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John Bonham statue campaign wins new support

The campaign to have a statue of Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham in Redditch has won new support - from a top tribute band of the legendary rock icons.

Hats Off To Led Zeppelin, one of the official tribute acts of the iconic band, will be organising a collection at their show at Birmingham's New Alexandra Theatre next month.

The cash raised will go toward the John Bonham Memorial Fund, set up by a group of devoted fans in Redditch.

The group say that a statue would not only be a fitting tribute to the town's most famous son but also a major tourist attraction, which could be visited by thousands of rock fans from all around the world.

Kevin Oliver Jones, from the tribute band, said: "As massive Led Zeppelin fans we are honoured to be supporting the John Bonham Memorial Fund.

"John Bonham is widely considered to be one of the best drummers in history so Hats Off To Led Zeppelin are proud to be supporting this cause to immortalise his legend and raise funds for a statue in his home town."

Born in 1948 in Redditch, Bonham began playing drums at the age of five, making a kit out of containers and coffee tins and getting his first proper drum kit from his father at the age of 15.

After playing with a number of local bands he went on to worldwide stardom with Led Zeppelin - one of the world's most famous rock bands.

He died at the age of 32 on September 25, 1980, leaving a wife and two children, but he also left a legacy of hallmark recordings for the band.

Campaigners from the John Bonham Memorial Fund hope to give Bonham's statue pride of place in the town's Church Green, where the bandstand currently sits.

Hats Off To Led Zeppelin, who have appeared in West End productions including We Will Rock You, Rent and Thriller LIVE, will be playing Thursday, November 14.

For more information, visit hatsofftoledzeppelin.co.uk.

For information about the campaign, visit johnbonhamfund.weebly.com.

From: Redditch & Alcester Advertiser

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November 21, 1968 - Robert becomes a father to a baby girl named Carmen Jane.
November 09, 1968 - Robert marries Maureen in London. Their reception is a performance at the Roundhouse in London
November xx, 1969 - Tempers flare over Atlantic in the UK wanting to release singles
November xx, 1969 - Recording for Led Zeppelin III begins at Olympic Studios in London
November xx, 1970 - Plans are in motion for a Yardbirds reunion
November 08, 1971 - Finally after much anticipation, Untitled is released
November xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy is mixed and completed
November 10, 1972 - Led Zeppelin sell out 120,000 tickets in one day
November xx, 1973 - Initial recordings for Physical Graffiti commences at Headley Grange
November 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finalize the purchase of Headley Grange to be their new corporate headquarters
November xx, 1974 - The band makes plans and rehearses for the tenth North American tour
November xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin records Presence in a mere 18 days
November xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin book into Ezyhire Studios to rehearse new material for an upcoming tour
November 04, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same movie premieres in Europe
November xx, 1977 - Jimmy dispells rumors of Led Zeppelin’s break up
November 06, 1978 - Led Zeppelin purchase and ship new gear to Polar Studios to begin work on a new album
November 10, 1979 - Led Zeppelin and their entire entourage attend an ABBA concert
November 07, 1980 - The band meets with Peter Grant to announce the retirement of Led Zeppelin
November 29, 1999 - The RIAA announced that Led Zeppelin were only the third act in music history to achieve four or more Diamond albums, a Diamond album being awarded for accredited sales of more than 10 million units in the US.
November 01, 2007 - An announcement was made that Jimmy Page had fractured his finger on his left hand after a fall in his garden and the reunion show would be postponed to December 10, 2007.
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