Jon Bonham the drummer

Your favourite drummer? We ask one of our drum teachers.

Sunday, June 21st, 2015

As a drum teacher, I get requested many times to answer who my favorite drummers are. I usually answer with Stewart Copeland of the Police and Chad Smith of the Chili Peppers. The actual real reply, though is Led Zeppelins John Bonham. I don’t think he must always be said first however John Bonham can’t be every drummers favourite drummer? The sizeable drummer was at the back of Led Zeppelin would have became sixty seven on may just 31. He died on September 26, 1980 after downing roughly forty shots of vodka in 24 hours. Led Zeppelin wisely disbanded rapidly after Bonhams demise. The gap left at the back of by way of his passing was once simply too gigantic to fill.

At the time, there wasn’t any person able to take on a part in in Led Zeppelin like John Bonham. The Who’s Keith Moon was once probably the most maniacal drummer around, but Bonham was with ease essentially the most robust. His snare hits were like thunder claps, his bass drum work like the rumbling sound of an elephant on the move. And even as those two characteristics by itself were sufficient to make him stand out, the fact that the gigantic man had such an inherent swing to his drumming, and used to be able to create such a groove is what makes him a legend. We don’t count on our giants to be funky. We expect them to be sluggish, lumbering, menacing. We don’t assume them to groove, but John certainly did.

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