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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #9)

Tue Feb 19, 2013, 04:40 PM

20. Heresy! Not simply "A drummer" but the greatest. Zepplin died with Bonzo.

The fastest right foot in rock history. One of the main things that separates Zeppelin from every other band that played electric blues is Bonham's sense of the groove and his heavenly syncopation. Huge drum sticks -- "trees" A Ludwig set which duplicated (oddly enough) the set from Vanilla Fudge's drummer Carmine Appice. Bonzo was the most influential drummer in rock, a drummer's drummer as Dave Grohl notes:

John Bonham played the drums like someone who didn't know what was going to happen next—like he was teetering on the edge of a cliff. No one has come close to that since, and I don't think anybody ever will. I think he will forever be the greatest drummer of all time.


Bonham is the reason no one can cover this song with quite the same groove he achieved (same for The Ocean, Moby Dick, Misty Mtn Hop, and Fool in the Rain). This song starts and ends with Bonham, just like Led Zeppelin did:



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