December 19, 2007 / 12:24 AM / 10 years ago

Led Zeppelin tour? "Don't be greedy," says drummer

NEW YORK (Billboard) - Still buzzing from Led Zeppelin’s reunion show in London last week, drummer Jason Bonham says he’s the wrong person to ask about any touring plans for the British rock legends.

<p>ans arrive at the O2 Arena venue in south east London, December 10, 2007. REUTERS/Toby Melville</p>

“I‘m still the new guy, and I wouldn’t know,” said Bonham, who filled in for his late father, John Bonham. “Is it gonna be again? Don’t be greedy ... If they do it again, of course I would love to. But that’s up to them. Only time will tell.”

Led Zeppelin tour rumors have persisted in recent weeks, with plenty of chatter about a series of stadium shows. But nothing has yet been confirmed, and singer Robert Plant has already begun scheduling late-spring shows with Alison Krauss.

Bonham said his discussions with Plant, guitarist Jimmy Page and bassist/keyboardist John Paul Jones following the December 10 show at the O2 area centered on “thanks for the best Christmas present I could ask for.”

He said the experience “still ... kinda feels surreal, like it never really happened in some way.” But he felt that the show, part of a tribute to the late Atlantic Records co-founder Ahmet Ertegun, provided some vindication after what he felt was a sub-par performance with Led Zeppelin at the Atlantic Records’ 40th anniversary concert in 1988 in New York.

”I had to work at it, really prove that I could do it and not just say, ‘Hey, I‘m John Bonham’s son. I should be doing it,“’ he explained. ”I put a lot of work into it ... listening to all the different live versions I had. You’ve got to earn this, ‘cause there’s a million drummers out there that would love to cut your throat right now and take over.

“I‘m amazed. I pulled it off,” he added. “So it’s very special for me, just ... everything. If you’d have wanted a moment for everyone to get it right at one point, that was it.”

Bonham returns to his regular drum chair in Foreigner at the end of the month for a couple of shows in Florida -- where he and his family reside -- including a New Year’s Eve date with the B-52’s in Orlando.

Reuters/Billboard

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