THERE is a memorial weekend being held at the Rose Garden next Friday (September 25) and Saturday (September 26) to remember the life of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham, 35 years since the death of the Redditch musician.
The Friday will feature a candlelight vigil with candles, flowers and tributes, starting at 8pm, with a musical tribute taking place on the Saturday, lasting from 11am until 5pm.
Garage Rock band Voodo Club, Acoustic duo Alan Sheward & Aalia Large, solo singer songwriter, Stuart Wolfenden , young blues guitarist Dom Hawthorne, and female fronted pop covers band Mimosa are amongst those who will be performing both original material and covers, including some Led Zeppelin, during the afternoon event.
The audience will also hear classic Led Zep tracks throughout the afternoon, courtesy of Vintage Trax Roadshow before headliners, swamp blues band Lenny James and the Gator Squad, wrap up the memorial fund raising event.
The Band’s harmonica player, Colin Andrews was a friend of John’s brother Mick, and guested on their sister, Deborah Bonham’s album, “The Old Hyde” and has made guest appearances on her tour.
The weekend has been organised in part by The John Bonham Memorial Fund, which is working to raise £50,000 so that a memorial can be designed and installed in time for 31 May 2016, on what would have been the Redditch-born drummer’s 68th birthday.
Treasurer of the fund, Ros Sidaway, said, “35 years on, music fans worldwide still talk about John Bonham and his unique and hard hitting drumming style. We want to ensure he is never forgotten here in Redditch.
“We invite local people and fans of Led Zeppelin from further afield to join us to remember John and celebrate his life,” he added.
The two day event is being held at the Rose Garden, which can be found on Birchfield Cross, Headless Cross.
For further information and to donate to the fund visit www.johnbonhammemorialfund.com .