Jason Bonham Reflects On Replacing Neil Peart In Rush

Drummer Jason Bonham joined The Eddie Trunk Podcast for an interview during which he revealed his thoughts on replacing Neil Peart in the band Rush.

Jason Bonham, the son of Led Zeppelin’s late drummer John Bonham, has been playing drums since he was only five years old. Throughout time, he joined the Zeppelin members occasionally for live performances and stepped into his father’s shoes for the Ahmet Ertegun Tribute Concert at The O2 Arena in December 2007.

Apart from working with Led Zeppelin, Bonham also pursued a career as a solo musician and lent his drum skills to various artists. He has played and recorded with Sammy Hagar and The Circle, Foreigner, Steven Van Zandt, Paul Rodgers, Joe Bonamassa, and more.

Back on December 7, 2015, Neil Peart retired from touring with Rush due to his health issues, and this was also a reason for the band’s disbandment. Last year, on January 7, 2020, the drummer died of glioblastoma, an aggressive form of brain cancer. So, the doors were closed for a Rush reunion.

In the interview on The Eddie Trunk Podcast, Jason Bonham talked about his musical career and revealed what he thinks about replacing Neil Peart in Rush. He said that he doesn’t think he would do well in a possible Rush reunion because Rush’s music wasn’t his style, but he would give it a chance for at least one song.

Jason Bonham told The Eddie Trunk Podcast the following:

“I don’t think I’d do well in a Rush thing, Rush wasn’t my vibe, but I would have a go, I’d give it my everything, at least one song. I’m very fortunate I get to play some amazing music.

Somebody put it great in an interview, they said, ‘You got to play with the best British rock band, and one of the biggest rock bands from England, and you’re also playing with two guys that are probably in the biggest American rock band, Van Halen.’ I was like, ‘Yeah, that’s not a bad thing to have in your resume.'”

Following that, Bonham added that he has been very fortunate during his career as he has had many chances to play with various successful musicians. Considering the musicians he played drums with, Bonham has all the right to consider himself lucky.