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Members of Sammy Hagar's Latest Band Recall Offstage Encounters Involving Led Zeppelin's John Bonham

posted : July, 15th by Music News From ABC News Radio - Classic Rock

Frontiers Records/UniversalSammy Hagar's upcoming tour is dubbed A Journey Through the History of Rock, and with drummer Jason Bonham keeping the beat every night, chances are the shows will feature some Led Zeppelin material.

A recent rehearsal witnessed by USA Today featured some Zeppelin songs as well as a few stories from Hagar's current backing musicians about that band's legendary drummer, John Bonham.

Early in Van Halen's career, bassist Michael Anthony said Bonham "took a swing" at Alex Van Halen when they met him at a Los Angeles club.  Upon hearing this, Jason Bonham recalled a time when, with his father present, Alex refused to shake his hand.  "I bet that's why," Jason concluded.

Jason also remembered going to a Police concert with his father, and backstage, the elder Bonham stepped on Sting's blue suede shoes.

"He told my Dad, 'Don't step on my blue suede shoes,' " Jason said with a laugh.  "Dad got up in his face pretty fast."

Hagar's A Journey Through the History of Rock tour, featuring Anthony, Jason Bonham and guitarist Vic Johnson, begins Thursday in Cadott, Wisconsin.

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