Watch Jason Bonham Interview Foreigner & Whitesnake Backstage on Tour: Exclusive Video

Bill Bernstein

Foreigner, Whitesnake and Jason Bonham's Led Zeppelin Evening kicked off their summer tour last Friday in Bangor, Maine. But before that the principals -- Foreigner's Mick Jones and Kelly Hansen, Whitesnake's David Coverdale and Bonham -- gathered for a backstage chat that premieres exclusively below, with Bonham playing interviewer as the others sprawl on nearby couches.

His big query -- Why? "That's a good question -- but I don't know how to answer it," Foreigner founder Jones quips before revealing that the lineup is something he's been wanting to do for some time. "There's quite an illustrious little group here," Jones explains, "People I've wanted to do this with. David's been many years...We're in the same kind of groove but we never got to play together."

Also revealed in the clip -- which features footage of Jones watching Whitesnake play and Foreigner performing "Juke Box Hero" -- is that the hit  Foreigner 4 ballad "Waiting For A Girl Like You" was the wedding song for Bonham, who was with Foreigner from 2004-2008. "Is that why you're always crying when you're playing it?" Hansen chides the drummer before Coverdale breaks into a quick line from the song's chorus.

The package will be playing 29 cities in the U.S. this summer. Foreigner is coming off last year's successful 40th anniversary tour, which included reunions with original band members; keyboardist Al Greenwood and multi-instrumentalist Ian McDonald joined the group over the weekend at Jones Beach in New York, and they'll add original frontman Lou Gramm, drummer Dennis Elliott and bassist Rick Wills for a reunion during the tour-closing show on Aug. 4 in Sturgis, S.D. Its latest album, Foreigner with the 21st Century Symphony Orchestra & Chorus, debuted at No. 1 on the Classical Albums chart in May.

Whitesnake released a deluxe edition of its self-titled 1987 album last year and is working on material for a new studio album expected during 2019.