Led Zeppelin Australian tour… sort of
The dates have been quietly confirmed by tour promoters VisionMax and tickets are now on sale.
While Robert Plant has gone on record several times that he has no interest in a Led Zeppelin reunion following their one-off show at London’s O2 Arena in 2007, late drummer John Bonham’s son, Jason, has taken matters into his own hands. Since 2010, he has been touring with four other musicians playing the extensive run of hits in his dad’s back catalogue under the name Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience.
“While Bonham and his band run through Led Zeppelin discography,” explains their bio, “a system of art sound and lighting enhances the spectacular performance. Giant screens showing classic accompanying historical archives of photographs and video of the legendary band, under the concept of futuristic art. The stunning atmosphere and staging powerful fans to take a personal journey into the past of Jason and become true stars of this media event.”
So, a tribute band with some fancy screens? Essentially. Still, the Experience has managed to garner quite the following already, with glowing reviews. Rolling Stone’s Ritchie Yorke describe the Experience’s gig in Dawson Creek (yes, it’s a real place) as “magic… This was much more than just another tribute band: the Bonham bloodline carries its own responsibilities. With state-of-the-art lighting and effects, dazzling video treatments and a crisp, thundering sound, the JBLZE offered a set of Led Zep gems that were strikingly faithful to the originals.”
Australia will now get their opportunity to “experience” Jason’s project for the first time ever. Although nothing has yet to be officially announced, a few quick searches have indicated that the Experience will be doing dates in July; including a show at the Forum Theatre in Melbourne on the 19th and a Challenge Stadium gig in Perth on the 21st.. More dates are presumably TBA.
Zeppelin fanatics are sure to snap up the tickets to this, which is more than likely the closest they will get to the real thing short of a John Bonham hologram.
Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience tour:
Thursday 13th September – Enmore Theatre, Sydney
Friday 14th September – Forum Theatre, Melbourne
Saturday 15th September – Challenge Stadium, Perth