It took long enough, but Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham now has a monument the drummer in his home town of Redditch, and it co-insided with his 70th birthday.
The statue was created by British sculptor Mark Richards, and the funding came from years of collecting on behalf of the The John Bonham Memorial Fund, which was founded back in 2013. The statue also arrived the same year that Led Zeppelin’s legacy is being celebrated to mark the bands 50th anniversary.
Richards posted images of his monument on Twitter, and he said of the piece: “Delighted that my memorial sculpture to John Bonham was installed over night in Redditch town center. Thanks to all who helped make this happen.”
Also, earlier this year, Zeppelin’s guitarist Jimmy Page had hinted that a new Led Zeppelin live release was on the cards, saying: “I can’t give the game away, but there’s a recording that’s another multi-track that we’ll release.
“It’s so different to all the other things that are out there. It’s another view compared to How The West Was Won or The Song Remains The Same. I’m looking forward to people hearing that.”
Bonham died tragically at the age of 32 on September 25th, 1980.