Greta Van Fleet Hype Could Ruin Them, Says Jason Bonham
Jason Bonham said he was worried that the hype associated with rising-star band Greta Van Fleet could ruin them. The Michigan group has drawn comparisons to Led Zeppelin since they began its career, and the quartet has even received a nod from Robert Plant.
But Bonham, who replaced his late father John Bonham for Zeppelin’s 2007 reunion show, isn’t certain that such comparisons, which focus chiefly on singer Josh Kiszka, are good for the young band. “Just because [Kiszka] sings high and he does his hand-on-the-hip thing, I just worry the hype that the band are getting, it will ruin them,” Bonham told Q103 in a new interview.
“I wish them all the very best," he added. "People should just love them for what they are and not try and keep comparing them to Led Zeppelin, because it will kill them in the end. It will sometimes hurt them. Trust me – I know that, because, for me, it takes a hell of a lot when you play drums and your dad is John Bonham. The comparisons can sometimes be the hardest things to get past.”
You can listen to the interview below.
Bonham also noted that he thought Greta Van Fleet sounded more like the Black Crowes than Led Zeppelin.
Elsewhere in the interview, he recalled a failed attempt at persuading Jimmy Page and the other surviving members of Zeppelin to include a change-of-pace section in their reunion show.
“I said, 'Why don't you guys do an acoustic bit in the O2 show?'" Bonham said. "They said, 'No, no.' I said, 'I'd love to hear you guys do 'Tangerine' or 'Going to California.' They went and grabbed the acoustics, sat on the couch and did 'Tangerine' and 'Going to California'. It was surreal.”