Former Dream Theater drummer Mike Portnoy announced that he is taking part in a birthday tribute bash for late Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham.
The tribute is follow up to the previous tribute concerts, Bonzo: The Groove Remains The Same, and will take place on Bonham's birthday on May 31st at the House Of Blues in Los Angeles.
Portnoy isn't the only star who has signed up. The show is set to feature current and former members of AC/DC, Guns N' Roses, Black Sabbath, Quiet Riot, Ratt, Korn, Alice Cooper, Whitesnake and more.
Here is the announcement Portnoy made on his Facebook page: After 3 groundbreaking tribute shows entitled "", as well as popular demand and a collective passion and respect amongst all the participating drummers, past and present to John Bonham, the greatest rock drummer ever, Brian Tichy and Joe Sutton have decided to go for it once again!
Bonzo's Birthday Bash is taking place on May 31st; Bonzo's exact birthday! Many of the past drummers who have performed already are back, as well as some new players!
Whitesnake drummer/ S.U.N. guitarist/ Bonzo Bash founder Brian Tichy says, "When I first thought of this, the idea seemed too cool and simple NOT to try; get a John Bonham replica drum set, complete with gong and timpani, up front, center stage, and have each drummer perform their favorite Led Zep song with a house band (The Moby Dicks). There are no rules other than to have fun putting your own groove and character into your song choice! It's such a unique night, seeing how all these great drummers approach the same drum set making it their own! And The Moby Dicks hold their own as a true force to be reckoned with! We have structure and within the structure there is total freedom, making the pace and vibe of this show somewhere between a backyard party and a.... backyard party with a killer band playing Led Zep songs! Haha! Our previous shows were named 'The Groove Remains The Same', but this tribute falls on Bonzo's exact birthday
and we wanted to let that be known!
I am a tried and true Zep Head; a total Bonzo Freak! Bonzo is my lifelong most "listened to" drummer! This is a labor of love. The camaraderie and ego-less respect amongst all involved is something very rare to be a part of these days. Ask any of us! We've never been part of a show quite like this before! There has never been a tribute like this to a musician before! John Bonham deserves it! Bonzo's Birthday Bash is the ultimate tribute show and that's that! So get a ticket, get a good seat, grab a now classic "Bonzo Burger" and get into the festivities!
The cast of ever growing drummers and guest players starts here! More to come soon!
Steven Adler (Guns 'N Roses/ Adler)
Seven Antonopoulos (Opiate For The Masses/ Leaves' Eyes)
Camine Appice (Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, drum legend)
Vinny Appice (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven And Hell, Kill Devil Hill)
Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot)
Bobby Blotzer (Ratt)
Fred Coury (Cinderella)
Jimmy D'Anda (Bulletboys)
Ray Luzier (Korn)
Khurt Maier (Salty Dog)
Mike Portnoy (ex-Dream Theater/ Adrenaline Mob / Flying Colors)
Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper)
Brian Tichy (Whitesnake/ S.U.N.)
Joe Travers (Zappa Plays Zappa)
Simon Wright (AC/DC / Dio)
The Moby Dicks:
Michael Devin- bass (Whitesnake)
Stephen LeBlanc- keys (Jason Bonham's Led Zep Exp.)
Keith St. John- vox (Montrose)
Brian Tichy- guitar, drums (S.U.N.)
Brent Woods- lead and rhythm guitars (Brentwood Forest)