In a new interview with Q105.7, Jason Bonham looked back on performing with the band at the 2007 reunion show at the O2 Arena in London, UK.
“At the time, it was one of those things that I had to remind myself just to enjoy it.”
“‘Don’t get trapped into the whole thing of it because this might never happen again.’ For me, it was one of the only times I’ve really… it really was nice and long. It didn’t feel short.
“I enjoyed every moment and got into the groove a bit. I always said if we could get to ‘Black Dog’ and I could tell even on ‘Ramble On’ that I started to go for it, so I was feeling okay.
“Then ‘Black Dog,’ I started to do some of the things I hadn’t done before. You could tell by that point I was okay.
“I still think one of the best versions for a long time, I love the version of ‘Nobody’s Fault But Mine’ and ‘In My Time of Dying,’ and ‘Kashmir’, of course.”
Bonham then recalled his reaction to singer Robert Plant’s quote that one of the reasons for the one-off show was to do it for Jason, saying:
“Which was wonderful. It kind of reinvented me as an artist or just rejuvenated me as a person at the time.
“For me, it proved that – I’d been sober for 18 years, this was back in 2007, so it was pretty early on in my sobriety when at the time when I was told when I was getting sober to let go of things that would always hinder me.
“Eventually, when I let go, that happened. When I let go of ever thinking it was ever going to happen, that’s when it happened. [Laughs] It was very special. Just to be around them, not just the playing, but to be around them for six weeks. We went out for dinner a few times together.
“I’d spend time with Robert up in the Midlands where he lived. I’d spend time with Jimmy [Page] when I was in London and driving him around. I couldn’t ask for a cooler environment to be in. I was now a grown man hanging out with them, not this little kid. But I still felt like the little kid.”