Wednesday, 20 August 2014

Church gig to get John Bonham statue bid on a roll

Deborah Bonham in action with John Bonham in Led Zeppelin, top, and Deborah with Paul Rodgers, below
Her big brother went on to be a rock legend who would die at a tragically young age.
Now Deborah Bonham will help fans immortalise Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, who died in 1980 aged just 32, with a memorial in his hometown of Redditch.
Deborah, 52, will play a gig at a church in the town to kickstart an appeal for a lasting tribute to John. And the performance will be her first in the place where she was raised.
She was six years old when John joined the group. Their house was a walk across fields from what was then a tiny market town, and her mum’s lounge was a second home for many Midlands bands in the late 60s.
“This is something that the fans wanted to do,” said Deborah. “There have been so many positive fans getting in touch – they want to feel they have given something back.
“Famous people that respected John and loved him as a person have come to me and said ‘can we send video messages to play in the church?’
“We’re setting up messages from people across the world, saying what the whole idea means to them.”
Tapes will be played from Paul Rodgers, Dave Pegg of Fairport Convention, and John’s children Jason – who’s touring – and Zoe, who lives in LA.

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