Jason Bonham Recalls Jimmy Page Turning Him On To Coke At 16
Jason Bonham revealed that it was none-other than his father's Led Zeppelin bandmate Jimmy Page that introduced him to cocaine. During a chat with Howard Stern, the now 52-year-old drummer, who fronts Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening, recalled "We got called to his room. I was 16 at this point, and there was a woman on the floor with a collar on, meowing, and he had this grinder thing and he turned it over and he went, 'Here you go,' and I went, 'Thanks.' He’s like, 'You’ve done this before, right?' And I’m like, 'Yeah, of course I have.' So he handed it over and I just did all of it, and he went, 'Just like your father -- y'know, that was supposed to be for all of us.'"
Jason, who subbed for his late-father John Bonham during Led Zeppelin's 2007 reunion show, got his break drumming for Page on his 1988 Outrider tour, went on to remember: "I would be doing blow, and they found out, so Jimmy cut his guitar solo short. I was halfway down into the dressing rooms and I suddenly hear (that) I’m supposed to come in now. . . So we ran back and Jimmy’s just standing there. He was angry because we didn’t offer him any!"
Jason Bonham, who lost his father when he was only 14-years-old, felt as though his whole life had been building up to drumming for Zeppelin on December 10th, 2007 in London: "But for me, as I said, it was a huge, huge honor to play. And all I was concentrating on the night, 'cause I knew there was that many people there -- I was just concentrating who was on the stage. I just wanted to impress my mates here, my dad's friends."
On May 10th, the Circle -- featuring Sammy Hagar, Michael Anthony, Jason Bonham, and guitarist Vic Johnson -- will release its first album of all original material, titled Space Between. The band kicks off its next string of dates on April 19th at Reno, Nevada's Grand Theatre.