Song on new Black Country Communion album was started with Page and Jones during abandoned 2008 reunion project, drummer reveals

Jason Bonham

Closure: Bonham

Jason Bonham has completed a track abandoned by Led Zeppelin in 2008, and it appears on the new Black Country Communion album, he’s revealed.

The drummer was involved with Led Zep’s Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones when they started work on a reunion project following the band’s one-off London show in 2007. But work was abandoned when singer Robert Plant refused to take part, and the three remaining musicians couldn’t settle on a satisfactory replacement.

Now the son of iconic drummer John Bonham says he’s finished the piece and recorded it with BCC bandmates Glenn Hughes, Joe Bonamassa and Derek Sherinian.

He tells the Toronto Sun: “It’s a song called Save Me. Is started off as an idea I worked on with Jimmy and John. You’ll notice it – there’s a slight Zepesque riff – It’s got a definite feel to it.”

Bonham is glad to have finished the track because it gives him some closure after the disappointment of the Zep project’s failure.

“I was very much under the impression that we were going to write an album and put together a new project,” he says. “But in early December 2008 it all came to a halt. It was a hard thing for me to get over for a while – I’d just played the concert of my life.”

Meanwhile, frontman Hughes has distanced himself from comments he made about a possible reunion of Deep Purple MkIII, which included himself, David Coverdale, Richie Blackmore, Jon Lord and Ian Paice.

Coverdale recently said he’d love to do it, and last week Hughes provided another reason for following it up: “I joined the band as a very bright-eyed and bushy-tailed Northern chap, like David. When I left, let’s just say I’d been overserved at the bar.

“I’ve made my amends with everybody but I’d like to have a jam with the guys as a sober man, and as somebody who knows how to deal with his life on a daily basis.”

But last night Hughes said via his Facebook page: “I get asked the same question about Deep Purple in every interview. But I’m all about the present, not the past. Black Country Communion is now – and David is the only member of MkIII who has remained a true brother all through the years and stood by me.”

BCC’s second album, 2, is due out in June.

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