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.)
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