John Bonham’s Biggest Dream Jimmy Page Fulfilled In Led Zeppelin
Each drumming style has its type of rhythm, changing to the genre it follows. However, the mixed and varied techniques that allowed the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham to play in any style distinguished him from the other big names of drumming. His uniqueness came from the excellent skills that permitted him to adapt to any sound. Bonham’s signature sound also contributed considerably to Led Zeppelin’s tremendous success in their career.
John Bonham changed rock drumming forever with his endless innovation and musical authenticity. His deep love and dedication to his instrument still inspire younger generations of drummers. Unfortunately, Led Zeppelin’s legendary drummer passed away on September 25, 1980, due to inhalation of vomit in bed during sleep. Luckily, he could fulfill one of his biggest dreams before his death with the help of one of his bandmates, Jimmy Page.
How Did Jimmy Page Help John Bonham For His Ultimate Goal?
Despite being at the height of its success, Led Zeppelin experienced many obstacles during the mid-’70s. Britain’s high tax rates led several popular UK bands to flee the country to avoid a large part of their earnings back into the government’s pocket. Due to the strict British tax laws, the band spent the entire 1975 touring abroad. The group’s exile status also continued in 1976, preventing them from returning home.
However, it didn’t stop the band from producing new material. In September 1976, Jimmy Page and John Bonham entered the studio to fulfill the late drummer’s biggest dream. Bonham’s long-term wish was to record a song that would contain only drum parts. The drummer’s bandmate, Jimmy Page, was very supportive of his request, and they recorded the drum solo ‘Bonzo’s Montreux’ at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland.
In his book, ‘Led Zeppelin: All the Albums, All the Songs, Expanded Edition,’ Martin Popoff wrote that Jimmy Page made Bonham’s long-held wish come true to record an all-drums track. The guitarist was very impressed with Bonham’s eagerness, so he helped with all the technical details that allowed him to have a song on drums. The track was released on the band’s first compilation album, ‘Coda,’ in 1982, after John Bonham’s passing. Led Zeppelin never performed live ‘Bonzo’s Montreux’ at their concerts.
You can listen to the song below.