Bonham (band)

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Bonham
Also known as Motherland
Jason Bonham Band
The Jason Bonham Band
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Hard rock
Years active 1989–1992
1994
1995–1997
Labels WTG Records, Epic Records, Sony Music
Past members Jason Bonham
John Smithson
Ian Hatton
Paul Rafferty
Daniel MacMaster
Marti Frederiksen
Tony Catania
Chas West

Bonham was a British hard rock band founded in 1989 by drummer Jason Bonham, the son of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. The band's most successful line-up included singer Daniel MacMaster, bassist/keyboardist John Smithson and guitarist Ian Hatton.

History[edit]

In 1990, their debut album The Disregard of Timekeeping topped the rock airplay charts on the success of the single "Wait for You" and helped Bonham garner a gold record from the RIAA in 1990. The band toured extensively for two years, but the impact of such early success on its young members caused a great deal of internal friction. After a lengthy tour, Bonham released their second and final album together, Mad Hatter. Jason Bonham then decided to concentrate on session work and writing new music.

In 1994, Jason Bonham reunited with Ian Hatton and John Smithson from his former band, this time featuring new lead vocalist Marti Frederiksen. This new lineup was known as Motherland. They released one album titled Peace 4 Me. Following the abortive Motherland project, Jason put together the Jason Bonham Band, recruiting lead vocalist Chas West, guitarist Tony Catania, and Smithson on bass and keyboards. Their 1997 album When You See the Sun was produced by ex-Motherland lead vocalist Marti Frederiksen and features Jason's aunt Debbie Bonham on backing vocals in the track "Turning Back the Time".

On March 16, 2008, former lead vocalist Daniel MacMaster died at the age of 39 from a staph infection, more specifically a Group A streptococcal infection.

Side projects[edit]

Bonham appeared in the movies in 2000 as part of the fictitious band Steel Dragon fronted by actor Mark Wahlberg in the film Rock Star (also known as Metal God). His partners in this project were Dokken bassist Jeff Pilson and Ozzy Osbourne guitarist Zakk Wylde.

Bonham joined American act Healing Sixes in 2000. This act had supported the Jason Bonham Band in America previously. He would subsequently go on to join the Quireboys and then veteran act UFO, appearing on their 2004 album You Are Here. Meanwhile, West resurfaced in the Los Angeles club scene in early 2004 fronting a unit dubbed the Hollywood Allstarz, which also featured Dokken and Dio bassist Jeff Pilson, the former Quiet Riot duo of guitarist Carlos Cavazo and drummer Frankie Banali, former Giuffria/House of Lords drummer Alan Krigger, and former Dio and later Rainbow bassist Jimmy Bain.

With UFO's North American tour postponed until autumn 2004, Jason Bonham filled the summer break by touring the United States as a member of AOR veterans Foreigner. Early 2005 found both Bonham and Chas West touring with Foreigner. In October 2006, West appeared as guest vocalist on a cover version of the Journey song "Lovin', Touchin', Squeezin" featured on the Cleopatra Records homage collection '80s Metal Tribute to Journey. West also appeared as guest vocalist on "Custard Pie", featured on the September 2007 tribute to Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, 24/7/365: The Tribute to Led Zeppelin, by Frankie Banali & Friends, by RSM Records.

Band members[edit]

  • Jason Bonham – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1989–1992, 1994, 1995–1997)
  • John Smithson – bass, keyboards, violin, backing vocals (1989–1992, 1994, 1995–1997)
  • Ian Hatton – guitars, backing vocals (1989–1992, 1994)
  • Paul Rafferty – lead vocals (1989)
  • Daniel MacMaster – lead vocals (1989–1992)
  • Marti Frederiksen – lead vocals (1994)
  • Tony Catania – guitars, backing vocals (1995–1997)
  • Chas West – lead vocals (1995–1997)


Timeline[edit]

Discography[edit]

Charts[edit]

Albums[edit]

Year Album Chart Position
1989 The Disregard of Timekeeping US 38
Canada 65

Singles[edit]

Year Single Chart Position
1989 "Wait for You" US Mainstream Rock Tracks 9
US Hot 100 55
1990 "Guilty" US Mainstream Rock Tracks 29
1992 "Change of a Season" 32