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5 Stellar John Bonham Drum Moments

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.

Led Zeppelin - Rock And Roll (Live Video)

© 2007 WMG Rock And Roll (Live Video)


"Moby Dick"

From Led Zeppelin’s 1970 show at the Royal Albert Hall. Bonham is a blistering blur of arms, sticks and hair for “Moby Dick.”

Led zeppelin moby dick full

best drum solo ever . Led Zeppelin - Live at the Royal Albert Hall 1970),

Solo From "The Song Remains The Same"

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.


Edited from the film "The song remains the same" (1973, N.Y.)


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…

John Bonham ~ Over The Top! LIVE Seattle 77

This the full length VIDEO of John Bonham's entire drum solo from Led Zeppelin's 1977 tour stop in Seattle. The solo gets really trippy at (18:22). The concert was shot on film cameras that were not set for the low light levels on stage. The result is both artistic and frustrating at times.


"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.

John Bonham quick solo 1973 (correct speed)

Short clip of Bonham's drumming abilities at the end of Dazed & Confused, taken from the dvd The Song Remains The Same. Earlier versions of this dvd (like the one with the guitar on the cover) did not have the correct speed, infact it wasn't untill 2007 that a dvd with the correct speed/pitch was released.