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Led Zeppelin remains one of those bands that represent the bygone era that made sex and drugs synonymous with rock 'n' roll. Looking back in 2019, these stories of wild parties and endless consumption seem a little less glamorous—especially when rap, the dominant genre, is directly addressing issues of mental health and substance abuse.

That's exactly what makes this story that Jason Bonham—Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham's son—told on Howard Stern about being with his father's band as a kid so incredibly fucked up.

It's about the first time he did cocaine as a kid with Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page.

“Jimmy was the first one to ever give it to me,” he told Stern on his Sirius XM radio show. “We got called to his room. … I was 16 at this point, and there was a woman on the floor with a collar on, meowing, and he had this grinder thing … and he turned it over and he went, ‘Here you go,’ and I went, ‘Thanks.’ He’s like, ‘You’ve done this before, right?’ And I’m like, ‘Yeah, of course I have.' So he handed it over and I just did all of it, and he went, ‘Just like your father—you know, that was supposed to be for all of us.’”

Jimmy Page and John Bonham on stage at Madison Square Garden in 1977. Bonham is considered one of the greatest rock ’n’ roll drummers, but his life and career were cut tragically short when he died in 1980 at the age of 32.

If Jason was 16 at the time, that would place this story somewhere in 1983, which is three years after John died, choking on his vomit in his sleep after consuming 1.5 liters of vodka in a 24-hour period.

But in those days, the band glorified Jason's substance abuse.

“I was taking it wrong," he told Stern. "Sometimes when I got really drunk, they’d go, ‘He’s just like his old man.'”

It's a pretty dark story in hindsight, but thankfully Jason has now been sober for 17 years.

From: https://www.esquire.com/entertainment/music/a27112360/jason-bonham-cocaine-led-zeppelin-16-jimmy-page/
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Led Zeppelin History

December 16, 1968 - Zep plays Bath Pavilion for a mere £75.
December 26, 1968 - First American concert at the Coliseum in Denver, CO
December xx, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are reported to have sold 5 million dollars worth of albums in the US
December 11, 1969 - Led Zeppelin are presented gold and platinum discs for their first two albums
December xx, 1970 - The band enters Island Studios to begin work on the fourth album
December xx, 1971 - The band plays a few low-key shows back in England
December 23, 1972 - The band break for Christmas holiday after a London gig
December xx, 1973 - John Paul Jones works on studio productions for Madeline Bell
December xx, 1973 - Joe Massot films Jimmy Page’s fantasy sequence at Loch Ness
December 19, 1974 - John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page jam with Bad Company at the Rainbow Theater
December 10, 1975 - Led Zeppelin play a 45-minute show with Norman Hale at Behan’s in Jersey
December xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin rehearses for the 1977 tour
December 25, 1976 - It’s announced that Plant and Bonham will reunite with the Band of Joy for three shows in the new year
December xx, 1977 - The band minus Robert gather to discuss Led Zeppelin’s future plans
December xx, 1978 - The new album is completed quickly at Polar Studios and mixed at Jimmy’s Plumpton Studio
December xx, 1979 - John Bonham considers joining Paul McCartney’s Wings
December 29, 1979 - The band minus Jimmy Page attend the Paul McCartney And Wings Kampuchea befefit show
December 04, 1980 - Led Zeppelin issue the following statement not to carry on as a band: "We wish it to be known, that the loss of our dear friend and the deep respect we have for his family, together with the deep sense of harmony felt by ourselves and our manager have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were."
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