23rd Oct, 2020

Redditch rock and roll star John Bonham to be celebrated over three days next week

Harry Leach 17th Sep, 2020 Updated: 17th Sep, 2020

THE life of Redditch rock and roll star John Bonham will be celebrated over the course of three days next week, 40 years after his death.

Fans of the legendary drummer can breathe a sigh of relief knowing they will still be able to mark the occasion after the disappointing postponement of festival John Bonham: A Celebration until 2021.

Instead there will be a short film about John’s early life in the town and his rise on the Birmingham music scene pre-Led Zeppelin.

The film will air on YouTube channel ‘John Bonham A Celebration’ at 8pm on Thursday, September 24.

Ros Sidaway, who owns the newly opened Vintage Trax record shop on Church Green East, said: “We were unable to obtain a licence for a Covid-secure outdoor festival but we have managed to put together a small programme to mark the 40th anniversary since John’s passing.

“On Friday, September 25 we will be holding a candlelight vigil at the John Bonham Memorial on Mercian Square at 7.30pm.

“It will be a quiet gathering with candles, flowers and tributes to John.

“And on Saturday, September 26 we will hold ‘John Bonham: A Commemoration’ at the The Black Tap pub on Church Green East from 1pm to 7pm.”

At the pub there will be live rock music played by local bands and entry will be free.

Tables are limited to six people and must be booked in advance by calling or texting 07857 297907.

There will be a raffle and a merchandise stall too, with proceeds going towards the costs of staging the event.

Due to the limited capacity of 60 people, it is hoped the event will be live-streamed via Facebook.

Ros added: “This is a way to remember John and an opportunity for fans to raise a glass to him.”

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