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  1. I loved Bonham's two albums and I loved Daniel's voice. I am Jason's age and with no disrespect to him as I may have posted before on here ( a long time ago ) seem to play the drums in a eerily similar style. I am glad he is getting around to playing some of his older 80's stuff. It was good no matter how much it sounded like Zep.
  2. I was 11 when we lost Bonzo. R.I.P. My sympathies to his remaining family and the rest of the band. Thank you Bonzo for putting some "balls" into drumming. There are many many drummers who have come before and after but they sound like they are "playing on notebooks". I HATE that wimpy dead sounding bullshitsky to put it nice. You brought out the cannons and I thank you for that. To add to one other post......... "on percussion, John Henry Bonham, over the top-top-top-TOP-TOP-TOP-TOP-TOP-TOP-TOP" Try to think of not only Moby Dick and Pat's Delight, and some of the after mentioned tunes but also, The Wanton Song and the live version of The Immigrant Song. Aye yie yie! How did I forget " Fool In The Rain" ? What a clasic shuffle!! This separates most of us "bashers" (yes, I admit my heavy hands overshine my lesser mastered technique) from The Master. Most and I stress, MOST Bonham copy cats get his "ONE, TWO bass drum and snare beats down but they/we cannot reproduce his almost silent lesser known technique on the snare. gotta try to hear it! Tea For One has a lot of this technique in a easier to hear forum. peace! Popeye
  3. Hi everyone! I want to chime in that I like both the Firm and Coverdale/Page, but I hear them as being so different so depending on the mood I am in I might lean towards one over the other. I realize that many people are "offended" that Pagey would work with Coverdale, and David's influence might have "80'd" the sound of the songs, but everyone would have to admit that Page BURNED on that album from start to finish. I feel very strongly that if they had used a drummer more like Jason, Michael Lee, Cozy Powell (can't think if he was even alive but he is a good example), Tommy Aldridge or anyone with more "live & open" drum sound, that this collaboration would have been more accepted by classic rock fans. I would definitely listen to it more but i hate the drum sound for that type of music. It sounds wimpy. Denny Carmassi is a great drummer, but he has a very "shallow", "dry" and "controlled" drum sound. That can change the feel of a song very drastically. Especially because his snare sound is so "dry". His drum sound is actually almost the exact opposite of those drummers I mentioned above, with maybe the exception of Cozy Powell. Cozy also liked a "dryer" drum sound for a "rock drummer" although being a power player he still had some "depth" to his snare, kick drum and toms. A good example of what i am trying to describe is try listening to the original version of Heart's Barracuda and comparing it a version with the line up that included Carmassi. It does not have the same "feel" even though he may be playing it note for note. I realize that any version with Carmassi playing the drums on it is probably live, and some situations back then he used electronic toms but he usually used a "real" snare and that only makes my point more. Obviously the sound of a studio album versus a live album will have some differences because of all the variables added to the live recording but the drum sound is what it is and should actually gain some "depth" and "fullness" live. Denny's drum kit actually sounds weaker when he is live. Check it out and then picture Coverdale/Page with a real drum sound. AWESOME! peace! Pop I
  4. Hey everyone, I did find a picture of Zep/Jason where you can see his cowbell mounted over his floor toms. I want to thank The people who posted links to pics in another thread because that is where I found this. Pic of Jason showing cowbell over his floor toms Jason, if you are reading this, I want to let you know that you were amazing the night of the reunion (i was not there but I have a copy of the whole concert). I have always been a big fan of your dad's and when you came along I really felt a connection to you. I do not want to insult you, but I really have a similar style to yours, although right now I am not playing actively so you'd kick my ass admittedly. It is uncanny how I seem to have the same weaknesses and the same strengths in my playing style that you have. I love & own all of your Bonham & Jason Bonham Band work and I wish I could have seen those bands live. I first fell in love with your playing when I heard you on Page's Outrider piece. I love how you play on "Wasting My Time". My point is not about me but to tell you that you "rock" because you "rock", not just because you are John Bonham's son. While that is awesome that you are able to honor your father's legacy by playing such an amazing tribute, you should know that you are great on your own merits and we all love & respect you for that. You should be so proud that you performed so well because if you were not as good as you are, and did not put in so much effort to be that good, we both know that even though you are Bonzo's son, people would have been complaining that the reunion should not have been done without your dad. But that didn't happen because you were better than great. I have read how so many people think you were the "glue" that night and that your energy and approach to the songs brought the reunion to another level. peace! Popeye!
  5. good Morning !! They are playing a bootleg copy. I have the same one. Sounds like Slowburn's copy. Not bad, but you could hear the drop in quality from the Aerosmith song that played right before this concert started. peace! Popeye !
  6. I am impressed HoneyDripper! You picked up and explained this technique so incredibly well. AWESOME! I think that part of Bonzo's sound is now considered "old". Some, but not all of Jason's differences are due to modern miking techniques, Jason's personal preferences in tuning because of how he likes the sticks & kick pedal to rebound off the drum heads, and the natural difference on how he and Bonzo hit the drums. No two drummers drum the same so even two drummers playing on the same kit will sound different. I also wanted to add that after listening to a few bootlegs, Jason's snare sound sounded pretty close to his dad's. It has a nice ring to it. Some of the YouTube clips have a sound that has a "dryer" snare drum sound that some of the bootlegs. peace! Popeye
  7. Thank you too Rock Action for agreeing with me & for letting me know where Mr Lee played previously. I love the Cult so I am a bit embarrassed that I didn't know that he played with them. I always think of Matt Sorum as the "good" Cult drummer. I have to reinvestigate my Cult albums to see if i have ones Lee played on. Thanks man! Popeye!
  8. Hi Steve ! I agree with you with this statement. While i am a younger Zep fan, I'm 38, Kelly Hansen is from my teenage years. He was lead singer in Hurricane. They were really good. He definitely has Tyler influeneces. He also sounds like Lou Graham on some of the songs although his voice is different. It is sort of weird that an old rocker like Mick would turn to younger former metal heads to make up the bulk of his band - Jason formerly of Bonham on drums, Hansen formerly of Hurricane to sing, and Jeff Pilson formelry of Dokken on bass but i like their sound. peace! Popeye
  9. I respect your opinion but I strongly disagree. As a drummer, I have to say Michael Lee played the best out of all drummers up until Jason. I would say that putting aside all the sentimental talk about Jason filling his dads shoes, trying to keep Zeppelin "in the family", and keeping the legitamacy of the name LED ZEP without Bonzo, you could swap out Michael for Jason on any night and the songs would not sound different. He played very close to Bonzo's style. He used all of Bonzo's trade mark fills and didn't try to change the songs. In fact, I have not heard him outside of Page & Plant so I honestly do not even know his actual drumming "style". To me he is a Bonham imitator/clone because he played so true to the songs. He also wailed the crap out of the drums (like Bonzo & Jason) and he had a fantastic drum sound that was similar to Bonham's - big, loud, and open. I do not know what else he could have done to fit in. my 2 cents today
  10. Jason had a real cow bell over his floor toms just like his dad did. I saw a picture of it over the last few days but now i cannot find where i saw it! If i do i will post it. peace!
  11. Hey thanks for posting those pics and settling my mind. It is definitley YELLOW awesome! Thank you!
  12. I like how his dad's 3 rings symbol are on the underside of the cymbals! great touch! I think the kit was amber to replicate his dad's kit and not yellow, however. I think because Jason's kit was lit up more because of the hi-tech lighting it looked yellow but I am just guessing. I think us drummers can discuss this without a "blow out" like those in the other threads. I think the yellow vistalites are too light to look amber with lighting on them but the amber can look lighter or darker depending on the lighting. Bonzo's kit did not usually have so much white light on them so they always looked "darker" from what i can tell. I would like to know for sure just for grins and giggles now that this has come up. If anyone finds a definitive source with this info please post. Thanks to all! peace! Pop I
  13. THANK YOU to all who have shared in this thread! I am so jealous of those who attended! I am so proud of the group ! They really seemed to have kicked ass! I am especially proud for Jason. He really did his dad justice. Unfortunately for him, the last reunions that he drummed for were of poor sound quality/mix so he came across "weak", but he has always had his dad's heavy hand, and that was never the case. It just seems that last night he really put his heart behind playing his parts more accurate & it came across loud and clear. Jason, if you ever read this - GREAT JOB, MAN, I AM SURE THAT YOUR DAD IS VERY PROUD OF YOU AS A PERSON AND FOR YOUR PERFORMANCE LAST NIGHT! I bet my dad was sitting next to yours somewhere last night watching you - my dad loved Kashmir !!! peace! Pop I
  14. Hey great photos people, thanks for the link. Did anyone notice the special cymbals Jason is using? His Zildjians have his father's symbol, the three intertwined circles, imprinted on the underside of them. Very cool! He also is using a Ludwig Amber Vistalite 5-Piece like his dad used rather than his usual DW kit. AWESOME!! I wish i was there! Pop I
  15. Yes, that was my point. I was making fun of myself for bringing up Wikpedia after a few other posts made comments that it was rediculous. I thought it was well known that this song is out. I guess it was funnier in my head than how i posted it. Too much coffee today!
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