Thursday, July 30, 2015

Led Zeppelin's Jimmy Page about John Bonham's death: "Was a massive loss to everybody"


Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page recently talked with Metal XS about Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, you can read some excerpts below.


Page said: "John and I were really good pals. We were really, really close in our musical collaboration, if you want… the camaraderie. And just the sheer fact that, you know… 'Bonzo's Montreux' says it all, really. It was just the two of us working on it over there in the studio. The passing of John Bonham… Let's just put it… Before we say, 'the passing of John Bonham,' the introduction of John Bonham on the first album and 'Good Times Bad Times', it changes drumming overnight. So that's in 1968. And we're talking about 1980. It's twelve years of John Bonham's musical input being appreciated by the whole world of music in every way, the fact that it changes drumming, the fact that it changes people's appreciation of drums and music. John's passing was a massive loss to everybody. Everybody had been touched by John Bonham's music."

"John and I had discussed what the next album was going to be after 'In Through The Out Door', and… If I say to you, if you listen to what the sort of drumming he liked to play was, where he could really get into. And, you know, 'Bonzo's Montreux', the attitude of drumming on that. And he loved the riffs, he loved the riffs that I'd come up along with the way, he loved playing them, and he loved the whole, sort of, groove and swing to it, and he was keen to have a return to there on the next album, and so was I. I mean, that's a good illustration of when he was given a chance to make a drum orchestra, you can hear the attitude of it. But it would have had everybody's personality combined in it."