Jason Bonham is very proud of the legacy that his father left behind, and so he should be! The world's all-time greatest drummer, John Bonham, receives a humble tribute from his son in the new CD aptly titled "In the Name Of My Father - The Zepset".
A newly-formed Jason Bonham Band began performing Zep songs just for kicks and since they all knew the material it was a good way to "test the water" as a new group. A handful of small charity shows were planned but it quickly grew to a full tribute tour as audience reaction was overwhelming.
While on tour, Jason would occasionally tape a show, to get an idea of what it sounded like. I'd sometimes listen with the band right after a show - We were all amazed at how great it was on tape, and it was different every night. The idea of recording the set at New York's famed Electric Ladyland studio was initially done only for "posterity", recorded June 17th, 1996.
"In The Name of My Father - The Zepset" captures this historic performance for the world to enjoy, in a raw, powerful and emotional set of some of Led Zeppelin's classics including: Communication Breakdown", "The Song Remains the Same", "Ten Years Gone", and "Since I've Been Loving You". Cleverly arranged medleys, segues and jams add a spice of new life into the songs.
Superb drumming throughout emphasizes Jason's hard work and dedication, playing the Zeppelin songs like no-one else can. Guitarist Tony Catania is hauntingly similar to Jimmy Page while still showcasing his own unique style. John Smithson provides solid bass and keyboards as his years of experience playing with Jason pay off. Strong, belting vocals from Charles West round up this new line-up.
All proceeds are being donated to the John Bonham Memorial Motorcycle Camp and the Big Sisters of Los Angeles. "My father was a very charitable man", says Jason. "I'm following his example. It's a joy for me to be able to play these wonderful songs and give a little something back to help a few young people find their way."
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