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John Bonham To Be Honored With Hometown Festival

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1 hour ago, mysticman560 said:

I wonder if Jimmy Page, John Paul Jones, or Robert Plant will participate in any of these activities.

I seriously doubt any of them would...it takes the focus off John Bonham. However, it would be great if Jason Bonham attends/participates.    

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On 7/9/2018 at 7:37 PM, SteveAJones said:

I seriously doubt any of them would...it takes the focus off John Bonham. However, it would be great if Jason Bonham attends/participates.    

That means Jason Bonham would actually have to bring his show to the UK. Like the reunion talk - ain't gonna happen

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I visited Redditch yesterday with a couple of friends for my first look at the statue. Impressive.

Then I went on to the church at Rushock.

A moving day to do both.

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Redditch firms urged to get involved and support John Bonham A Celebration music festival

Ben Russell | Chief Reporter

MUSIC lovers from as far afield as the United States, Mexico, Australia and Europe will be descending on Redditch town centre next month to honour a local lad who became a global star.

A music festival in honour of Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham will be held in September.

But the event, which is promising to put Redditch on the music map, is going to cost around £16,000 and is reliant upon help raising the cash.

Local firms are being urged to get involved and support the event, organised by John Bonham Memorial Friends in partnership with Heart of Worcestershire College.

Event manager Ros Sidaway said: "We have developed a full range of sponsorship packages to suit businesses small and large, starting from as little as £100 up to £4000.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for Redditch businesses.”


 The special event will run from 1pm to 11pm in a festival marquee on the Heart of Worcestershire College car park in Peakman Street.

It will feature a stellar line-up of rock/blues artists, headlined by Led Zeppelin tribute band, Letz Zep.

John Bonham A Celebration is on September 22.

Proceeds from tickets, costing £25 (plus £1.50 booking fee), are going to Teenage Cancer Trust.

For more information, or to get involved, email ros@johnbonhammemorial.com or call 07887 525107.

Tickets are available from JohnBonhamAC.com or Vintage Trax in Headless Cross.


http://www.redditchadvertiser.co.uk/leisure/whats_on/16402867.redditch-firms-urged-to-get-involved-and-support-john-bonham-a-celebration-music-festival/

 

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On 8/4/2018 at 11:41 AM, ledded1 said:

I visited Redditch yesterday with a couple of friends for my first look at the statue. Impressive.

Then I went on to the church at Rushock.

A moving day to do both.

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Nice touch ledded1... an excellent way all round to pay your respects.

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Any photos or video to post of the celebration happening today in Redditch?  I did see a little video of Deborah Bonham performing on twitter

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John Bonham festival raises £21,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust
By Ben Russell 

https://www.eveshamjournal.co.uk/news/regional/17211083.john-bonham-festival-raises-21000-for-teenage-cancer-trust/

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 A ONE day music event held in Redditch town centre has raised £21,000 for Teenage Cancer Trust.
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The festival, held in September, was organised by the local John Bonham Memorial Friends (JBMF) group, in partnership with Heart of Worcestershire College, to celebrate the legendary Led Zeppelin drummer’s 70th Birthday, life and legacy.

A stellar line-up of artists and special guests, all with a connection to John and the Bonham family, took to the stage as part of the full day of live music.

This included a performance from John’s sister Debbie, fresh from a US tour with Paul Rodgers.

There were video messages in support of the event from Robert Plant, Roger Daltrey, Paul Rodgers, Mick Fleetwood and son of John, Jason Bonham, who was away on tour.

Among the mix of well-known stars playing was ELO drummer Bev Bevan, who joined various members of the Bonham family on stage for an emotional rendition of the Beatles classic With a Little Help from My friends.

“We are over the moon with the amount of money raised through this year’s event from ticket and merchandise sales and cash donations,” said event manager Ros Sidaway from JBMF.

“We are so grateful to all the music artists, technical crews, and event stewards who gave their time and expertise to make the day so successful. And a big thank you to all the event sponsors, advertisers, bar and food traders whose financial contributions helped to cover the costs of staging the event.”

She added they are already thinking about next year's event and want to make it even bigger and even better.

It is scheduled to take place Friday and Saturday, September 20 and 21.

The money raised will help to fund vital services for young people before, during and after cancer treatment across the West Midlands region.

John Bonham memorial t-shirts and special souvenir programmes can still be purchased via JohnBonhamMemorial.com or from Vintage Tracks Records in Headless Cross.

 

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Paul Rodgers Video Message To John Bonham A Celebration Festival:

 

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We didn't want to sell him short - Redditch John Bonham festival pulled

The full ‘John Bonham A Celebration II’ event has been cancelled after organisers decided they would not be able to deliver the festival to a standard that would do justice to the town’s most famous musical son.

 

“We were concerned we wouldn’t be able to meet people’s expectations and with some fans travelling from overseas for the gig we took the difficult decision to cancel,” said spokeswoman Ros Sidaway.

Instead headliners and Led Zeppelin tribute band Coda will play at the town centre’s Queen’s Head pub while the popular Black Tap on Church Green East will also put acts on.

Organisers hoped to build on the success of the town centre festival last year which was timed to coincide with the unveiling of the John Bonham memorial statue and helped raise more than £23,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

The aim was to establish an annual festival in memory of the rock legend known to fans worldwide as Bonzo.

More than a hundred tickets had already been sold for the event in September – to fans as far afield as the USA, Canada, Norway, Australia and even Turkmenistan. Full refunds have already been paid.

Eight acts had been booked with legendary blues singer Maggie Bell among the headliners. The decision to cancel was taken after consultation with John Bonham’s sister Debbie, whose band performed at last year’s event.

“We can only apologise to people who were looking forward to what promised to be another memorable event.

“However I am sure we have made the right decision in cancelling this year with a view to providing something even better in future. We were doing this in the name of one of the all-time greats of rock music and it would be wrong to deliver anything less than the best.

“John’s family recognise this, and we wouldn’t want to embarrass them or sell his memory short in any way.”

The organisers are hoping to put on a full scale tribute next year – the 40th anniversary of Bonzo’s death. Anyone locally interested in joining the organising group can contact Ros via www.JohnBonhamAC.com .

Meanwhile, an event to celebrate John’s birthday this Friday, May 31 at the Rocklands Club is going ahead, with Led Hendrix leading the celebrations. Doors 7.30pm. Advance Tickets £6 (from Club or Vintage Trax) or £8 on the door subject to availability.

https://redditchstandard.co.uk/news/we-didnt-want-to-sell-him-short-redditch-john-bonham-festival-pulled/

 

 

 

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They're trying to do one again next year.

 

https://www.halesowennews.co.uk/news/regional/17988334.dates-released-redditch-festival-honouring-led-zeppelin-legend-john-bonham/

 

DATES for a festival dedicated to Redditch's most famous son Led Zeppelin legend John Bonham have been released.

Organisers of John Bonham A Celebration have said the festival will return in 2020 on September 25 to 26.

Posting the news on Facebook they added it will have "a brand new concept" and lots of amazing acts.

The first festival took place in 2018.

This years festival, which was supposed to take place last month, was cancelled.

Earlier this year organisers admitted they would not be able to deliver it to a standard that would do justice to the legend.

Organisers had hoped to build on the success of the first town centre festival, timed to coincide with the unveiling of the John Bonham memorial statue and which helped raise more than £23,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust.

However, it did not go ahead.

The decision to cancel was taken after consultation with John Bonham's sister Debbie.

For more on next year's festival, go to johnbonhammemorial.com.

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