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Klape

Bonham last day

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Hello !

Just a quick question, do we know with who was John Bonham drinking the day he died (I'm having a hard time imagining he was alone but maybe I'm wrong) ?

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I thought he was with some one  employed to assist the band.  I am not sure if he was with this person for that whole day from his first drink until he went to bed (and was eventually found unresponsive)

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1 hour ago, Klape said:

Hello !

Just a quick question, do we know with who was John Bonham drinking the day he died (I'm having a hard time imagining he was alone but maybe I'm wrong) ?

His personal assistant, Rex King.

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2 hours ago, SteveAJones said:

His personal assistant, Rex King.

Thank you :)

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10 hours ago, SteveAJones said:

His personal assistant, Rex King.

I think that Rex King was John's personal driver and assistant for that fateful day.  Benji and Matthew were also personal assistants to Bonzo, just not on that day. 

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He was with Rex King on his way to the rehearsal but then I believe he was with the band (& some members of their entourage) from the rehearsal, back to Page's house & it was there that he fell asleep, drunk & was taken upstairs to bed.

John Paul Jones on the 24th September 1980:-

“It was just at the point where we had all come back together again. We had high hopes it was all coming right. Bonzo had been getting a bit erratic and he wasn’t in good shape. There were some good moments, but then he started on the vodka. I think he had been drinking because there were some problems in his personal life. But he died because of an accident. He was lying down the wrong way.”

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On the way there in a car with Robert Plant on the 24th John suddenly said: “I’ve had it with playing drums. Everybody plays better than me. I’ll tell you what, when we get to the rehearsal, you play the drums and I’ll sing.”

Edited by Mook

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2 hours ago, Mook said:

"...Everybody plays better than me...”

 

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6 hours ago, Mook said:

 

John Paul Jones on the 24th September 1980:-

“It was just at the point where we had all come back together again. We had high hopes it was all coming right. Bonzo had been getting a bit erratic and he wasn’t in good shape. There were some good moments, but then he started on the vodka. I think he had been drinking because there were some problems in his personal life. But he died because of an accident. He was lying down the wrong way.”

And:-

On the way there in a car with Robert Plant on the 24th John suddenly said: “I’ve had it with playing drums. Everybody plays better than me. I’ll tell you what, when we get to the rehearsal, you play the drums and I’ll sing.”

This sounds like a pretty devastated man to me. Obviously whatever was going on was beyond your typical domestic problems and it affected Bonzo greatly. This had nothing to do with playing ability and everything to do with a man feeling worthless and his life out of control. I heard the second quote before but I had no idea Bonzo spoke this the day before he passed away and I never heard that quote from Jones before. Taking those two quotes together paints a tragic picture beyond a simple drinking accident.

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The portrait of Bonzo at the end is not a pretty one.  He was drinking 24/7.   

Theres an anecdote in Dave Lewis book about day after cancelled 1980 Nuremberg show, a fan encountered Bonzo staggering drunk in hotel lobby clutching a bottle of liquor.  He was a massive alcoholic, and it just killed him, obviously.

he just needed serious help, but he didn't receive any.  Very tragic and sad.  

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3 hours ago, IpMan said:

 ...nothing to do with playing ability...

JPJ was kind when he said Bonham was out of shape.

At 32, the lifestyle toll took away the ability to show up and be effortlessly magnificent. He let his band down. It hurt him. Add to this he was hurting over not wanting to travel that far away from home any more because of what it would become. The previous US tour was dangerous and Over Europe was too much for him to handle. He wanted to be home. He wanted to be with the band. It tore him apart and he was unable to help himself and those assigned to watch did not.  Over Europe was a warning and it went unheeded.

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He has 16 shots of Vodka for breakfast the day he died.  I am not sure what time of day that was, but it cannot be a good way to start any day.  He really did need a real intervention.  Very sad

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