Skip to comments.Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham Dies – 32 Years Ago
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 rocks greatest bands.
The groups 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 Pages house in advance of an American tour.
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“Moby Dick” from 1970.
Attended their last Bay Area show, way back when I was a young punk.
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!
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.
Better way to go than the Spinal Tap drummer who choked on somebody else’s vomit.
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.
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.
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.
When they broke up, I figured the next LZ would show up soon.
I’m still waiting. Has any group come close?
As I was a blues fan in the late 1960’s, I loved Zepplin’s first album, and none since.
And Plant ripped off Janis Joplin’s singing style on those early albums.
Ditto.... his son isn’t too bad either!
I prefer Moonie to Bonham, myself.
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.
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.
Lez Zeppelin? (sarc.)
In before the requests to get Keith Moon as a replacement...
I agree that the appreciate Moon, you have to listen to the pre-Tommy stuff.
I’m with you. Moon made the drum an instrument rather than just a manned metronome.
I would also add that when Plant went on his first solo tour, who did he pick to be the drummer.....Phil Collins.
—— As I was a blues fan in the late 1960s, I loved Zepplins 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.
So did Frida post-ABBA.
Yeah, Phil pretty much drummed for anybody in the 80s, even Adam Ant.
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.
Ah, true. Whatever happened to Marco Pirroni?
I would probably say U2 was the band of the 80s.
Rush never did anything for me. Van Halen had their moments. I can’t think of much else.
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.
Probably Pearl Jam was the band of the first half of the 90s.
90s - Pearl Jam
00s - White Stripes
-—— Ive 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.
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.
Yeah, I’d like to see Bonham try his hand at “Apocalypse in 9/8”.
Ping-a-ling!!! Led Zeppelin forever. Thanks for the reminder.
Definitely Metallica in the 80s. Frank Zappa deserves a seat in there somewhere, as well as Sabbath, Motörhead, and so many others.
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.
The Police could be in the mix.
The Police would have been if they made any albums after 1983.
I agree with ya
Sad Day, I remember hearing the news. I stacked all my Zep Albums on the Stereo and drank Jack Daniels while they played.
Love that movie.
I would submit Dire Straits as another potential band of the 80s, they certainly made some of the best albums of that decade.
MTV was a huge contributor to bands getting publicity. Duran Duran was a primary recipient of the video area.
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