September 25

Rest in peace John Henry Bonham!

It was 35 years ago today that Bonham joined the all too long list of famous musicians who choked to death on their own vomit:

Tommy Dorsey, Jimi Hendrix, Bon Scott (just the February before) and now Bonham had joined those ranks.

I love Led Zeppelin II for many reasons. It has some of Led Zeppelin’s best and most recognizable songs and it includes my all time favorite air guitar song Bring It On Home:

Of course it also includes the Bonham showcase Moby Dick:

Is the best exhibition of drumming in rock and roll history? It is surely the most well known and perhaps the most popular. And to someone like me, who couldn’t keep a steady beat if I was sitting atop a metronome, it is very impressive.

So here’s to you John! Let’s all go dust off our copies of LZ II and celebrate with some good old fashioned air jamming!

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