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Jason Bonham Thinks Led Zeppelin Will Play Again

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Despite a lengthy period apart, Jason Bonham insists that Led Zeppelin aren’t retired for good – though he remains unsure of when or where a reunion might occur.

“In my heart of hearts, I do believe we will play together again,” the drummer told Vanyaland. “It remains to be seen if it will be in public or privately, but I do think we will play again.”

He’s certainly spent enough time around the group to know. Aside from being the son of the band’s late co-founding drummer, Bonham has performed with the surviving members a few times over the years. These days, Bonham is touring with the Led Zeppelin Experience, a show focusing on his father’s old music. “I can’t add anything to the greatest drummer in the world,” he readily admitted. “But what I can do is represent him in the best possible way.”

The younger Bonham memorably took his dad’s spot for the Atlantic Records 40th anniversary concert in 1988, Led Zeppelin’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame performance in 1995 and, most recently, at the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at London’s O2 in 2007.

Those concerts, to say nothing of the possibility of future opportunities, still leave Bonham a bit conflicted. “It’s a tough one, ’cause you sat in the greatest drummer in the world’s seat, and it’s your dad’s seat,” he admitted. “There’s part of me that was going, ‘God, I wish he was here to see this.’ And then the other part says, ‘But if he was, you wouldn’t be playing it.'”

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