Bonham isn't sure such a performance would be public, however
Led Zeppelin‘s replacement drummer Jason Bonham – who took the place of his late father John Bonham at a one-off show in 2007, and an earlier 90s reunion show – has said he thinks the band will play together again, despite Robert Plant’s 2016 solo tour quenching rumours of a reunion next year.
Zeppelin almost reformed as a supergroup following the 2007 gig in London, going through auditions for a number of vocal replacements for Plant, and also wrote some music without the front man, but the tour didn’t go ahead after Jimmy Page broke his finger.
“In my heart of hearts… I do believe we will play together again. It remains to be seen if it will be in public or privately, but I do think we will play again.”
Bonham also revealed he has spoken with Robert Plant about continuing after the London show in 2007.
“I had a personal talk with Robert,” he said “and what we talked about was very special, and I totally respect his wishes. It was between us and I’m grateful that we had time to talk about that. Then I got a call from Jimmy’s manager at the time, and we were going to get together and do a side project. So basically me, Jimmy and John Paul Jones got together on a few occasions to see if we could do something.
“We started writing together, and there was a possibility of a couple of different singers — which has all been documented now. As Jimmy said, “We were never gonna call it Led Zeppelin.” We had a great time; I love Steven [Tyler] and I love Myles [Kennedy] — they were both great. It’s a very special memory in my life.”
Jimmy Page said as recently as August that he “can’t foresee” a reunion, however.
“We tried it a few times,” Page said of the various attempts at reuniting. “It always seemed to be done in a hurry and it never worked. That’s why the O2 show was done with such intent. We rehearsed loads so that Jason—John’s son—felt like he was part of the band and not just some novelty. We all needed it to be that way. But I can’t foresee doing it again, because we all have to agree and agree for the right reasons.”
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