September 24, 2005
- gone but not forgotten
John - you are the best, RIP
Do you remember where you were when you heard the news that Bonzo was....dead? :(
It was my 21st birthday and I was feeling good. Over the weekend my friends have given me the BEST PARTY EVER. I was on the campus of Saddleback College and I noticed a group of people gathered around talking in hushed tones, some of them crying. One guy yelled over to me "Did you here? John Bonham is dead". It was inconceivable that he was dead. This meant there was no more Led Zeppelin (more on that later). How could this happen? People all over campus were talking. This was 1980 - Zeppelin was about to go on a US tour, the first in three years. Rumors were flying about whether or not it was a suicide. The actual cause of death was "choking induced by an alcohol overdose".
It truly was the day that Led Zeppelin ceases to exist. Unlike some rock bands who replace deceased members (The Who comes to mind) Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and John Paul Jones ended the band. I admire them because to this day they have turned down the opportunity to make millions of dollars by re-uniting the band but they have stood firm. The ONLY two times the three remaining band members played together was at 1985's Live Aid and the 1988 30th Anniversary concert for Atlantic Records - BUT GET THIS - guess who their drummer was on both those occasions? Jason Bonham. John's son had followed in his dads footsteps since he was a little kid and was chose as the ONLY one allowed to sit in for the BEST DRUMMER who ever lived.