Led Zeppelin reunion: ‘We had to keep it in the family’

Robert Plant stresses the Bonham connection

Led Zeppelin have explained how important it was to keep their reformation within the band “family” ahead of Monday’s (December 10) reunion show.

The band will reunited at the O2 Arena in London with Jason Bonham on the drums, replacing his father John, who died in 1980, leading to the band’s initial split.

Now frontman Robert Plant has explained how the band would not have reunited if it wasn’t for the family connection with their new drummer.

“I’ve know the Bonham family since I was 15 and I know Pat, John’s widow. I’ve know Jason since he was born,” he told The Sun’s Something For The Weekend.

“I’ve spent so much time talking to Jason over the years. He’s such a good guy and I’ve got very close,” he added. “Jason’s such a great drummer and he’s now in his reformation character.”

Meanwhile ahead of the band’s gig at the O2 Arena on December 10 we want you to vote for what you think is their best song.

All you have to do is head to our Led Zeppelin song vote now and give each track a score out of ten.

We will then count up all the scores and bring you the ultimate Led Zeppelin setlist according to your votes ahead of next Monday’s gig.

In the meantime read NME.COM’s brief history of Led Zeppelin.

NME.COM will be bringing you comprehensive coverage of the Led Zeppelin reunion. We will be bringing you the build-up all week, while on December 10 we will have live coverage straight from the 02 Arena including news, pictures and a special blog.

Stay tuned to NME.COM for all the action, plus check out our sister site Uncut.co.uk for more.