New Bonzo Bash Tribute Show To Led Zeppelin's John Bonham

05/17/2013
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Brian Tichy and Joe Sutton have announced details of their next Bonzo Bash where noted musicians gather to perform and pay tribute to legendary Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

The Bonzo Bash is set to take place on what would have been Bonham's 65th birthday on Friday May 31st at Revolution 140 Merrick Rd in Amityville, New York.

There have been five previous Bonzo Bashs since the first one in 2010. The last Bonzo Bash took place during this year's NAMM convention in Anaheim, Ca and featured five hours of music with 30 drummers and a total of 52 performers in all.

Tichy explains the whole concept behind the Bonzo Bash, "I had this idea back in 2010 when one day it occurred to me that John Bonham and Led Zeppelin were the only band I had never stopped listening to for over 30 years. The idea literally came to me in that instant. I was going to go for a backyard party or a kegger in a rehearsal room, but then figured if all these drummers actually get together and make it a 'thing,' it should be made available for people to see so I talked to promoter Joe Sutton, a Zep Head himself, who happened to have the exact night on hold at Key Club and that was that!

"The concept is simple: each drummer chooses his or her favorite Led Zeppelin song and plays it on an amber acrylic drum kit with house band The Moby Dicks. This coming together of the world's best drummers also brings with it an undeniable, communal spirit that is very hard to find at any other type of rock show. We all have a great time as it's all about celebrating the amazing drumming of John Bonham and his timeless impact. The energy is thick, the egoless vibes prevail and we all walk away with great memories! I've never seen so many smiling faces at a rock show!

"People constantly ask for us to take this juggernaut on the road but in theory, it's not unlike a river crossing of wildebeests during migration season! But, by going to a city like New York with my home state New Jersey next door and inviting the best drummers in the area, it became apparent that we may be able to pull this off after all!

"So, grab a couple tickets and get dazzled by a great house band and one of the most unique shows you'll ever see featuring some of the world's best drummers around!"

Drummers:
* Carmine Appice (drum legend, co-hosting Only)
* Michael Cartellone (Lynyrd Skynyrd, Damn Yankees)
* Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel)
* Joe Franco (Good Rats, Twisted Sister, Widowmaker)
* Jerry Gaskill (King's X)
* Jojo Mayer (Nerve)
* Johnny Kelly (Danzig, Type O Negative)
* Jonathan Mover (Aretha Franklin, Joe Satriani)
* A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister)
* Van Romaine (Steve Morse)
* Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Black Sabbath)
* Matt Starr (Ace Frehley, Burning Rain)
* Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, S.U.N.)
* Steven Wolf (Alicia Keys, Pink, Britney Spears)

Special guests:
* Russell Allen (Adrenaline Mob, Tred)
* Sass Jordan (S.U.N.)
* Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob, Tred)

The Moby Dicks:
* Rob Clores (Black Crowes, Enrique Iglesias) - Keyboards (East Coast Moby Dick/Special Guest)

* John "JD" DeServio (Black Label Society, C.O.P.) - Bass (East Coast Moby Dick/Special Guest)

* Chas West (Bonham, Lynch Mob) - Vocals (Moby Dick)

* Brent Woods (Vince Neil, Sebastian Bach, Brentwood Forest) - Guitar (Moby Dick)

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