December 29, 1979

"Concert For Kampuchea" Benefit

date: 
December 29, 1979
description: 
"Concert For Kampuchea" Benefit

A charity concert organized by Unicef assembles a range of musicians to London's Hammersmith Odeon over several nights. Robert Plant joins Dave Edmunds and Rockpile for a performance of Little Sister, while John Bonham and John Paul Jones also perform during an all-star "Rochestra"  jam. A double-LP of the event is officially released and includes: Queen, The Who, Elvis Costello, and Paul McCartney.

John Bonham's brother, Mick, recalled the event in his book "Bonham by Bonham":  The curtain went up to reveal a myriad of superstars. My problem as photographer was that John was so high up at the back of the stage, I could just make out his top hat bobbing up and down. Still, it didn't detract from the great playing as the band ripped through the "Rochestra" theme, followed by the Beatles' "Let It Be", and climaxed with Little Richard's "Lucille". After the show we returned to Blakes Hotel, along with Jonesy, who was also staying there and upon finding a small bar with a piano, we finished off the evening singing some old classics with great backing by John Paul Jones.

 

 

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