John Bonham posted a large public apology to Jimmy Page on his official JasonBonham.net website. Earlier this month, while appearing on Sirius XM's The Howard Stern Show, Bonham revealed that Page had introduced him to cocaine, recalling, “We got called to his room. I was 16 at this point, and there was a woman on the floor with a collar on, meowing, and he had this grinder thing and he turned it over and he went, 'Here you go,' and I went, 'Thanks.' He’s like, 'You’ve done this before, right?' And I’m like, 'Yeah, of course I have.' So he handed it over and I just did all of it, and he went, 'Just like your father — y'know, that was supposed to be for all of us.'”
Yesterday, (April 18th), Bonham posted a message on his official website, which reads:
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin – An Apology
On or about 9 April 2019 I, Jason Bonham, gave an interview on radio with Howard Stern (the Interview). In that interview I made certain untrue and derogatory statements concerning Mr. James Page (aka Jimmy Page) of the legendary band Led Zeppelin.
I unconditionally retract all derogatory and defamatory comments relating to Mr. J Page that I made in that interview. In particular it is wholly untrue that Mr. J Page offered me any illegal substances either when I was a minor or at all. I apologize to Mr. Page, unreservedly, for making these unfounded and untrue comments about him. Out of my long held respect for Mr. Page I will make no further comments on the Interview and I agree to make no further comments which Mr. Page might view as disparaging, either now or in the future.
On May 10th, the Circle — featuring Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, and guitarist Vic Johnson — will release its first album of all original material, titled Space Between.
The band kicks off its next string of dates tonight (April 19th) at Reno, Nevada's Grand Theatre.