JASON BONHAM Explains Why LED ZEPPELIN Legally Requested He Stopped Using ‘LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE’ Band Name

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Jason Bonham Photo Shoot at Ascend Amphitheater in Nashville, TN.

During a recent appearance on The Eddie Trunk Podcast, Jason Bonham, the drummer son of the late LED ZEPPELIN icon John Bonham, looked back on receiving a legal request to change the name of his ZEPPELIN tribute act.

JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EXPERIENCE was founded in 2009 and since the request was made, Jason changed the name to JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING.

On why LED ZEPPELIN requested him to change the band’s name, Jason said: “At the time, yeah, I was a little confused. ‘Why…?’ I thought, ‘Were they not happy with me doing it?’ But no, there was something they were working on, which from the looks of what the news — just saw in the news the other day, it was possibly something similar to what PINK FLOYD had done with the PINK FLOYD EXPERIENCE.

“I think they wanted the terminology, ‘Experience,’ to be able to do something like that, I guess. That’s my take on it because they said, ‘We’re still allowing you to use the name ‘Led Zeppelin.’‘ I said, ‘I know, I just need, I’ve got the license plate, I need something else in the logo, I need another ‘E’.’

“So we tried ‘Extravaganza,’ that didn’t sound right, so it became JASON BONHAM’S LED ZEPPELIN EVENING . In a certain way, it’s when the new guitarist came in, so it was a fresh start, fresh name, and it hasn’t changed. It’s got an absolutely big audience, I haven’t lost any fans. There’s more people coming to the show now than they did before but could you believe it’s 11 years since I started this one-off project I said I’d do?”