Jason Bonham is an English drummer. Bonham is perhaps best known for being the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. After his father’s death in September of 1980, he played with Led Zeppelin on different occasions, including the Ahmet Ertegün Tribute Concert at The O2 Arena in London in 2007.
Bonham first began playing drums at the age of four, and appeared with his father in the film The Song Remains the Same, drumming on a scaled-down kit. At 17, he joined his first band, Airrace. In 1985, he joined Virginia Wolf, making two albums and touring the US supporting the Firm.
In 1988, Bonham joined former Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page for his Outrider album and tour. In May of the same year, Bonham appeared with the three surviving members of Led Zeppelin for a performance at Atlantic Records 40th Anniversary concert in New York City.
In 2010, Bonham formed Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience, a live homage to his father’s band, which toured worldwide during 2011. Bonham more recently played drums, along with sisters Ann and Nancy Wilson of the group Heart on vocals and guitar respectively, for a performance of Stairway to Heaven during the Led Zeppelin tribute at the Kennedy Center Honors in December 2012 while band members Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones looked on.
In 2013, Bonham’s Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience toured with Heart.
Later that year, he teamed up again with Glenn Hughes to form a new rock band, which became California Breed, adding the young guitarist Andrew Watt.
In 2014, Bonham joined Sammy Hagar’s supergroup The Circle. The band featured Led Zeppelin tracks along with songs from Hagar’s various career projects, such as Montrose, Van Halen, and Chickenfoot.