When it comes to playing Zeppelin, Jason Bonham tends toward the early stuff

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      I don't go to see a lot of tribute bands, but I figured I'd check out Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience at the Commodore tonight anyway. It might be as close to the real thing as you'll get without Page and Plant finally agreeing to sell out for one-billion dollars each and doing that tour everybody always bugs them about.

      As well as Zep bassist John Paul Jones, a reunion tour would most likely include Jason Bonham on drums. He's the son of original Zep skin-basher John Bonham, and has performed with the three surviving members when they've seen fit to rock out for old times' sake (or as a tribute to Ahmet Ertegün).

      Jason Bonham is currently getting the Led out with a setlist that focuses mainly on Zeppelin's early material. His last show, two nights ago in Calgary, saw the JBLZE perform 16 tunes, with 12 of them coming from the four albums the band released between 1969 and 1971.

      The albums Bonham borrows from the most are the first two, both released in '69, Led Zeppelin and Led Zeppelin II, and the biggie, 1971's Led Zeppelin IV. And that means fans of early Zep have been getting treated to tracks like "Dazed and Confused", "Whole Lotta Love", and "Stairway to Heaven".

      Bonham has also been playing a couple of tracks each from 1970's Led Zeppelin III, 1973's Houses of the Holy, and 1975's Physical Graffiti. As such his recent shows have been opening with "Immigrant Song", and have also included "Over the Hills and Far Away" and "Kashmir".

      Bonham's LZE hasn't been performing any songs off the final three Zeppelin studio albums, 1976's Presence, 1979's In Through the Out Door, and 1982's Coda (the one released after his father's death in 1980).

      Hey, you can't blame the guy for focusing on the good stuff!