Bonham’s home town starts statue campaign
Led Zeppelin fans have launched a campaign to have drummer John Bonham commemorated in his home town of Redditch in Worcestershire.
Three local businesses have teamed up to raise funds for a statue or sculpture of the iconic musician, who died in 1980, bringing about the end of the band.
And Bonham’s sister, singer Deborah, has added her support, telling the Redditch Standard: “I’m absolutely thrilled about it. John was unassuming, so he’d probably be a bit shy about it – but I know he’d be very proud.
“I wish it had happened when my dad, mum and brother Michael were alive. To see it up there will be very emotional. It’s just wonderful to know he mans that much, and his music brought that much joy to so many people.”
Sam Dallaway, who runs Rocktave Music Teaching Studios in the town, says: “John Bonham was a true Redditch legend – he was born in the town, brought up in the town and made his music in the town to begin with. That’s why we should honour him.”
Rocktave is joined by Vintage Trax and chartered accountants Hayward Wright Ltd in the campaign, which is also supported by Redditch Town Centre Partnership and the borough council.
The first event is a night of music at Redditch United FC’s stadium on Friday, while Mick Bonham’s book about his brother has been republished to raise funds and is on sale in the town’s Cafe Mambo. An international campaign website will be launched in the autumn.
• Meanwhile, a plan to have AC/DC icon Bon Scott commemorated in his home town of Kirriemuir in Scotland remains on track after a Kickstarter campaign fell short of achieving its financial goal. No money was taken from those who pledged donations and organisers DD8 Music are raising funds by alternative means. They’ve gathered nearly £17,000 of the £50,000 needed and will hold their next event on October 5. Find out more.