Welcome to the musical meandering insights of Aaron Joy. Here you'll find 600 reviews of CDs & DVDs of rock & metal in all its variations, mainstream & indie. What they all share is that the album or band is unique in some way & not every submission was reviewed. Please share these reviews or link to them if you like what you read. Reviews are no longer being posted here but feel free to e-mail Aaron & post comments. (Formerly the Roman Midnight Music Blog) (last update 5/23/2017)

January 31, 2010

Bonham ~ The Disregard Of Timekeeping

(No official website.)
Style: hard rock

Label: WTG
Year: 1998
Home: Los Angeles (disbanded)

Members: Daniel MacMaster ~ vocals
Ian Hatton ~ guitars
John Smithson ~ bass/keyboards
Jason Bonham ~ drums

Additional: Duncan Faure ~ b. vocals
Trevor Rabin ~ Bass/b. vocals
Jimmy Zavala ~ harmonica
Bill Millay ~ keyboards
Bob Ezrin ~ orchestration

Had Michael Jackson lived to go back on stage it probably would have been the biggest tour of his career, but let’s not forget there was another major tour that could have been … had Robert Plant chosen to tour with Led Zeppelin after their successful reunion concert. So, in honor of past & potential future comebacks I wanted to remember an underrated glam rock band — Bonham — the short-lived band by the son of Zep drummer John Bonham. Maybe it was the cliche video for 'Wait For You' of the band dancing in a junk yard or the Plant-esque vocals of the late Daniel MacMaster that caught my attention, but whatever the reason I truly enjoy Bonham. Like many other bands they were critiqued for sounding like Zep, albeit one might turn the tables considering Plant’s later Fate Of Nations album hints of Bonham. This is 80’s hard rock that puts away blistering guitars for a more rhythmic & bluesy approach. Singer MacMaster died in 2008 at 39. The reunited Bonham sunk without him — proof of his draw, so I guess it was him that attracted me to the band. Trevor Rabin of Yes also makes an appearance, plus famed producer Bob Ezrin.

(originally written for the Roman Midnight Music newsletter, Issue 2, Fall 2009, expanded for blog)

(featured on the Roman Midnight Music CD Reviews & Interviews podcast: episode 1 "Classic Rock", August 2010, click here to listen)

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