May 31, 1948- September 25, 1980
Today marks the 30th anniversary of the death of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. Nicknamed Bonzo, Bonham was certainly on of the greatest drummers of all-time. Since the formation of Led Zeppelin in 1968, Bonham had been beating the skins for many years. Some of his drum solos were famous, including the amazing instrumental "Moby Dick". When performed live, Bonham would usually play for well over 20 minutes. Bonham died on September 25, 1980 at the house of Jimmy Page after a long night of drinking. The band were saddened by Bonham's death and the question of going on was a hard one to answer. One source claims the band thought about replacing Bonham with drummer Cozy Powell. In December, Led Zeppelin announced they would split up. The band did reunite on a few occasions, most recently in 2007. In the of these performances, Bonham was replaced by his son Jason. Jason is now on tour playing his father's music in honor of is memory.
Crank up some Zeppelin!
Rest in peace, Bonzo!