A Led Zeppelin reunion? How does a Led Zeppelin Experience sound instead? Because members of the legendary band appear content in not reuniting, Jason Bonham, the son of the band’s late drummer John Bonham, is taking matters into his own hands. Specifically, Bonham will be embarking on what is being billed the Led Zeppelin Experience, a multimedia event that promises to tell the story of Led Zeppelin from start to finish.
According to LedZeppelinNews.com, the tour will feature Bonham on drums alongside other professional musicians who will replicate the Led Zeppelin sound. As a backdrop to the music, each concert is to feature an elaborate video screen onstage to make the Led Zeppelin story come alive.
A further description of the tour (via booking company The Agency Group) continues as followed:
Using hand picked session players to fill the roles of the original members, like Rain, Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience will perform the band’s material with heavy usage of video to assist in tell[ing] the history of Led Zeppelin. The show will carry you from the early days as the band discovered and shared their magical chemistry with LA scenesters at the Whiskey. Multiple set changes take you through Zeppelin’s meteoric climb as you are transported to Madison Square Garden in 1973, Earls Court Arena in 1975, The Knebworth Festival in 1979 and closing with the O2 arena show where Jason joined the band for their final farewell performance.
The tour will reportedly utilize state of the art sound, multi-media video presentation and period specific drum kits — the same ones used by John Bonham. Earlier this year, Jason Bonham perhaps provided a preview of what’s to come when he attempted to perform an onstage duet of the Zeppelin classic “Moby Dick” with his father appearing on a video screen behind him. You can check out the end result below.
In all, 30 shows are planned for North American, however, exact specifics have yet to be announced. According to Bonham, the tour is currently slated for either the summer or fall of 2010.