By Matt Dolloff (@mattdolloff)
It’s crazy to think that John Bonham could have been a carpenter. Or ended up as the drummer for Joe Cocker. It took some convincing for him to join Led Zeppelin, but nothing was going to stop this absolute tornado of a performer from becoming not just a great drummer, but a legendary one.
Bonham, who tragically passed away on September 25, 1980, was a drumming innovator – not necessarily in terms of style or technique, but pure aggression. Before him, little to no drummers pounded away with as much vigor as he did. You not only heard Bonham’s visceral beats, you felt them.
“Bonzo” was also a master of rock “grooves”. The above clip of “Moby Dick” shows how smoothly he intertwined with Jimmy Page’s riffs, and of course there’s the epic drum solo in the middle.
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