Van Halen star Sammy Hagar had a recent interview with Howard Stern (The Howard Stern Show) on Tuesday and revealed why Robert Plant didn’t want to join Led Zeppelin’s reunion tour in 2007.
Here is the recap from Howard Stern Show fan site, MarksFriggin:
“Sammy said that every drummer has come and drummed with him. He said in Cabo he has a drum set and when Jason sits down at it he thinks they changed the set. He said he hits them right. Howard asked what it is that he does differently. Jason said his father was a heavy hitter. He said he holds the stick very far in his hand. He said his dad could play and his kit sounded like his kit but even his toy kit sounded like him when he played.
Howard asked if his dad taught him to play. Jason said his dad got him to do a Genesis song and he sat down and played it. He said that his dad got him to do it in like 3 tries and his dad wondered what the big deal was if his 12-year-old can play that song.
Howard said Robert Plant was in there and he asked him about seeing Jason playing drums and crying. He said Robert was talking about how he was so emotional about seeing his friend’s son up there. Jason said that it was a surprise to them all that he was there. He said no one knew he was going to be there. Howard said the guy was in tears.
Howard said there was going to be a Zeppelin tour but Robert wanted nothing to do with it. He said he told Jason that his father was Zeppelin.
Jason said they thought the tour was going to happen and he asked Robert if it was and Robert said what he knows of his father is amazing but it would be idiotic to carry on. He said Robert said they should just leave it at that. Howard said that’s a big deal. Sammy said that is a big deal and a classy way to handle it.
Sammy said they see people dying like flies and he would love to see Led Zeppelin but he gets it. He said it’s very classy.
Here is what Jason Bonham said about the situation in December 2018:
“On the way back I said, ‘I’ve got to ask you … are we gonna get the band back together?’ And he said, ‘I loved your dad way too much. It’s no disrespect to you; you know the stuff better than all of us, and no one else who is alive can play it like you.
But it’s not the same. I can’t go out there and fake it. I can’t be a jukebox. I can’t go out there and try to do it that way.”
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