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The next "Bonzo Bash" will take place on Thursday, January 23, 2014 at The Observatory in Santa Ana, California. "Bonzo Bash" is the "celebration show" that John Bonham freak/worshipper/drum lifer Brian Thomas Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, Ozzy Osbourne, Billy Idol) put together to pay tribute to the one and only drummer he has never stopped listening to and being inspired by since he was 10 years old. One day in 2010, Tichy thought it would be a pretty simple and cool idea to put an amber acrylic replica drum kit at the front of the stage and one by one, have some of the world's best drummers pick their favorite Led Zeppelin songs and have a house band of buddies (dubbed "The Moby Dicks") perform these songs with these drummers. Tichy told this idea to promoter bud Joe Sutton (another Bonham/Zeppelin freak) who loved it and happened to have the exact night on hold at Key Club in West Hollywood. This was the 30th anniversary of the passing of John Bonham (September 25, 2010). Called "Bonzo: The Groove Remains The Same", it brought together 20 drummers on one kit celebrating the man, John Bonham, who continues to prove to be without a doubt the most influential drummer in all of rock 'n roll! The night was attended not only by world-class drummers Chad Smith, Kenny Aronoff, Danny Carey, Abe Laboriel Jr., Steven Adler and many others, but also by the Bonham family, including son Jason, daughter Zoe, sister Deborah (all of whom performed in the show) and wife Pat! A magical event is an understatement and it has been likened to a rhythmic wildebeest crossing without the crocs! The night and the pace of the celebration is like no other. The music of Led Zeppelin is some of the most popular in the world so every song goes over amazingly. The anticipation of which drummer will play next and which song they will choose keeps the audiences interest all the way up to final percussion jam where every drummer is on stage with percussion in hand as they all take turns for a last go-round on the kit! The celebration includes the element of spontaneity ensconced in a well-prepared, organized backyard party! Anything can happen and it's encouraged! ...Much like a Led Zeppelin concert as no two were ever the same. Drummers take chances, the band retains up to 5 hours of Zep tunes, unique arrangements, intros and endings, and high fives are thrown all over the stage after every song! The Moby Dicks are as much fans of Bonzo, Zeppelin and of the drummers who take the stage that the energy coming off the stage is undeniable and felt to the back of the venues every time! Confirmed drummers: Seven Antonopolous (Opiate for the masses) Carmine Appice (Cactus, Vanilla Fudge) Kenny Aronoff (John Fogerty, Smashing Pumpkins) Frankie Banali (Quiet Riot) Charlie Benante (Anthrax) Will Calhoun (Living Colour) Michael Cartellone (Lynyrd Skynrd) Fred Coury (Cinderella) Jimmy D'Anda John Hummel Brandon Kachel (Barbarian Overlords) James Kottak (Scorpions) Ray Luzier (Korn) Khurt Maier (Salty Dog) Xavier Muriel (Buckcherry) A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister) Stephen Perkins (Jane's Addiction) Mike Portnoy (The Winery Dogs, Dream Theater) Van Romaine (Steve Morse) Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow, Black Sabbath) Rikki Rockett (Poison) Chris Slade (The Firm, AC/DC) Glen Sobel (Alice Cooper) Jason Sutter (Marilyn Manson, Chris Cornell) Matt Starr (Ace Frehley) Chad Szeliga (Black Label Society) Brian Tichy (Whitesnake, Foreigner, Billy Idol, S.U.N.) Joe Travers (Zappa plays Zappa) Steven Wolf (Avril Lavigne, Britney Spears) Simon Wright (AC/DC, Dio, Queensryche) The Moby Dicks are: Brent Woods (guitar) Chas West (vocals) Dorian Heartsong (bass) Stephen LeBlanc (keyboards) Brian Tichy (guitar) http://www.blabbermouth.net/news/korn-anthrax-twisted-sister-poison-drummers-confirmed-for-next-bonzo-bash/
Long Live Bonzo! For those that are not aware of drummer extraordinaire Brian Tichy's brainchild here is the video interview with iDrum magazine's Ian Croft in which Brian details how our fantastic show/event got its start and since that show September 25, 2010, 3 others have occurred.It is now called "Bonzo's Birthday Bash" and most just refer to it as Bonzo Bash now. The show is Executive Produced by Joe Sutton and I am very proud to have been added as producer to the last show. The poster for the most recent show is attached and many many many photos of all who have played this amazing event can be found at our highly active Facebook page https://www.facebook...zosBirthdayBash which we'd love all Bonzonians to come be part of. Here is the press release so you can see just how much heart and soul Brian Tichy puts into this tribute to John Henry Bonham in a fashion unmatched by any other who is not his blood*. BONZO'S BIRTHDAY BASH! SPECIAL GUESTS OF GROOVE ADDED! A Tribute Concert To John Henry Bonham Of Led Zeppelin Rock's top drummers play tribute to rock's greatest drummer! Thursday, May 31st, House Of Blues, Los Angeles Bonzo's Birthday Bash just keeps getting bigger! More than 20 of rock's top drummers, a great opening acoustic band, a great house band, extremely charismatic guest musicians and speakers are all there ready to go! But now, on top of that, we welcome aboard Poison drummer Rikki Rockett as well as Lynch Mob frontman Oni Logan who will both be joining in on the fun! Also adding his thoughts and stories to the event will be Snow drummer Stephen Quadros, aka the "Fight Professor", who is one of mixed martial arts' most respected commentators. Stephen will be speaking in between drummers as will be legendary producer/engineer Eddie Kramer, who is also showcasing his private photos of his time with Bonzo and Led Zeppelin. Bonzo's Birthday Bash is now also offering 2 VIP packages packed with goods every Bonzo fan would live to have. The "Whole Lotta Love" and "Kashmir" packages are available here: http://www.briantichy.com/bonzo.php Singing with opening acoustic act "The Calm Before The Storm" featuring guitar master Mitch Perry, ex-Ozzy bassist Phil Soussan, and Quiet Riot bassist Chuck Wright will be Chas West (Bonham/Lynch Mob/ The Moby Dicks), Shaun Williamson and Lorraine Lewis (Femme Fatale). After 3 groundbreaking tribute shows entitled "Bonzo: The Groove Remains The Same" and a collective passion and respect amongst all the participating drummers, past and present to John Bonham, the greatest rock drummer ever, Brian Tichy and Joe Sutton have decided to go for it once again! Tichy says, "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 set, complete with gong and timpani, up front, center stage, and have each drummer perform their favorite Led Zeppelin song with a house band (The Moby Dicks). There are no rules other than to have fun putting your own groove and character into your song choice! 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! We have structure, and within the structure there is total freedom, making the pace and vibe of this show somewhere between a backyard party and a.... backyard party with a killer band playing Led Zep songs! Haha! 'The Groove Remains The Same' has morphed into 'Bonzo's Birthday Bash', as we celebrate John Bonham's birthday! Tichy went as far as to say, "Bonzo's Birthday Bash is now even more so the equivalent of a gong on fire on top of an erupting volcano next to a wildebeest migration complete with lurking, starving crocodiles and a fireworks finale across the river that not even the Olympics can rival!!" John Bonham deserves it! His right foot alone deserves it!! Bonzo's Birthday Bash is the ultimate tribute show and that's that! So get a ticket, get a good seat, grab a now classic "Bonzo Burger" and get into the festivities! Tickets available at www.hob.com Tickets are $25 and $30 day of show Doors at 8pm. Sponsored by ESP Guitars, Gorilla Snot, Dirty Tequila, Coffin Cases The cast of ever growing drummers and guest players starts here! ---------------------- Steven Adler: (Guns 'N Roses / Adler) Seven Antonopoulos: (Opiate For The Masses / Leaves' Eyes) Carmine Appice: (Rod Stewart, Vanilla Fudge, Cactus, drum legend) Vinny Appice: (Black Sabbath, Dio, Heaven And Hell, Kill Devil Hill) Frankie Banali: (Quiet Riot) Gregg Bissonette: (David Lee Roth / Ringo Starr All Starr Band) Bobby Blotzer: (Ratt) Fred Coury: (Cinderella) Jimmy D'Anda: (Bulletboys) Virgil Donati: (Allan Holdsworth / Seven The Hardway) Troy Patrick Farrell: (White Lion) Ray Luzier: (Korn) Khurt Maier: (Salty Dog) Roy Mayorga: (Stone Sour) Mike Portnoy: (Dream Theater / Adrenaline Mob) Rikki Rockett: (Poison) Mark Schulman: (Foreigner / Pink) Matt Sorum: (Velvet Revolver / Guns 'N Roses) Glen Sobel: (Alice Cooper) Brian Tichy: (Whitesnake / S.U.N.) Joe Travers: (Zappa Plays Zappa) Simon Wright: (AC/DC / Dio) Yael: (The Love Project/Ugly Kid Joe) *Special Guests of Groove: Sebastian Bach Jeff Pilson (Foreigner) Billy Sheehan: (Mr. Big, Niacin, David Lee Roth) Eddie Kramer Oni Logan (Lynch Mob) Stephen Quadros the "Fight Professor" Lorraine Lewis Shaun Williamson ========== The Moby Dicks: Michael Devin- bass (Whitesnake) Stephen LeBlanc- keys (Jason Bonham's Led Zep Exp.) Keith St. John- vox (Montrose) Brian Tichy- guitar, drums (S.U.N.) Chas West- vox (Bonham, Lynch Mob, Zep Set) Brent Woods- lead and rhythm guitars (Brentwood Forest) *Jason of course carries his dad's legacy with pride, skill and the deepest respect, and he too has been a drummer in this show. His aunt Deborah has sung in this show, and most recently, a pregnant Zoe was special guest, leading the whole audience in singing happy birthday to her dad, the God of Thunder. We wanted to introduce ourselves to this forum and invite you all to our facebook family and be added to the legacy that so clearly lives here at your forum and website. Sincerely, Noelle Kim Retes Bonzo's Birthday Producer Social Media Director