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Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience (Tour)

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Jason, JPJ & Robert all performed in California this weekend...although not together. :lol:

Press/media coverage of the opening dates of this leg of the JBLZE tour has been sparse (none so far) but the first two shows were well received by fans:

Neil Conway - The show last night (Napa oct 5th..3rd row).........BLEW me away ! the whole experience was just amazing.......! what a marksman on the drums..! (and band members)...such a triute to your father... I did expreience LZ in "77"..Oakland Stadium at age 17....Your show will forever be in my RNR encripted memory chip...............

Cathy Silva Hawkinson - Saw your show last Sat in Reno! really enjoyed it. Saw Zep at Kezar SF in 73. Was in front row. Thank U 4 bringing back memories!

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Thanks to an Angel(not sure if she has a broken wing or not) on this forum, I was gifted two tickets to JBLZE's show at the Greek this Thursday!!!

I'll try to stop by your booth, Rock Square. Are there any other Forum members going to the Greek show that would like to meet up?

I'm kind of GEEKED about the show as for one reason or another, I had to miss the two previous times the JBLZE played Los Angeles(The Greek and The Pantages). I know I've said many times how tribute bands don't interest me but this is different...Jason Bonham is FAMILY!

Plus, many people whose opinions and judgments I trust have raved about this show. So, yes, I'm pretty stoked.

Merci beaucoup to my Angel!

Edited by Strider

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Jason has a photo shoot scheduled with Frank Melfi in Los Angeles tomorrow. Frank intends to share the best of the bunch. :thumbsup:

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Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience 2012 - @ The Greek Theater Los Angeles,

Thanks floreed2

Edited by Deborah J

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Strider.....I hope you didn't get rained on.

No rain. Fortunately the rain and thunder stopped before showtime. Sorry I haven't posted a review of the concert yet. Trying to go thru my photos to see if any are worth posting and my nephew's birthday is tomorrow.

Had a good time for the most part. The best part for me was seeing the Bonham family films...I'd never seen any of these before. Loved watching him as a kid playing along to Dr. John and Bonzo playing to "Nutbush City Limits! Priceless stuff and brought a tear to my eye and a smile to my face.

The setlist was pretty good...including "That's the Way" and "Going to California", which according to Jason, they only play in California. "Fool in the Rain" was a great surprise...as was "Out on the Tiles", which was kind of a mess in spots.

But I'll elaborate on that, and the rest of the concert when I have more time and my photos sorted. Once again, a big thank you to Patty, who made it all possible.

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Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience

@ The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA

October 11, 2012

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Photo Credit: Frank Melfi

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Photo Credit: Frank Melfi

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Photo Credit: Frank Melfi

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Photo Credit: Frank Melfi

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No rain. Fortunately the rain and thunder stopped before showtime. Sorry I haven't posted a review of the concert yet. Trying to go thru my photos to see if any are worth posting and my nephew's birthday is tomorrow.

Had a good time for the most part. The best part for me was seeing the Bonham family films...I'd never seen any of these before. Loved watching him as a kid playing along to Dr. John and Bonzo playing to "Nutbush City Limits! Priceless stuff and brought a tear to my eye and a smile to my face.

The setlist was pretty good...including "That's the Way" and "Going to California", which according to Jason, they only play in California. "Fool in the Rain" was a great surprise...as was "Out on the Tiles", which was kind of a mess in spots.

But I'll elaborate on that, and the rest of the concert when I have more time and my photos sorted. Once again, a big thank you to Patty, who made it all possible.

Curious to read your review when you get some time. Thinking about perhaps making a drive (a rather long one) to see it next month.

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JBLZE Rocked Fancy Spring Casino in Indio Ca Sat Oct 13th

For you^^ :-)

Jason Bonham and the Led Zeppelin Exp. 10-13-12

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JBLZE Rocked Fancy Spring Casino in Indio Ca Sat Oct 13th

Care to give a quick review if you have a chance? Thanks.

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Care to give a quick review if you have a chance? Thanks.

Sorry I don't give good reviews, not my cup of tea of writing reviews..

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Sorry I don't give good reviews, not my cup of tea of writing reviews..

Not a problem. Thanks for responding. Cheers.

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We're not professional writers here (some may be). Give it a try. Just your feelings and perspective will do! Many of us would like to read this.

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Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience @ The Greek Theatre, Hollywood, CA. Thursday October 11, 2012.

Weather was weird all day. Alternately sunny then cloudy. By the afternoon when I went to Universal City to get my tickets for the "Celebration Day" screening on Oct. 18, I could literally see the sky divided in half from the top of the hill where Universal Studios and the Citywalk are located.

To the west there was sun and blue sky, but to the east there were threatening storm clouds, dark, gloomy and grey. It was east where the Greek Theatre lay and I began to worry about the possibility of the show being cancelled. Especially when the rain and thunder could be heard.

Oh, maybe that's just Jason doing a soundcheck. I checked my concert tickets and saw that it said "Rain or Shine". I guess the show will go on no matter what, so I relaxed. Still a few hours to go before showtime anyway...time for the storm to pass through.

Which it did. By 8pm, I was in my seat at the Greek...Section B, Row Q...and there was no rain. I went alone to the show. Couldn't take my godson as it was a school night. Same with my nephew. All my friends and siblings either had to work, rehearsals, therapy, or some other event to attend. No problem...certain shows I like going alone. No distractions.

I think I have mentioned before I am not big on seeing tribute bands. I had only seen 3 in my life...Wild Child(a Doors tribute band) when they opened for the Porno for Pyros Halloween show at the Mayan Theatre in the 90s, Hell's Belles(all-girl AC/DC tribute) at some club in Hollywood in the early 2000s, and Lez Zeppelin(all-girl Led Zeppelin tribute...maybe even all-lesbian? I was never sure) at the El Rey Theatre in 2005.

So I wasn't sure how I would like the Jason Bonham Led Zeppelin Experience, even though it featured the son of John Bonham, a link of DNA that other tribute bands lack. But I had heard so many people express their enthusiasm for the show, and had read about the Bonham family films that Jason showed, that I was looking forward to the experience.

The show started around 8:20pm. First a series of photos and film clips of a young John Bonham, as a voice I presumed to be Jason narrated the flow of images...Bonzo as a kid, with his dad, on a boat...then older as he went through school until he became recognizable as the Bonham we saw on the back of the first Led Zeppelin album. Then, superimposed over Bonzo's face was Jason's, as a little boy.

The band came on as Jason said hello and took his place behind his drum kit. The show kicked off with "Rock and Roll" and the first thing I noticed was that he didn't play the intro correctly. The next thing I noticed was that the singer was bearded and bald, a shocking combination for someone used to having his Led Zeppelin sung to him by Robert Plant.

I can't remember all the names of the band...Jason of course was on drums, playing a slightly modified kit from his father. Only one tympani, not two...and no Paiste cymbals; Zyldjian instead. Jason's rack tom didn't look as big as John's either. The guitar player was named Tony, and played all the trademark Jimmy guitars. According to Jason, Tony's been playing with Jason the longest. The bald singer was James Dylan, and unfortunately the cold night wasn't doing him any favours. His seemed to be struggling with his voice at times, lacking power. There was also a bass player and a keyboard player who also doubled on 2nd guitar and pedal steel guitar. A harmonica player showed up during "When the Levee Breaks", to make it a grand total of six musicians on stage.

Here's the setlist for the night:

1. Rock and Roll

2. Celebration Day

3. Over the Hills and Far Away

4. The Song Remains the Same

5. Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You

6. Out on the Tiles

7. Since I've Been Loving You

8. Four Sticks

9. Moby Dick

20-minute Intermission

10. The Ocean

11. No Quarter

12. That's the Way

13. Going to California

14. Fool in the Rain

15. When the Levee Breaks

16. Kashmir

17. Stairway to Heaven

Encore:

18. Whole Lotta Love

The concert ended just before the 11pm. curfew. I won't go into a song-by-song breakdown. The playing for the most part was adequate, even very good on some songs such as "Celebration Day" and "The Song Remains the Same". I like the way Tony hit the note bend at the end of the main riff, as on the record. Another interesting part of the show was seeing them do certain songs and imagining what if Led Zeppelin had tried it that way. For instance, on "Stairway", Tony had an acoustic guitar on a stand, so he could play the opening part on acoustic before switching to the double-neck for the rest of the song. It added a nice touch, as one of the beautiful moments of "Stairway" is the madrigal feel of the opening with the acoustic and recorder. Tony also did the same acoustic to electric switch on "Babe I'm Gonna Leave You".

There were also song surprises like "Four Sticks", "Fool in the Rain", and "Out on the Tiles", which proved a little difficult as Tony and/or Jason kept missing each other on the turnaround, so they never quite meshed when the next verse was supposed to start. According to Jason, they only play certain songs when they're in California..."Going to California" and "That's the Way", so that was nice. They even append a sort of electric jam at the end of "That's the Way".

Because Led Zeppelin never did "Fool in the Rain" in concert, it was one of the highlights of the night for me. Mainly because it was one song I could listen to without my mind instantly comparing it to a previous Led Zeppelin performance. And Jason played his arse off on this song. Actually, he played pretty well all night...even the "Moby Dick" duel with his dad via filmclip was great. He held his own.

The other live Zeppelin rarities, "Out on the Tiles", "Four Sticks", and a monstrous "When the Levee Breaks"(where they had the ingenious idea to use Bonzo's actual drum track for the song) all worked well for me, precisely because of their low profile on the bootlegs.

The problem for me was when they did the more commonly played songs such as "OTHAFA", "No Quarter", "Whole Lotta Love" and the like. For the most part, the band seemed to use the 1973 tour arrangements for the songs(as heard on TSRTS film and soundtrack)...and edited versions at that. But while the band was playing like it was 1973, the singer was singing the songs the way they were recorded on the original studio albums. Which wasn't so bad on "Celebration Day", "Over the Hills and Far Away" or "Rock and Roll", but it was awkward and unnerving on "No Quarter", "Stairway", and a few others.

Take "No Quarter"...the arrangement on the studio version is very different to the live version from 1973. That's why Plant doesn't sing it like he did on the album...in concert, he emphasizes the different pace, and builds and releases the tension in concert with what Jimmy, Jones and Bonzo are doing. So it makes no sense, musically or emotionally, to sing NQ the studio way while the band is playing it the TSRTS way. It creates a disconnect.

This happened several times during the show, which is why in the final analysis, I would say overall it was just a fairly good show musically speaking, with the vocals being the weakest link. But the cold weather might have been the blame for that.

I have saved the best for last, though. What clearly made this concert worthwhile to see and why I would advise anyone who is a Led Zeppelin fan to go see it, even if you don't care for the whole "tribute band" idea, were the films Jason showed of his dad and his family. The clips of Jason as a kid dancing while John is cracking up...or of little Jason drumming to Dr. John's "Right Place Wrong Time"...and Bonzo grooving to Ike & Tina Turner's "Nutbush City Limits"...they are all priceless glimpses behind the scenes. A chance to see John as a father and husband.

To hear Jason get emotional and his voice crack as he talked about his dad showed the love that still beats in his heart for John...and how he still misses him so and how much he lost. You couldn't help but not get emotional, too.

It was those moments that made the concert most worth going to for me.

After the concert I went to get one of the souvenir posters or t-shirts for the nice person who gave me my tickets only to find they were all sold out. Drats!

Anyway, jb, I hope this answers your questions...if you or anyone else has any more questions regarding the show, just ask. Most of my photos came out lame, as I wasn't close enough for my camera. But I was able to get down to the front before the show and after to get some of Jason's kit. You can see me reflected in the bass drum in the last photo.

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