Bonzo

"First of all, I would like to say that I miss John Bonham very much. I first met Bonzo in Birmingham at a club called Mother's in 1970. After we had played (Trapeze), he came into our dressing room and was raving about how good our performance was. We struck up an instant friendship. John was an extremely generous man, and he would love to get together for drinks. A number of times when Trapeze played in the UK, John would join us. He would always play with us. Usually, he would want to play the song 'Jury' from Medusa. He would always be breaking drum sticks, and he was the loudest drummer ever!

After one show in London, we went to the Speakeasy Club. I was traveling with John in his new Jag. Normally, he had a driver, Matthew, but this time John and I were traveling alone. He was very tired on this particular evening, and he fell asleep during dinner. All of the restaurant staff couldn't wake him up; he was sleeping like a baby. Eventually, when he did awake, I asked him if I could drive us home, and he wouldn't have any of it. He just replied 'Onwards!'

It was about 6:30am, and it was just getting light on the M1 Motorway. We had been driving for about a half hour. I must have fallen asleep, and the next thing I know is we have plowed into the wall on the Motorway. We were not badly hurt, but a little shaken. We got out of the brand-new Jaguar, he looked at me, smiled, threw the keys up in the air, and he said "Let's go," and off we were to the nearest gas station, where we got a taxi home (about 100 miles). As far as I know, the car could still be there. The next week he was driving another one, identical, but another color. I asked him what happened to the other automobile, and he replied 'What automobile?!' We both laughed so hard!

I miss you, Bonzo. Thank you for being my friend."

Glenn, January 2000 Go Back








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