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September 24, 1980

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  • September 24, 1980
    John Bonham

    The group rehearse for their upcoming North American tour and later gather at Jimmy Page's home in Windsor. In the early afternoon of September 25th, John Bonham is found dead of Asphyxiation as he slept, ruled accidental by a coroner's inquest.

September 24, 1980
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John Bonham
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The group rehearse for their upcoming North American tour and later gather at Jimmy Page's home in Windsor. In the early afternoon of September 25th, John Bonham is found dead of Asphyxiation as he slept, ruled accidental by a coroner's inquest.

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Bob Meyer's picture

September 24th, 1980...

The day started with anticipation, as here in Chicago, the mail-order ticket form was due to come out in the morning newspapers.  Up early, my friends and I all got our ticket orders in the mail at the break of dawn.

Around noon, Chicago time, news started to come out on the radio about Bonzo's death. 

Numb...Speechless...Shock... Sadness...are the only thoughts or feelings I can remember, and spent rest of the day in disbelief.

A few days later, when the surviving members of Led Zeppelin announced the dis-banding, I knew it was the right decision - They couldn't possibly have continued as they were.

John Henry Bonham...Gone, but not Forgotten

Jeff Aleff's picture

32 years and three months went by before I found out John had left. I"m shocked with myself over how much time went by before I heard about it. Way beyond the odds.

My condolences to the John Bonham family and his personal friends.

Fortuneatly for me, I discovered two Zeppelin albums I didn't know existed; Physical Graffiti and Presence. Physical Graffiti I acquired a couple days ago. I'm still on the hunt for Presence.

The new tunes are great!

John, I'll catch you on the rebound.

Sincerely,

Jeff Aleff

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