Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience Gave a Whole Lotta Love

House of Blues, March 7


Photo by Linda Evans

Jason Bonham’s Led Zeppelin Experience is an unaffected, perfectly rough-down-the-middle paean from son to father that skips mimicry and erases cynicism. There is no better way to mainline your Zeppelin fix. Jason Bonham’s crowd interactions and his family pedigree keep the group from being just another Zep cover band. On this night, they focused on Led Zeppelin III and IV with a few adds from other albums. James Dylan’s dedication to Bonham’s vision was evidenced as he soldiered through a sore throat, blasting Chloraseptic between verses but still managing to push out a top-end Robert Plant on vocal chord bruisers such as “When the Levee Breaks.” By the end of the show, no one could blame him for leaning back a bit and letting the crowd take some of the vocal weight in a “Stairway to Heaven.” The whole house knew every word. ★★★★✩

Photos by Linda Evans