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Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham Dies – 32 Years Ago
http://ultimateclassicrock.com/john-bonham-dies/ ^ | September 24, 2012 | Ken Kelley

Posted on 09/25/2012 7:07:15 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement

On Sept. 25, 1980, at 32 years of age, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham passed away, inadvertently bringing an end to one of rock’s greatest bands.

The group’s final studio effort ‘In Through The Out Door’ had been released in Sept. 1979 after many delays. In May 1980, the group performed what would be their last European tour. That September, the band was in rehearsals at guitarist Jimmy Page’s house in advance of an American tour.

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KEYWORDS: bonham; ledzeppelin; rockandroll; sourcetitlenoturl; zeppelin
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1 posted on 09/25/2012 7:07:19 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement
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To: ConservativeStatement
I was working in the Bay Area the first time I heard "When the Levee Breaks". I was in a steel warehouse and it was raining like crazy. The DJ introduced the song and said, "If God played the drums, this is what it would sound like!"
2 posted on 09/25/2012 7:11:59 AM PDT by Baynative
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To: ConservativeStatement
Greatest groove Rock drummer ever to have lived!
Thanks for the contribution Bonzo!
3 posted on 09/25/2012 7:12:19 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

“Moby Dick” from 1970.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IOb8otk7Y0U


4 posted on 09/25/2012 7:13:00 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Attended their last Bay Area show, way back when I was a young punk.


5 posted on 09/25/2012 7:15:13 AM PDT by skeeter
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To: Baynative

Wow! That’s a great story! I believe it was Stairway for me. When I heard the way Bonzo breaks in with those flams and the smooth flow I was floored!


6 posted on 09/25/2012 7:16:02 AM PDT by sirchtruth (Freedom is not free.)
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To: ConservativeStatement
"passed away"

Choked to death on his own vomit, after drinking INSANE amounts of vodka.

Let's call them as they are.
7 posted on 09/25/2012 7:19:02 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: ConservativeStatement

I never liked Zep as a young kid (too metal for my Steely tastes), and preferred the Who for mainstream rock.

But I quickly learned to adore Zep when I started to study drums in middle age.


8 posted on 09/25/2012 7:21:21 AM PDT by Atlas Sneezed (Hold My Beer and Watch This!)
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To: SJSAMPLE

Better way to go than the Spinal Tap drummer who choked on somebody else’s vomit.


9 posted on 09/25/2012 7:21:48 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

There is a 2 disc dvd set released in 2003 of previously unreleased concert footage that every Zep fan should own. I was too young to have seen them live but putting those dvd’s in and blasting the stereo system always makes for a good day.


10 posted on 09/25/2012 7:26:30 AM PDT by kreitzer
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To: dfwgator

LOL.

Seriously, though.
I listen to classic rock (the REAL stuff) with my daughters.
Whenever it comes to Led Zep, The Who, or whatever band, I always point out the dead member and ask my daughters how they died.

It’s almost always drugs.
Just putting that image in their brains.


11 posted on 09/25/2012 7:28:28 AM PDT by SJSAMPLE
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To: kreitzer

Led Zeppelin II is the most plagiarized work of all time. Not only did they rip off dead Black Blues guys. But they ripped off Babe I’m Gonna Leave You from a very much alive White woman.


12 posted on 09/25/2012 7:29:21 AM PDT by massgopguy (I owe everything to George Bailey)
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To: ConservativeStatement

When they broke up, I figured the next LZ would show up soon.

I’m still waiting. Has any group come close?


13 posted on 09/25/2012 7:29:47 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: ConservativeStatement

As I was a blues fan in the late 1960’s, I loved Zepplin’s first album, and none since.


14 posted on 09/25/2012 7:30:18 AM PDT by Daveinyork
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To: massgopguy

And Plant ripped off Janis Joplin’s singing style on those early albums.


15 posted on 09/25/2012 7:30:47 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: sirchtruth

Ditto.... his son isn’t too bad either!


16 posted on 09/25/2012 7:31:26 AM PDT by Heff (Half this country is that stupid.)
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To: Beelzebubba

I prefer Moonie to Bonham, myself.


17 posted on 09/25/2012 7:32:57 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Keith Moon also died in September (9/7/78). The drum work on “I can see for miles” is amazing. September was not a good month for drummers. At least Neal Pert and Ringo are still with us.


18 posted on 09/25/2012 7:35:41 AM PDT by teflon9 (Political campaigns should follow Johnny Mercer's advice--Accentuate the positive.)
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To: SJSAMPLE

There’s been a few men who played drums with Robert Plant that have since passed. Bonham, Tony Thompson, Cozy Powell, Michael Lee and Richie Hayward come to mind.


19 posted on 09/25/2012 7:37:19 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Lez Zeppelin? (sarc.)

20 posted on 09/25/2012 7:38:36 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

Rush?


21 posted on 09/25/2012 7:38:52 AM PDT by An American in Turkiye
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To: Revolting cat!

In before the requests to get Keith Moon as a replacement...


22 posted on 09/25/2012 7:39:57 AM PDT by a fool in paradise (Obama likes to claim credit for getting Osama. Why hasn't he tried Khalid Sheikh Mohammed yet?)
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To: teflon9

I agree that the appreciate Moon, you have to listen to the pre-Tommy stuff.


23 posted on 09/25/2012 7:40:53 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator

I’m with you. Moon made the drum an instrument rather than just a manned metronome.


24 posted on 09/25/2012 7:41:35 AM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I would also add that when Plant went on his first solo tour, who did he pick to be the drummer.....Phil Collins.


25 posted on 09/25/2012 7:42:39 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: Daveinyork

—— As I was a blues fan in the late 1960’s, I loved Zepplin’s first album, and none since. -——

You must have heard, “In My Time of Dying,” from “Physical Graffiti.” I don’t know what the original sounds like, but Zep’s version rocks harder than anything else they ever did, including the first album. It’s punishing and hypnotic.


26 posted on 09/25/2012 7:44:11 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: dfwgator

So did Frida post-ABBA.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uz5DkTF2RW8


27 posted on 09/25/2012 7:44:11 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

Yeah, Phil pretty much drummed for anybody in the 80s, even Adam Ant.


28 posted on 09/25/2012 7:45:20 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas

The Beatles were the band of the decade for the 1960s

Led Zeppelin was the band of the decade for the 1970s

I’ve never been able to figure out who the band of the decade for the 1980s 1990s or 2000s was though.


29 posted on 09/25/2012 7:46:42 AM PDT by ChronicMA
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To: dfwgator

Ah, true. Whatever happened to Marco Pirroni?


30 posted on 09/25/2012 7:47:06 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ChronicMA

I would probably say U2 was the band of the 80s.


31 posted on 09/25/2012 7:47:46 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: An American in Turkiye

Rush never did anything for me. Van Halen had their moments. I can’t think of much else.


32 posted on 09/25/2012 7:48:17 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: dfwgator
I would probably say U2 was the band of the 80s.

At first, I thought of Culture Club ( / s ), but then saw your post and agree.

Given the "flash in the pan" phenomena that is modern music, I'm not sure we'll be able to name "decade bands" beyond the 1980s. There may be 5-year periods, but that's about it.

33 posted on 09/25/2012 8:01:02 AM PDT by Lou L (Health "insurance" is NOT the same as health "care")
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To: Lou L

Probably Pearl Jam was the band of the first half of the 90s.


34 posted on 09/25/2012 8:03:33 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator; ChronicMA; Lou L
80s - U2

90s - Pearl Jam

00s - White Stripes

35 posted on 09/25/2012 8:07:13 AM PDT by wideawake
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To: ChronicMA

-—— I’ve never been able to figure out who the band of the decade for the 1980s 1990s or 2000s was though. -——

I agree. I hate to say it, but Michael Jackson was the “band” of the ‘80s. Otherwise, it would probably be U2 for the ‘80s or ‘90s. I forget when their big albums were released.

Rock seems to be fading as a genre, being buried under a mountain of rap and vocalists. The 2000’s seem to be the vocalist decade. Maybe “Green Day” would be the rock act of the decade.


36 posted on 09/25/2012 8:07:25 AM PDT by St_Thomas_Aquinas (Viva Christo Rey!)
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To: dfwgator

Of all the people who sat in with Zeppelin after Bonham’s death, Phil Collins was the best. IMHO, it’s because Collins had already established his own style and reputation by that time (and thus wasn’t intimidated by stepping into Bonham’s shoes), so Collins played the songs the way he thought they should be played, not the way he thought Bonham would have played them.

Collins though, was a totally different style of drummer from Bonham.


37 posted on 09/25/2012 8:13:10 AM PDT by Brookhaven (The Democratic Party has become the Beclowning Party)
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To: Brookhaven

Yeah, I’d like to see Bonham try his hand at “Apocalypse in 9/8”.


38 posted on 09/25/2012 8:14:31 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Ping-a-ling!!! Led Zeppelin forever. Thanks for the reminder.


39 posted on 09/25/2012 8:20:23 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: St_Thomas_Aquinas
well metallica 80’s-90’s,,nirvana,smashing pumpkins 90’s and several other great bands —weren't flash in the pan bands,,they were just too reckless and died.
40 posted on 09/25/2012 8:20:45 AM PDT by coalman (survived carter ,disco and clinton,just holding on till 2012)
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To: coalman

Definitely Metallica in the 80s. Frank Zappa deserves a seat in there somewhere, as well as Sabbath, Motörhead, and so many others.


41 posted on 09/25/2012 8:25:06 AM PDT by lefty-lie-spy (Stay metal. For the Horde \m/("_")\m/ - via iPhone from Tokyo.)
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To: lefty-lie-spy
You are welcome. Play Kashmir, Achilles Last Stand even Carouselambra as a memory today.
42 posted on 09/25/2012 8:25:10 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: lefty-lie-spy

I think we’re going for who was the most popular, not necessarily the best.

Personally, I think XTC was the band of the 80s, but that’s just me.


43 posted on 09/25/2012 8:27:03 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator

The Police could be in the mix.


44 posted on 09/25/2012 8:28:48 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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To: ConservativeStatement

The Police would have been if they made any albums after 1983.


45 posted on 09/25/2012 8:29:28 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator

I agree with ya


46 posted on 09/25/2012 8:29:29 AM PDT by Hegewisch Dupa (Vote for Goode, end up with evil, pat self on back repeatedly)
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To: ConservativeStatement

Sad Day, I remember hearing the news. I stacked all my Zep Albums on the Stereo and drank Jack Daniels while they played.


47 posted on 09/25/2012 8:30:05 AM PDT by Mad Dawgg (If you're going to deny my 1st Amendment rights then I must proceed to the 2nd one...)
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To: dfwgator
Or the one who spontaneously combusted and became a little green globule on his drum seat.

Love that movie.

48 posted on 09/25/2012 8:30:54 AM PDT by Lizavetta (You get what you tolerate)
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To: ConservativeStatement

I would submit Dire Straits as another potential band of the 80s, they certainly made some of the best albums of that decade.


49 posted on 09/25/2012 8:30:54 AM PDT by dfwgator (I'm voting for Ryan and that other guy.)
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To: dfwgator
Good choice.

MTV was a huge contributor to bands getting publicity. Duran Duran was a primary recipient of the video area.

50 posted on 09/25/2012 8:34:40 AM PDT by ConservativeStatement (Obama "acted stupidly.")
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