Jason Bonham has described playing In The Air Tonight as part of Phil Collins’ band as a bucket-list experience.
He doesn’t know whether he’ll be part of the former Genesis frontman’s future plans – but he’s already content with his three-week stint last year.
The drummer, who replaced his late father John for Led Zeppelin’s 2007 reunion show, was the only new band member when Collins staged a rehearsal run before coming out of retirement.
Bonham tells Billboard: “I had an amazing time. It was an honour to be chosen by one of my real heroes. Other than my dad I would say Phil is my guy to go to.
“I’ve been a huge fan since Abacab, and then of course his solo stuff. My wife kept telling me, ‘Don’t keep looking for approval. He’s hired you – he knows what you can do. Just give him your best.’ I had such a good time with it.”
He admits he felt under pressure as the new man in the organisation. “Everybody else were the same guys he’s worked with for years. I had to learn everything. You think you know songs, but you don’t know them until you actually play them.”
Asked whether he’ll be part of Collins’ plans, Bonham says: “I haven’t heard anything. I feel great that I had the three weeks. To be able to play In The Air Tonight was one of my bucket-list things I didn’t think I was ever going to be able to say I did.
“So if that’s all there is, I’m happy.”