JASON BONHAM On Performing On LED ZEPPELIN's Celebration Day - "I’m Blown Away By That, It Shows A Lot Of Trust From Them... It Is Kind Of Heavy"

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Posted on Thursday, November 15, 2012 at 15:32:13 EST

In an interview with Classic Rock Revisted's Jeb Wright, drummer Jason Bonham talks about, among other things, what it mean to him to be invited to play on LED ZEPPELIN's Celebration Day. An excerpt from the interview follows:

Q: Have you seen the movie yet?

A: "I went to the New York premier with Jimmy (Page), Robert (Plant) and John Paul (Jones) and did the press conference. That was a wonderful, wonderful day. Atlantic flew us all in to New York and we all stayed at the same hotel and we hung out in the bar together. It was so different, as we were all drinking coffee and tea, except for Robert. It was great listening to all of the different stories. I sat down at the press conference and I had decided that I wouldn’t say anything until someone said something to me. The first question was for me. It was all a bit too much, really. This is the first product that has ever come out that says ‘Led Zeppelin’ and says ‘Jason Bonham on drums.’ I’m blown away by that. It shows a lot of trust from them. It is kind of heavy. My head goes, “Now the world will see me play.

"We all stayed through the entire movie at the premier. It was an amazing feeling because after each song you had the concert roar, but we also had the people in the theater roaring. I was in tears. When we left, Robert looked at me and said, 'That was so fucking good. I forgot how good we were that night'. It was fantastic. When it came out last week and I was back home, I actually snuck into my local theater with my wife and sat in the middle of theater with my cap on and watched it again, so I could take it all in again. They were applauding in the cinema and there was nobody there to acknowledge their applause. It was an out of body experience and it really took my breath away. After every song they applauded in the cinema; that is a strong thing."

Read the full interview at this location.

In a rare interview, Led Zeppelin guitar legend Jimmy Page spoke with BBC’s Later With Jools Holland about the band's 2007 reunion show that is materializing on their Celebration Day release.

“It was the only gig we did,” Page told Holland. “We didn’t do any warm up gigs. So there was no way we could gauge what we were doing in front of the audience. To be honest with you, it was very powerful on stage. You had some serious moments.”

The concert which was held at the O2 Arena in London on December 10, 2007 was presented as a tribute to Ahmet Ertegun, the late founder of their label, Atlantic Records. Page was joined by singer Robert Plant, bassist John Paul Jones and drummer Jason Bonham, son of the late John Bonham.

As for another Led Zeppelin reunion show, Page is standoffish.

“Well, look, we’re almost two years after the 02 concert and I must say that I thought there might be some other kind of get together, for some reason or another, but as the years tick by - one year, two years, three years, four years, now almost five years - it doesn’t look very likely does it?”

Check out the entire chat below:

Footage of Led Zeppelin performing 'Black Dog', from Celebration Day can be seen below:

On November 19th, Celebration Day will be available in the following video and audio formats from Swan Song/Atlantic Records:

- Standard Editions - 1-DVD/2-CD set and 1-Blu-ray/2-CD set
- Deluxe Editions - 2-DVD/2-CD set and 1-Blu-ray/1-DVD/2-CD set featuring exclusive bonus video content including the Shepperton rehearsals, and BBC news footage.
- Music Only CD Edition - 2-CD set
- Music Only Blu-ray Audio Edition - Blu-ray Audio release featuring high-resolution 48K 24 bit PCM stereo and DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 surround sound audio only, no video
- Vinyl Edition - 3 LPs, 180-gram, audiophile quality vinyl (Available December 11)
- Digital Edition - Audio will be available at all digital retail outlets

CD artwork:

Celebration Day tracklisting:
'Good Times Bad Times'
'Ramble On'
'Black Dog'
'In My Time Of Dying'
'For Your Life'
'Trampled Under Foot '
'Nobody’s Fault But Mine'
'No Quarter'
'Since I’ve Been Loving You'
'Dazed And Confused'
'Stairway To Heaven'
'The Song Remains The Same'
'Misty Mountain Hop'
'Whole Lotta Love'
'Rock And Roll'

DVD artwork:

Two trailers for the release can be seen below:

Music Dispatch, has announced the matching tab book for Celebration Day, due soon via Alfred Publishing. The tab folio features 'Whole Lotta Love', 'Kashmir', 'Stairway to Heaven', 'Good Times, Bad Times', 'Black Dog', 'Rock and Roll', 'Nobody's Fault But Mine', 'Misty Mountain Hop', 'No Quarter' and many more Zeppelin classics.

Check out Amazon pre-orders for Celebration Day in various formats below: