Jason Bonham: First Experience with Led Zeppelin Live was Frightening

Scott K Fish

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Jason Bonham: First Experience with Led Zeppelin Live was Frightening

SKF NOTE: This is an excerpt from my 1988 interview with Jason Bonham. The first excerpt and background story are posted here.

Putting some perspective on this post, Jason Bonham was 10- or 11-years old in 1977

Scott K Fish: Did you ever get to go on tour with your dad [John Bonham] when you were a kid? And watch [Led Zeppelin] play live?

Jason Bonham: I went with them on the '77 tour. A couple of shows. We went down to Florida and played in Florida for a few days. And then we went to Tampa Stadium.

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The band was onstage for something like 20-minutes and torrential rain - all of a sudden - came down. You could see the canopies above the stage billowing, full of water. And it was like, Panic Stations!

I think Jimmy [Page] got a short and very quick little shock. So they said, "We've got to stop the gig." And all I remember was we were all in the dressing room, and all of a sudden the guy [body guard?] burst in and picked me up under his arm, and picked Peter Grant's son up under his arm - Warren [Grant] - and yelled, "GO! GO! GO!"

I didn't even know what was going on.

What had happened was, the band didn't go back onstage. And the audience didn't like this. Although it was torrential rain, the audience had broke down all the barricades and there was 87,000 kids running down towards us. And we was running for the limousines.

15-Minute Break/'Teenage Riot.' Led Zeppelin, Tampa 6/3/1977

I remember just looking around and it was like seeing a riot running towards you.

We all jumped in the cars, and 15- or 20-seconds after we got in the cars, it was like they all piled onto the cars. Police bikes being knocked over. They wrecked something like eight limos.

I remember being thrown onto Jimmy Page's lap. He was like, "Oh, hello Jason. How are you?"

I was going, "What's happening, mom?" I was really terrified. And my mom was going, "No, it's alright. It's alright." But, y'know, she was worried to death as well.

My dad was trying to calm everyone down.

But that was the first experience of [Led Zeppelin] live [that] I saw. It was frightening.

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My sister got FREE tickets 2 for nights and so I got to see him 2 nights in a row. The show was a bit different the second night. It was great. Jason's chops are very good.