Basic Background Info
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.
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