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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I Still Love You, Bonzo!

It's been a whopping 32 long years since tour manager Benji Lefebvre and John Paul Jones went to wake up John Henry Bonham in Jimmy Page's house and found him dead. 32 years. Damn. And it's my viewpoint that with Bonzo's death, all good things began to vanish.


He's one of those people I'll miss and wonder what he would've done all my life. In fact, I'm adopting a new motto: "What Would Bonzo Do?" :)
I wonder what kind of old guy he would've been. We've recently seen the other three at the press release for "Celebration Day", the vid of the 2007 reunion concert where Jason Bonham played in his Dad's stead:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JcjAalenKfA

Unfortunately, we can't know what Bonzo's thinking but I'm pretty sure he's proud of his son. And that his music lives on, so long past his short life. Indeed, he's now been dead as long as he lived. But watching him in the concert film "The Song Remains The Same", his fantasy sequence was about his farm, family, pub and vehicles. While the other three played dreamy bits of mythical characters and archtypes, John Bonham's fantasy was to be home.

They don't make 'em like him anymore. Unforgettable.
Cheers, and thanks for all the joy, Bonzo.

10 comments:

Geo. said...

Moving eulogy. Timeless and well-composed. So many good things disappear, but you're alert for the beauty they leave, and eloquent. Ok, I guess you're a good influence on me.

The Elephant's Child said...

I love the way you cherish and share things with us. Led Z were big in my formative years ...
And would they have water glasses in front of them in the day? No, I didn't think so.

Starting Over, Accepting Changes - Maybe said...

So many passed too soon.

Twisted Scottish Bastard said...

I always thought that Bonzo was a monkey.

Austan said...

Geo.- Your comments (and posts) are inspirational to me. ;)

Austan said...

EC- I love that line in an AbFab episode where Patsy says, "Who chokes on their own vomit and dies these days, darling? No one!"

Austan said...

Arleen- They did. Much too young.

Austan said...

TSB- That was Reagan's first running mate. This Bonzo came later and wasn't a Republican.

Sherri said...

If I'm not mistaken, Bonham was the first to introduce the double kick bass drum... he was an amazing musician... amazing!

Austan said...

Sherri- Yes he was, I'm glad you brought it up!