If Jason Bonham had a dollar for every time he was asked about another Led Zeppelin reunion...well, he might be as rich as all the other guys in the band.
Bonham, the son of Zep's late drummer John Bonham, sat in his father's spot for the group's 1988 performance at Atlantic Records' 40th anniversary concert in New York and for the 2007 show at the O2 Arena in London. He currently fronts a Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience show as well as playing in the all-star Black Country Communion and Sammy Hagar's Circle, and he tells us that the key to making another Zep reunion happen is to not think about it:
"I will say this...In 2004 I just said to myself, 'Y'know, don't ever think it's gonna happen. Don't in the back of your mind ever think something's gonna happen. Let it go.’ 'Cause it's something that would always, having a little flutter in your stomach of hope, and because at that time I'd been sober about three years and going to, like meetings and counseling, they said, 'Listen, you got to let that go, right?' And then when I let it go, guess what happens? You get a phone call in 2007. So all I'll say is this; I'm gonna let it go. As far as I know nothing's gonna happen, but if I let it go, you never know."
Bonham will be working on a new Black Country Communion album during 2017, though it's unclear if the group will tour or not to support it.
Gary Graff is an award-winning music journalist who not only covers music but has written books on Bob Seger, Neil Young and Bruce Springsteen.