During a recent interview, Jason Bonham revealed that the end of his musical project with Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones left him “more devastated” than the demise of Led Zeppelin after their 2007 reunion.
In a recent radio interview, Bonham — the son of original drummer John Bonham said Robert Plant told him that he had no plans to continue the band after their one-off reunion.
He explained, “In a short time I was told by Robert himself that a continued reunion wasn’t gonna happen. But it was very, very special at that time. Later on, of course, just after Robert said that, I then got the phone call from Jimmy and John Paul, and we started to do some stuff.”
He continued, “To be writing, to go write, to be in the situation of writing with those two guys was just another world. Jimmy turned round at one point and said, ‘Okay, have you got any idea you wanna work on, Jason?’ And I’m like, ‘Woah, what?’ That was just so much fun, just to be in that environment, to still be around them.” He reflected: “If anything, when that stopped, that’s when I was even more devastated than when the Zeppelin thing stopped. … Knowing that it wasn’t gonna happen anymore kind of, it sucked.”
By that time, Bonham said that he had ended his stint with Foreigner in order to concentrate on the project. “So what grew from that was, as a manager of the time said, ‘Why don’t you just do this little Zeppelin thing… a tribute to your dad, kinda get it out your system?’ Out of one sadness came something that brings so much joy to me and so many others.”