang, but to celebrate over three decades worth of craziness.

Participate in the entire week of festivities with special four pack tickets (one ticket for each of the four shows) and automatic entry into the contests for various other special events, available for the clever price of $19.81 (get it??). If you can’t join us for the full week, we’ll have individual show tickets too and as you can see we’re going back to early ’80’s ticket pricing (but not the hair!)… single show tickets will be just $6.00 each. Both four packs and individual show tickets will be available for Fan Club members only through a reservation system and we do have to add facility fees, blah, blah. Clubbers can log in for all the details… we’re taking reservations through August 8.

Hope to see you for a week of madness in December!


Video Preview: Fuse Presents: Linkin Park

February 17, 2011 by  
Filed under Daily Music News

Tomorrow (February 18th) at 9:30/8:30C on Fuse TV, Linkin Park takes on NYC for their exclusive television event, Fuse Presents: Linkin Park.  You can find more about about the special event here and check out a sneak peek below:

Fans can show their support for the “A Thousand Suns” tour by Tweeting #LinkinParkonFuse that night. 

Contest: Win A Trip To NYC To See Linkin Park

December 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Contests, Daily Music News

Want to sit up close and personal with Linkin Park? Enter the Fuse Music Matters Sweepstakes for a chance to win the ultimate music experience! Fuse will fly one lucky Linkin Park fan and their guest to NYC and seat you within the 10 front rows at the Madison Square Garden concert! The winner will receive a trip for two – flight and one hotel night included, prime seating to February Fuse Presents, and one pair of Denon AH-D1100 “Acoustic Luxury” Over-Ear Headphones!

To enter for your chance to win, simply read the official rules and fill out the form here.

Participants are limited to one (1) entry per day. The more entries = the better chances! Contest ends January 15th at 6PM!

You must be able to travel between February 4, 2011 through February 5, 2011!

For more details and to hear why music matters to people,

Soundgarden Announces Show at the Vic Theater Chicago on August 5th‏

July 27, 2010 by  
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Soundgarden has announced an intimate club show at the Vic Theater on August 5th, around the same time they’ll be in town for Lollapalooza.

To purchase tickets, fans should sign up to be a member of “Soundgarden World” (free of charge) here.  Members will be given the chance to be entered into a drawing to purchase tickets for this once in a lifetime show.  If you don’t plan on attending the show yourself, don’t bother signing up as there are many rules and you won’t be able to transfer your tickets to anyone else. 

For more details head over to the band’s website.

Soundgarden has announced an intimate club show at the Vic Theater on August 5th, around the same time they’ll be in town for Lollapalooza.