July 19, 2013


Hologram of Led Zeppelin's John Bonham Might Happen

Dick Barnatt/Redferns
Dick Barnatt/Redferns

While most of the world clamors for Led Zeppelin to reunite, some people are going one step further than merely asking the three remaining members to play one more show together—they're looking to resurrect long-deceased drummer John Bonham.

The man leading the charge for a hologram of the late drumming legend? His son, Jason Bonham. Bonham—who is currently opening for Heart as part of his tribute band Led Zeppelin Experience—wants to perform alongside a hologram of his father at some point. "I'm talking to people about holograms, and my dream is to do the hologram drum solo with dad next to me," he told Legendary Rock Interviews. When young Bonham dropped that bomb, the interviewer offered the only sensible-yet-polite retort: "Holy sh-t."

Bonham explained he does "not want to go onstage and [just] play Led Zeppelin songs, there has to be more than that." Although that's more or less what he's doing now with Led Zeppelin Experience, Bonham said "there's so much more that I would love to do." 

Surprisingly, the main hindrance to a John Bonham hologram is purely technical: There may not be enough high quality footage of the late Bonham in existence to make a convincing computerized approximation of his movements. "I am limited somewhat as far as the footage that I have and the quality of the footage," Bonham said. "But I am trying to work with the limited footage I have [and] to put it together in a way that works and is purposeful."

What do you think? Does the idea of a holographic John Bonham get your heart pounding like "Moby Dick" or do you think it's one of those things that is possible but should never be?