During a recent conversation with Billboard, Jason Bonham, the musician son of late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, said Robert Plant’s true reason for being reluctant about the idea of Led Zep reunion is “a lot deeper” than most people think.
Jason said about taking part in the band’s one-off “Celebration Day” reunion show in 2007:
“We did six weeks’ rehearsal for one show, so I was thinking we must be doing more. On the way back I said [to Plant], ‘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 not 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.’
“He told me, ‘When your father left us, left the world, that was it for Led Zeppelin. We couldn’t do what The Who did. It was too vital.’
“And I got it. I was absolutely fine with that. My dad and Robert, they’d known each other since they were, like, 15. It was a lot deeper for [Plant]. So I was OK with it.
“It was a great time, and to end it the way it did, with that great concert, was for the best. [Plant] said, ‘We needed to do one more great concert, and then maybe put it to rest.'”