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Countdown to the Celebration Day…22 days to go

Today we turn our attention to the anniversary of the death of John Bonham 32 years gone…

Along with millions of fans wordwide, I will have some quiet reflection today on the tragic events of September 25th 1980 – but as I always say…so much has gone but so much remains…

On the occasion of the 32nd anniversary of John Bonham’s passing, we are releasing  some you tube clips.

These are drawn from the LZ Midlands Archive. 

The first is the ATV TV local news report of John Bonham’s funeral. TBL contributor Gary Davies  can be seen to the right in the leather jacket and  is out of shot as he speaks. This poignant clip has recently been unearthed via the Midlands Archive.

This is the BRMB Radio Birmingham tribute to John Bonham, first broadcast in October 1980 – taken from the LZ Midlands Archive.


Here is  a link to the CFNY Radio tribute to John Bonham from September 1980 by noted Zep author and journalist Ritchie Yorke – taken from the LZ Midlands Archive.

Three examples of the remarkable John Bonham craft…

We’re Gonna Groove from the Royal Albert Hall 1970 – he drives this track from start to finish…  

The Ocean from Madison Square Garden 1973 – Jimmy plays right off the Bonham beat…stunning…

Sick Again from Knebworth 1979 – Bonzo still driving the band with force and style…

Watch and marvel at his amazing percussive talent…



Number 7 in the countdown to Celebration Day

As recorded on the night of John Bonham’s 25th birthday May 31st 1973. This is the classic vinyl bootleg from their LA Forum performance. A brilliant celebratory concert and lasting evidence of the fun, laughter and musical perfection John Bonham was responsible for..

John Henry Bonham 1948 – 1980 – Always loved…always remembered….

DL September 25th, 2012

Until tomorrow…

Dave Lewis/Gary Foy

September 23 2012

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  • Amy M. said:

    I just now viewed this for the first time. Thank you for posting.

    “It has been said,’time heals all wounds.’ I do not agree. The wounds remain. In time, the mind, protecting its sanity, covers them with scar tissue and the pain lessens. But it is never gone.”
    ― Rose Kennedy

  • Sara said:

    He gave his all, everytime and there will never be another that even comes close. My all time favorite is “When the Levee breaks”.
    It is magnificent as they all were but still my favorite. Love you Bonzo.

  • Smitty said:

    Just got back from seeing the Red Hot Chili Peppers tonight in Phoenix. The boys did part of the Wanton Song for the encore…and after the rest of the band members left the stage following a couple more songs, Chad Smith (the drummer) went to the front of the stage and said it’s been 32 years today that John Bonham died…and I loved him. He then threw his final sticks into the crowd and walked off. What a great way to end the show! BTW…always love TBL…

  • Denzepp58 said:

    Well put, Glen…

  • Kathy Urich said:

    Oh John how we miss you. Your music will live on forever, we love you.

  • Ed Ortiz said:

    Bonzo and I share the same birthday May 31st. I remember where I was and what I was doing the day I heard of his passing. More importantly I cherish my one and only time seeing him perform with Jimmy, Robert, and John Paul. Led Zeppelin July 20, 1977 Tempe Activities Center Arena Tempe AZ U.S.A.
    Rest In Peace, Dear Bonzo. You will never be forgotten….

  • Glen said:

    … ” “We’ve done four already but now we’re steady
    and then they went: One, two, three, four”


    From the deceptively light cymbal touches on the opening album with ‘Good Times Bad Times’, to the final flourishes on I’m Gonna Crawl, … and beyond – to CODA, and the posthumous ‘Bonzos Montreaux’

    How could you not enjoy and respect the worlds greatest sticksman who ever lived. Cut short in his prime, who knows where he may have gone and what he may have done – Jason being the obvious reference who in his own way emulates the mastery of what his father accomplished.

    RIP John. We miss your influence and respect the Legacy you have left behind.

  • Denzepp58 said:

    I still remember where I was the day I heard you had passed…John, you should be proud of Jason,he has turned into a fine drummer and he was the ONLY one who could have possibly have lived up to you and your skill. God bless you and keep you John. Thank you for the music that you gave us. My life has been richer because of you and your music and I am eternally grateful….

  • Rob said:

    RIP Bonzo – a tragic loss. I’ve listened to Zep for years but there are still things that I hear on the recordings or live tracks which knock me out. For me, that shows how good he was.

  • Michel said:

    Leave In Peace My Dear John.
    Love and Peace

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