During in a recent interview with The Eddie Trunk Podcast, son of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, Jason Bonham, has revealed a tragic story about how he mourned his father at Led Zeppelin’s “Celebration Day” show.
He said that “next morning I went to his grave and I buried them with him. I said, ‘Have them back. They’re yours again.”.
Here’s the story:
“At the O2, it was my idea, at the end of ‘Rock And Roll’, for the lights to go out and it would go to one, if not six or whatever, of the best endings of ‘Rock And Roll’ from Dad. I said, “Can we end the O2 show, the ‘Celebration Day’ show…?’ where [Robert Plant sings], ‘Loney, loney, lonely, lonely, lonely time,’ and it goes to different versions from all the different tours, and, say, pick six or four of the best ones that we have in good-quality film, I guess.
And you know what the guys said to me was? ‘You worked so hard all night to stop people comparing you. Why do you wanna give it back to him at the end?’ And that was a really weird, touching moment for me. But at the same time, I wanted to go, ‘But it’s my dad.’ And he goes, ‘They’ll never forget him. Don’t worry.’ But, he goes, ‘What you need to do is you go out there and you remind them that you’re his son and this is what he gave you.’
So it was very special. But I really wanted to give it to him again. So, in the end, what I did was I kept the -drum- sticks that I had on me as I walked off stage. I drove home, and the next morning I went to his grave and I buried them with him. I said, ‘Have them back. They’re yours again.‘”
He also talked about the possibility of hologram John Bonham and said:
“I’d love to be able to try and do something in that way. I think that would be an amazing way to honor him.”