Led Zeppelin Drummer John Bonham Honored With Statue In Hometown
A statue honoring John Bonham was erected in the late Led Zeppelin drummer’s hometown in England. The bronze memorial statue created by British sculptor Mark Richards was unveiled in Redditch, Worcestershire yesterday, which would have been Bonham’s 70th birthday.
Bonham passed away on September 25, 1980 at the age of 32. The effort to honor Bonham with a memorial statue was driven by the fan-led John Bonham Memorial Fund. Fundraising for the statute, which was placed in Mercian Square, began in 2013 and according to a post by Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant included “generous donations from both sides of the Atlantic.”
Plant also noted any additional proceeds collected by The John Bonham Memorial Fund will be donated to the Teenage Cancer Trust West Midlands. Additionally, 100 percent of profits sold from a specially designed commemorative t-shirt will be donated to Teenage Cancer Trust.