Jason Bonham: The Last Time I Remember My Father Showing Me Anything

Scott K Fish

Silver Member
SKF NOTE: In January 1988 I did a phone interview with 21-year old Jason Bonham. Parts of this interview were published as a profile in a magazine whose name I've forgotten. Jason was in England. I was living in Maryland.

Jason's band, "Bonham," recorded their debut album, The Disregard of Timekeeping, in 1988, released it in 1989. I heard the album, liked it and Jason's drumming very much, but can't remember if I heard the album at the time of this interview. Perhaps I had an advance copy of the album.*

I rediscovered the typed transcript to this interview today, read it again, and there are several Jason stories I think should be on the public record - as they were meant to be. This is one of them
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Jason Bonham: The last time I remember my father showing me anything was when I was 12- or 13-years old; where there was a great drum fill on...Turn It On Again by Genesis. There was a time change in there, and I couldn't get this time change.

He came and he said, "Very easy. What you just do is, you clip the hi-hat, and it changes. And this is what the snare drum sounds like."

Okay.

We were both at these two kits playing to it. And he use to love playing to that song. It was one of his favorites to play to. And he respected Phil Collins' drumming very much.

But it was one of those songs where it really got me going, because I couldn't figure out the little hitch in the timing. That little hi-hat part. He said, "Come on. Play it together, then." We were there for hours and hours and hours, and we had great fun.

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opentune

Platinum Member
Neat story. Can see JB liking that. Collins' 80's stuff gets a lot of guff on this board but there are some great grooves on the whole Duke album.
 

alparrott

Platinum Member
To have been a fly on the wall as father and son bonded together over the drums. Thanks, Fish. Just got done watching Celebration Day, which I think is the best testament yet from Jason to John. A wonderful legacy!
 

Scott K Fish

Silver Member
DrumEatDrum - Drums and Drumming sounds right. Thank you for your great memory. I remember saving a copy of whatever magazine it was. If I come across it going through boxes of my stuff I will add that info here.

Best, skf
 

philrudd

Senior Member
Neat story. Can see JB liking that. Collins' 80's stuff gets a lot of guff on this board but there are some great grooves on the whole Duke album.
Say it again!

Absolutely agree. Abacab, too, has some excellent drumming on it. Bonham knew a great drummer when he saw one.
 

New Tricks

Platinum Member
Big Phil Collins fan. I listened to this song 2000 times in the 80's but I never tried to play it.....until I read this thread today.

It's not one of those changes that just fall in place the third time through.

Now I feel compelled to figure it out so,..... thanks <sarcasm
 
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