For me personally, it was a tragic loss because at the time Led Zeppelin was my favorite band, and because John's death day was my birth day. It put a dark cloud over my plans to celebrate my 21st. I shared it here if you're interested - side note, yes, I'm 49, you can do the math but I'll never admit it - I've saying 38 for years and it still works ;)
Here are a few quotes from John and two videos that showcase a bit of his thunderous style. I miss you, Bonzo....
With Zeppelin, I tried to play something different every night in my solos. I'd play for 20 minutes but the longest ever was 30 minutes. It's a long time, but whenI was playing it seemed to fly by.
My nerves before a gig got worse; I had terrible bad nerves all the time. Once we started... I was fine.
I remember in the early days when we played six nights a week for a month and I was doing my long drum solo every night. My hands were covered in blisters.
I dare not drink before a gig because I'll get tired and blow it. So I have to sit drinking tea in a caravan.
Drumming was the only thing I was ever good at.