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BONZO: The Groove Remains the Same Show Review - by Craig Marazzo
Hollywood, California was the place to be on Sept 25,2010 to see a legendary show in honor of John Henry Bonham who passed away 30 years ago to the day.
Nineteen great rock drummers saluted the the man who powered the Led Zeppelin machine.
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First Annual Tribute Show to John Henry Bonham
on the 30th anniversary of the worlds great loss.
This event was established and presented by Brian Tichy, Drummer for Billy Idol, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne, Slash’s Snakepit and Now Whitesnake. We ALL thank you Brian!!!
On stage and for one night only, John Bonham’s son and current Led Zeppelin drummer, Jason Bonham, headed a rotating cast of guest drummers in a Led Zeppelin packed evening.
DRUMMERS THERE TO PAY TRIBUTE TO BONZO: Steven Adler (Guns ‘N Roses, Adler’s Appetite), Vinny Appice (Heaven and Hell), Kenny Aronoff (John Cougar, John Fogerty), Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot), Fred Coury (Cinderella), Jimmy D’Anda (Bulletboys), James Kottak (Scorpions), Khurt Maier (Salty Dog), Chris Slade (The Firm, AC/DC), Chad Smith (Red Hot Chili Peppers, Chickenfoot), Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, Billy Idol, Ozzy), Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa, Duran Duran), Stephen Perkins (Jane’s Addiction), Abe Laboriel, Jr. (Paul McCartney) Bobby Blotzer (RATT) and Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio). Carmine Appice (Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart) and Mike Portnoy (Dream Theater/Avenged Sevenfold) performed via video.
Held Saturday, September 25 @ 8 PM, at the Key Club in West Hollywood, California.
Hearing legendary Zeppelin songs, all night performed by a great band with the style of each drummer apparent (on a very Bonham sounding drum kit), how could you go wrong? With the drummers starting somewhere around 9:30 pm and ending the show at 1:44 am it was well worth the ticket price and five hours of standing. Before the drummers kicked in there was an acoustic band, which had a five-piece string quartet from the LA and Santa Barbara Philharmonics.. They played softer Zeppelin classics such as That's the Way and Goin to California.
The night also came with some surprises as Deborah Bonham spoke about her brother and then delivered a very heartfelt gritty version of Since I’ve Been Loving You. Zoe Bonham later in the show entered with her drum corps playing Bonzo's Montreux. She also spoke about her father and then jumped into When the Levee Breaks playing harmonica and singing! John's wife was also in attendance.
Son Jason Bonham took the stage for Kashmir and started Moby Dick in which each drummer handed off the sticks as every one of them took a turn during the solo. Jason also spoke about his dad, commenting on the music and how fresh Pop’s beats still sound to this day. He also expressed heartfelt gratitude for the big family of fans he has inherited.
Slide show of images from the event by Craig Marazzo.
Tribute by John Bonham's sister Deborah and vocal on "Since I've Been Loving You" with Ratt drummer Khurt Maier.
The show was a full power packed performance surrounding [purportedly] John's kit brought in from the Bonham estate used on The Song Remains the Same. 26″/14″/16″/18″ Ludwig amber Vistalites, 2002s, gong, timp, and clear “3 Rings” bass drum head. Between songs, the kit looked like a race car at a pit stop, noted KLOS’s Uncle Joe Benson, who MC'ed the event.