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John Bonham Sculpture Erected In Hometown On Would’ve Been His 70th Birthday

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Yesterday (May 31st), on what would have been John Bonham’s 70th birthday, a massive sculpture by Mark Richards was unveiled in the Led Zeppelin drummer’s hometown of Redditch, England. Ultimate Classic Rock posted a photo of the monument, reporting, “It stands six feet high, is 16 feet wide and weighs more than 5,000 pounds. One side features Bonham pounding away at his kit. On the back of the gong is his full name, John Henry Bonham, his birthdate (May 31st, 1948) and the day of his death (September 25th, 1980).” The inscription reads: “The most outstanding and original drummer of his time, John Bonham’s popularity and influence continue to resonate within the world of music and beyond.”

Jimmy Page told us that he knew from the beginning that the magic surrounding Led Zeppelin wouldn’t last forever: “I said, basically around the time of the first album, it’s all a race against time, and I think it is. It still is. It still is a race against time and trying to do good work and improve on what you’ve done. It’s more difficult as you get older because you know your days are numbered, really. Within Zeppelin we had this amazing vehicle that we could continue and continue and just come up with amazing things — which fortunately we did continue, and we did come up with amazing stuff. But I still thought it was a race against time. I had no idea how prophetic it would be with the loss of John Bonham.”

Photo Courtesy of Swan Song

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