Nicko McBrain (IRON MAIDEN), Charlie Benante (ANTHRAX), Dave Lombardo (SLAYER), Ray Luzier (KORN), Steven Adler (GUNS N’ ROSES), Mike Portnoy (ADRENALINE MOB, DREAM THEATER) are among the drummers who took part in the Bonzo Bash NAMM Jamm 2013, the ultimate tribute to late LED ZEPPELIN drummer John Henry “Bonzo” Bonham, which took over Anaheim, California on Thursday, January 24 at the Observatory. Video footage of the performance can be seen below.
Bonzo Bash founder and S.U.N. guitarist Brian Thomas Tichy (formerly of WHITESNAKE) recently said, “Bonzo Bash is a drummer’s playground. There’s plenty of toys and our parents taught us to play well with others.
“It is a relatively simple concept. When I first thought of this, the idea seemed too cool NOT to try. You get a John Bonham replica drum kit (courtesy of Natal Drums) complete with Paiste gong and tympani, up front, center stage, and have each drummer perform their favorite LED ZEPPELIN song with a house band (THE MOBY DICKS).
“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! There is structure, and within the structure, there is freedom; freedom, groove, and volume! The combination makes the pace and vibe of this show like a backyard party right next to an annual wildebeest river crossing! John Bonham deserves it! His right foot alone deserves it!! Bonzo Bashes are always the ultimate Bonzo tribute show and that’s the fact, Jack!”