At midnight last Wendesday night, Thursday morning (in the first minute of the day that was John Bonham‘s 70th birthday), a man hailed as the best rock drummer in history was paid a tribute in the form of a statue placed in a central spot of his home town – Redditch, Worcestershire, England.
The bronze sculpture was created by Mark Richards. It is set on a plinth inspired by the sleeve illustration to the “Houses of the Holy” album as well as Bonham’s live pictures. It even captures a blurred stick movement in the air and hair swirling in drumming madness…
The sculpture is the result of years of fund raising, which was the work of a small group of dedicated fans in Redditch, and the support of John Bonham’s family. No official unveiling ceremony took place.
The inscription reads:
“The most outstanding and original drummer of his time. John Bonham’s popularity and influence continue to resonate within the world of music and beyond.”Share Share