Bonham (band)

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Also known as Motherland
Jason Bonham Band
The Jason Bonham Band
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Hard rock,[1] heavy metal,[2] glam metal[3]
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 glam metal 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.


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 backing vocals by Jason's aunt Debbie Bonham on the track "Turning Back the Time". It was preceded by In the Name of My Father - The Zepset - Live from Electric Ladyland, released by the Bonham / West / Catania / Smithson line-up earlier that same year.

On March 16, 2008, former lead vocalist Daniel MacMaster died at the age of 39 from a Group A streptococcal infection.[1]

Original Bonham vocalist Paul Rafferty, together with fellow Brit Sean Manning, former guitarist for Quiet Riot and Hurricane, released the Led Zeppelin influenced The Exiles album in 1996 under the name Sean Manning & Paul Rafferty. He has since retired from music and become a respected painter [1] based in the South of France, California and London.[4] Rafferty guested with guitarist Joe Bonamassa at several stops during the 2009 The Ballad of John Henry tour, including the Nice Jazz Festival,[5] and again the following year on the Black Rock tour, including the show in Zagreb, Croatia.[2]

Post-Bonham bands and 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. Healing Sixes was based in Indianapolis Indiana. Their Manager Rick Hudnall [6] arranged a two-week tour for them opening for The Jason Bonham Band. That tour was through the Midwest. Hudnall says "I noticed as the tour went on Jason would spend more and more time in the back of the venues watching and listening to Healing Sixes as opening set. That led to an impromptu jam with the bands Vocalist Doug Henthorn, Guitarist Eric Saylors and Bassist Chaz Winzenread.[7] It went so well that about two songs into it Jason asked to join Healing Sixes.[8] Together they went on to record an album "Enormosound"[9] on Corazong Records It was recorded at The Hit Factory in New York City[10] and produced by the legendary Kevin "Caveman" Shirley (Aerosmith, Led Zeppelin, Iron Maiden).[11] Album cover art was done by Storm Thorgerson.[12]

Band members[edit]

  • Jason Bonham – drums, percussion, backing vocals (1989–1992, 1994, 1995–1997)
  • John Smithson – bass, keyboards, piano, 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, keyboard, tambourine (1989–1992; died 2008)
  • Marti Frederiksen – lead vocals, guitar (1994)
  • Tony Catania – guitars, backing vocals (1995–1997)
  • Chas West – lead vocals (1995–1997)



Studio albums[edit]


Title Release Peak chart positions Album
US US Rock
"Wait for You" 1989 55 9 The Disregard of Timekeeping
"Guilty" 1990 29
"Change of a Season" 1992 32 Mad Hatter
"—" denotes a recording that did not chart.


  1. ^ a b "Bonham lead singer Daniel MacMaster dies at 39". CBC News. March 20, 2008. Archived from the original on 2014-08-16. 
  2. ^ Ruhlmann, William. "Bonham – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  3. ^ McPadden, Mike (September 21, 2015). "The Hair Metal 100: Ranking the '80s Greatest Glam Bands, Part 1". VH1. Viacom. Retrieved October 9, 2016. 
  4. ^ "Rafferty makes his mark in London". Artists & Illustrators. March 8, 2012. 
  5. ^ "Joe Bonamassa - Nice Jazz Festival, Jardin du Cimiez, Nice, July 20, 2009". August 7, 2009. 
  6. ^ "Anne Carlini - Exclusive Magazine". Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  7. ^ "Healing Sixes: blues rock with serious cred". NUVO. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  8. ^ "Top Five Live: Sleater-Kinney on comeback trail". Indianapolis Star. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  9. ^ "Healing Sixes Bio | Healing Sixes Career". MTV Artists. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  10. ^ "Kevin 'Caveman' Shirley". Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  11. ^ "Caveman - Full Discography". Retrieved 2016-02-03. 
  12. ^ "Healing Sixes - Enormosound by Storm Thorgerson | Hypergallery Album Art Prints". Archived from the original on 2015-01-22. Retrieved 2016-02-03. 

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