Jason Bonham maintains that Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page introduced the drummer to cocaine when he was just 16 years of age.
Jason joined the band when Led Zeppelin reunited for a show in 2007, taking the place of his late father, John Bonham. Unfortunately, he mistook comparisons made with him and his Dad as complimentary.
That’s because a young Bonham soon discovered that they were not based around music, but for the appetite they both had for drug consumption. Jason says his journey into drug taking started on tour in a hotel when Jimmy Page offered him some cocaine.
Bonham was speaking in an interview to Howard Stern on SiriusXM via Ultimate Classic Rock,
“We got called to his room. … I was 16 at this point, and there was a woman on the floor with a collar on, meowing, and he had this grinder thing … and he turned it over and he went, ‘Here you go,’ and I went, ‘Thanks.’
He’s like, ‘You’ve done this before, right?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, of course I have.’ So he handed it over and I just did all of it, and he went, ‘Just like your father – you know, that was supposed to be for all of us.’”
Bonham who is 52 years old and has been sober for the last 17 years reflects on how he mistakenly took the comparisons as complementary, phrases like, ‘He’s just like his old man.’
That’s when he would get very drunk are now difficult to recall with dignity. Thankfully things are better and with the practice of years of sober living, Bonham can feel relaxed in situations surrounded by other people who are drinking.
Today the skinner is more concerned about the sugar candy cravings from the minibar then he is about the alcoholic beverages.
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