JAM Magazine Concert Reviews

November 18, 2010
Music Hall at Fair Park
Dallas, TX USA
Review by Andy Laudano
Photos by Andy Laudano

Jason Bonham

Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience

When John "Bonzo" Bonham died on September 25, 1980, the world lost one of the greatest rock drummers of all time, and young Jason Bonham lost his dad. Thirty years later, the son, an amazing drummer himself, paid homage to his father with an emotional celebration of his music called Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience.

This was so much more than just another cheesy tribute band. "This is my story, what my dad and Led Zeppelin meant to me," Jason's voice narrated before the band took the stage. Opening with "Rock And Roll," the talented band of unknowns which included guitarist Tony Catania, bassist Michael Devin, keyboardist Stephen LeBlanc and phenomenal vocalist James Dylan played two sets of Zeppelin classics and deep album cuts.

Many of the songs, including "Thank You" featured personal photographs and priceless home videos. In between songs, Jason would share stories about his dad and getting to play "with my heroes" at the 02 Arena. The first set ended with Jason playing the solo from "Moby Dick" side by side with his father on the big screen. After a short intermission, and a hilarious home video of a young Jason "performing" for his parents, "Good Times, Bad Times," "When The Levee Breaks" and a rousing sing-along version of "The Ocean" brought the crowd to their feet before "Stairway To Heaven" and Jason's personal favorite Zeppelin song, "Kashmir", closed the set.

Catania did a fantastic job with Jimmy Page's material, playing most songs note for note, even breaking out the bow during "Dazed And Confused," alternating from acoustic to 12-string for "Stairway" and playing the theremin solo during the encore, "Whole Lotta Love." Dylan's vocals were dead on, especially in the higher register and on Robert Plant's trademark screams. Sure, Jason could've found a singer with flowing blonde locks and other clone musicians for his band, but I doubt anyone could've played the material with the same passion or authenticity. This was a special show that really captured the spirit of Led Zeppelin. A fitting tribute for a legendary father from his loving son.

Set List:
Rock And Roll
Celabration Day
Black Dog
Your Time Is Gonna Come
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
Dazed And Confused
What Is And What Should Never Be
The Lemon Song
Thank You
Moby Dick
Break
Good Times, Bad Times
I'm Gonna Crawl
Since I've Been Lovin' You
When The Levee Breaks
The Ocean
Over The Hills And Far Away
How Many More Times
Stairway To Heaven
Kashmir
Encore
Whole Lotta Love