Led Zeppelin's Jason Bonham says Jimmy Page gave him cocaine at age 16

News 12/04/2019

Jason Bonham took the place of his late father John Bonham as the drummer for Led Zeppelin in 2007 when the band reunited for a show. 

He recently reflected in an interview on how his drug consumption led to comparisons to his father, which he mistakenly took complimentary.

In a hotel while the band was on tour, Jason recalled:

"Jimmy [Page] was the first one to ever give it to me. 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 said he "used to take those compliments and be like, 'Oh, I’m just like Dad'. I was taking it wrong. Sometimes when I got really drunk they’d go, 'He’s just like his old man.'"

He's now been sober for 17 years, and has learned to be comfortable surrounded by other people who are drinking. He said he'd been asked "Do you need us to take the booze out of the minibar? 'No, but please take the candy out!'" he joked.