Thursday 31st May 2018
John Bonham, the legendary drummer of Led Zeppelin, has been honoured with the installation of a beautiful bronze memorial in his home town of Redditch. Unveiled in the early hours of 31st May 2018, on what would have been his 70th birthday, the John Bonham Memorial will serve as a permanent celebration of the powerhouse behind Led Zeppelin's charismatic songs and extended musical adventures who is consistently chosen as the best drummer ever in polls around the world.
John Bonham first joined forces with local singers and bands across the Midlands during the mid-1960s before his reputation boomed around the UK thanks to his legendary technique, power and exciting performances. He later joined the New Yardbirds (who later changed their name to Led Zeppelin) in 1968, helping to drive them to their meteoric position within the world of rock. The idea for a permanent memorial to the iconic drummer, whose work still influences genres throughout the world of music, originated with John's fans in Redditch who felt his work as one of the most outstanding and original drummers of his time deserved to be formally recognised in his home town.
As Roger Daltrey, frontman of The Who and honorary patron of Teenage Cancer Trust, said:
John Bonham's drumming echoed the hammers that forged the history of Redditch.
Created by acclaimed sculptor Mark Richards, the John Bonham Memorial was made possible thanks to generous donations from both sides of the Atlantic. All excess monies raised from this fundraising campaign were donated to Teenage Cancer Trust to help support young people with cancer across the West Midlands, and the John Bonham Memorial has already pledged £150,000 to further this vital work.
Now, to coincide with the unveiling of the memorial, an exclusive John Bonham Memorial T-shirt has been launched which can be purchased from the John Bonham Official Merchandise Store. 100% of profits from the sale of the T-shirt will go to support Teenage Cancer Trust in the West Midlands to fund crucial services for young people before, during and after their cancer treatment.
Linda Noon, Interim Director of Fundraising at Teenage Cancer Trust, said:
As an organisation that relies 100 per cent on voluntary donations, we are so grateful to John Bonham Memorial for helping us reach more teenagers and young people with cancer across the West Midlands. For every young person we reach, there is another one we can't. This support will help us continue providing young people with the specialised nursing and emotional support they desperately need.
Just as John's legendary musical prowess first took hold in the West Midlands, so his legacy will continue to support children and young adults with cancer across the region he called home along with his wife, Patricia, and their two children until his untimely passing on 25th September 1980.