James Dylan of Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience is a native of the quiet midwestern town of Stoughton, Wisconsin. James began drawing at a young age and developed extraordinary skills he used to win cash awards in state competitions. After painting Led Zeppelin on the back of his denim jacket he realized there was a market for his work and began selling hand-painted rock-n-roll artwork on denim jackets. James was also featured artist in the Wisconsin State Journal and his artwork was commissioned for a national ad campaign all by the age of 17.
While Dylan was enrolled in the School of Visual Arts in New York City he began writing music and working in bands. After graduation he performed 6 and 7 nights a week, gaining a following in the New York tri-state area supported by east coast radio.
As his music career started to gain momentum, Dylan remembers getting a call from his Mom and Dad who had been out for a drive listening to the radio. They were looking for him to settle a friendly wager over a song they'd heard. His Dad was certain the voice they'd heard on the radio was James. He began sharing what lyrics he could recall, and James immediately recognized it was Led Zeppelin they'd been listening to and of course his Mom was right.
In the Springtime of 2007 Dylan met a woman named Averelle who he struck up a conversation with over a pendant on the necklace she was wearing which he recognized to be a rune from Led Zeppelin untitled fourth album sleeve artwork.
In the weeks that followed their friendship grew and James played and sang for Averelle when they visited their favorite spot in the Blue Ridge Mountains near their homes. Averelle asked James to record himself for her so she could listen to him when they weren't together, so James began recording and posting videos of his Led Zeppelin covers for Averelle to view on YouTube.
In December 2007 Led Zeppelin performed their first full-length concert in nearly 30 years and rumors circulated that the band was planning to tour. The rumors were soon put to rest when singer Robert Plant announced that he had no plans to tour with Zeppelin.
Jimmy, Jason and John Paul briefly entertained the idea of touring with another singer. Among the singers being considered was James Dylan who's Led Zeppelin covers they'd found on YouTube.
Though the highly anticipated Led Zeppelin reunion tour never came to be, Jason Bonham still wanted to play the music and in February 2009 Jason Bonham and James Dylan began working together in what would become Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience - a show where Jason would perform his father's music and tell stories of what Led Zeppelin meant to him from the unique perspective of being the son of John Bonham during Led Zeppelin's ascent to the top and then to later live the dream of playing with Led Zeppelin himself.
In the Fall of 2010 Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience embarked on their first North American tour. Rolling Stone called Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience "strikingly faithful to the originals".
In December of 2012 the surviving members of Led Zeppelin were awarded at the 35th Kennedy Center Honors. The evening's high point featured legendary
Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Ann and Nancy Wilson of the band Heart performing the Led Zeppelin anthem "Stairway to Heaven" with Jason Bonham joining them on drums.
In the Summer of 2013 Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience joined forces with the band Heart for "The Heartbreaker Tour" celebrating the music of Led Zeppelin.
After the Heartbreaker Tour James began working on the first pencil drawing of The Led Zeppelin Series. Signed prints are available exclusively through JamesDylanOfficial.com
In June of 2017 Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Experience will join Foreigner and Cheap Trick to celebrate Foreigner's 40th anniversary.