JASON BONHAM

JASON BONHAM

 

Basic Background Info

 
Birth: July 15, 1966
Location: Dudley, Worcestershire, Britain
Band: Bonham, Steel Dragon, Damnocracy, Foreigner, UFO, Led Zeppelin
Genres: Rock
Instruments: Drums
Occupation: Musician
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Biography

 
 

Born in 1966 in England, Jason Bonham is the son of legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Jason Bonham was a drummer at a young age; he started playing when he was four years old. Although certainly inspired by his father Jason Bonham recalls, "Actually I don't remember being taught. I only remember one incident where he put on the juke box 'Turn it on Again' by Genesis - it has a little time skip in it. He kept saying, 'Play this, play this.' So I kept playing it and he said, 'No wrong - do it again, do it again!'"

In the early 1980s, Jason Bonham started playing with his own bands; first with Airrace and then with Virginia Wolf. Airrace opened for acts like Queen, Meat Loaf, Ted Nugent, and AC/DC. Virginia Wolf recorded two albums and toured the United States. In 1988, Jason Bonham accompanied Jimmy Page on an album and supporting tour, Outrider. That same year, Jason Bonham sat in his father's spot and drummed with Led Zeppelin members in Atlantic record's televised fortieth anniversary concert.

The following year, Jason Bonham created his own band, Bonham. Bonham had a hit single on their first album, but their second album was mediocre and the group disbanded. Jason Bonham began focusing on session work and guest appearances. For instance, in 1993, Jason Bonham drummed with Paul Rodgers on Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters, which received a Grammy nomination. Jason Bonham and Rodgers appeared with Slash at Woodstock II the following year. Only a few years after dismantling his band Bonham, Jason reorganized with a new name, Motherland, and new lead singer, Marti Frederiksen.

In 1995, Led Zeppelin was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Jason Bonham and his sister Zoe represented their father at the ceremony and Jason once again performed with the bandmembers. Subsequently, Jason Bonham created the charitable projects In the Name of My Father : The Zepset and When You See the Sun, featuring Led Zeppelin songs. After ZepSet, Jason Bonham planned a small charity tour, but fan interest demanded a full tribute tour. In 1999, Jason Bonham joined Healing Sixes for four years. Jason appeared as a member of Steel Dragon in the movie Rock Star. The band actually recorded the soundtrack. Jason Bonham then recorded and toured with his father's sister, Debbie Bonham.

In 2006, Jason Bonham appeared on VH1's show SuperGrou, where cast members created a band and were filmed while they created music together. The following year, Jason Bonham once again stood in for his father and played with Led Zeppelin members for a reunion concert in London.
 
 

Discography

 
 
Album Year Album Name Album Band
1984 Shaft of Light Airrace
1986 Virginia Wolf Virginia Wolf
1987 Push Virginia Wolf
1988 Outrider Jimmy Page
1989 Disregard of Timekeeping Bonham
1992 Mad Hatter Bonham
1993 Muddy Water Blues: A Tribute to Muddy Waters Paul Rodgers
1994 Peace for Me Motherland
1995 Red Blooded Blues Various Artists
1997 Chronicle Paul Rodgers
1997 In the Name of My Father: The Zepset Live from Electric Ladyland The Jason Bonham Band
1997 When You See the Sun The Jason Bonham Band
1999 Born Again Savage Little Steven
2000 Bat Head Soup: A Tribute to Ozzy Various Artists
2001 Metallic Assault: A Tribute to Metallica Various Artists
2001 Rock Star Original Soundtrack
2002 Annual Spring 2002 Various Artists
2002 Enormosound Healing Sixes
2004 100% Live Quireboys
2004 Old Hyde Deborah Bonham
2004 You Are Here UFO
2005 Numbers from the Beast: An All-Star Tribute to Iron Maiden Various Artists
2005 Showtime UFO
2006 Extended Versions Foreigner
2006 Flying High Again: The World Greatest Tribute to Ozzy Various Artists
2006 You & Me Joe Bonamassa
2007 Alive & Rockin' Foreigner
2007 Principle of Moments Robert Plant
 

Noise

 
 
  • In 1973 Led Zeppelin recorded a concert film, The Song Remains The Same, which included a fantasy sequence from each member. Jason appeared with his father, drumming on a mini kit. He was ten years old.
  • Jason married Jan Charteris in 1990. They have two children, son Jager and daughter Jaz.
  • As a young child, Jason modeled for an advertisement for a toy drum kit. He received ten pounds for the photos.
 

Instruments of Choice

 
 

Drums

Drums: Ludwig
Cymbals: Zildjian
Hardware: Drum Workshop
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Sticks: Pro-Mark
 
 

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