Today (May 31) would’ve been John Bonham’s 70th birthday. As one of the best drummers in rock history (some would argue the best), it’s difficult to narrow down the breadth of his career to just five moments, but after heavy soul-searching, here are five of our favorite moments, from solos to intros and everywhere in between.
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“Rock and Roll”
Arguably his most iconic solo capping off “Rock and Roll,” short and sweet from the live concert film “The Song Remains the Same” in ‘73.
From Led Zeppelin’s 1970 show at the Royal Albert Hall. Bonham is a blistering blur of arms, sticks and hair for “Moby Dick.”
Another soulful solo from “The Song Remains the Same.” Makes you want to punch a hole through the wall and curse the rock gods for taking him away so early.
Solo From “Over The Top!”
This solo from “Over the Top!” during Zep’s last tour of the United States in ‘77. Almost get a bit teary eyed thinking about what could’ve been…
“Dazed and Confused”
Okay…now that’s not even humanly possible! Bonham puts the exclamation mark at the end of “Dazed and Confused.” I’m getting sweaty just watching this.