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Deborah Bonham
The sister of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham has spoken about why she turned to faith.

Deborah Bonham talks about her older brother John, her life and Christian faith in an interview with Nick Battle on Premer Christian Radio's Men@Work programme at 8pm on Saturday.

She shares how she had a dream about her two departed brothers and how it inspired her to stop drinking and partying, and change how she was living her life.

"I'd been through a few years of heavy alcohol and partying," she says.

"Then I had a real strange dream. My two brothers came to me, took me by the hand, and were leading me away.

"My mother was still alive then and I looked after her so it must have been in my head that I couldn't leave her. 'You're coming with us,' they said. 'We did warn you.'

"I said 'I'm not ready to go'. Then I woke up and said to myself 'that's it'. I sold my house in London, went down to the south coast and got my rescue horses and rescue dogs and started working with a charity."

She goes on to reflect about the impact of losing her father and two brothers, and how this shaped her view of life as borrowed time.

She also talks about how she tries to look for the good in all people.

"If you have faith, you do always look for good," says Deborah.

"It's important to find a fleck of light somewhere in other people. I hope I can trigger something for others to get faith.

"I believe that we see our loved ones again. I have no doubt in my mind that I'm going to see my family again."


This weekend (Saturday 20th - 20:00)

Nick Battle will be chatting to Deborah Bonham, the sister of Led Zeppelin rock legend John Bonham. She will be recalling memories of growing up with her brother and the world's greatest rock band, as well as talking about her faith and music too.

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Led Zeppelin History

March 17, 1969 - A four-song performance is filmed for TV Byen in Denmark (aired on May 19, 1969)
March 21, 1969 - Zeppelin’s debut TV appearance on "How It Is"
March 25, 1969 - Filming session for the Supershow
March xx, 1970 - The band turns down many TV offers worth large sums
March 05, 1971 - Led Zeppelin started a 12-date "Thank You" tour for British fans, appearing at the clubs from their early days and charging the same admission prices as in 1968. The first show was at Ulster Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland where they played songs from their upcoming fourth album, including the first public performances of Black Dog, Stairway To Heaven, Going To California and Rock And Roll.
March 12, 1972 - Page and Plant rehearse some songs with the Bombay Orchestra
March 25, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finally release Houses of the Holy after production issues with the album cover
March 28, 1973 - Led Zeppelin released Houses Of The Holy in the UK. The album title was a dedication by the band to their fans who appeared at venues they dubbed "houses of the holy". Houses Of The Holy has now been certified 11 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 11 million copies.
March xx, 1974 - The band decide to release a double album due to the amount of left over studio material
March 29, 1975 - Led Zeppelin saw all six of their albums in the US Top 100 chart in the same week, alongside their latest album Physical Graffiti at No.1. Physical Graffiti has now been certified 16 times Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA) for US sales in excess of 16 million copies.
March 15, 1975 - Tickets for the Earls Court shows sellout within four hours
March xx, 1976 - Jimmy speaks with reporters mentioning the new album due out called Presence
March 31, 1976 - Presence is released
March 28, 1977 - Zeppelin arrive in Dallas, Texas to rehearse before opening the eleventh tour of the US
March xx, 1978 - Robert and John spend some time hanging around the Midlands
March 26, 1979 - Robert takes lead vocal at a Bad Company gig in Birmingham
March 04, 1980 - John Bonham makes a TV appearance on "Alright Now" with Bill Connolly
March 26, 2006 - Readers of Total Guitar magazine voted the guitar solo by Jimmy Page in Led Zeppelin’s Stairway To Heaven as the greatest guitar solo of all time. The 1971 track was voted ahead of tracks by Van Halen, Queen, Jimi Hendrix and The Eagles. On the 20th anniversary of the original release of the song, it was announced via US radio sources that the song had logged up an estimated 2,874,000 radio plays - back to back, that would run for 44 years solid.
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