The UK area known as Worcestershire has some terrific things to celebrate. The namesake cooking sauce, for one thing. Ancient history, for another (there’s evidence for prehistoric habitation by hominids going back a half million years). But of all the two-legged creatures who have called Worcestershire home, one name stands out: John Bonham.
On September 22, there will be a special charity event to celebrate Bonham in his hometown of Redditch, Worcestershire. The event, called “John Bonham: A Celebration,” will feature local and national rock and blues artists with a connection to the celebrated Led Zeppelin drummer, who passed away in 1980. All proceeds go to the Teenage Cancer Trust. Ticket sales will be limited to the first 1,000 people and the event will be standing room only.
This all takes place in the recently built John Bonham memorial (pictured above) in the middle of town. That memorial was widely supported by his fans, who longed for a memorial to his achievements as one of the greatest drummers of all time. It was commemorated on May 31, 2018, when he would have turned 70.
The memorial, created by acclaimed sculptor Mark Richards, has been made possible from generous donations from both sides of the Atlantic with excess funds.
Event organizers say the memorable event will host a mix of well-known stars and upcoming musicians, all donating their time to remember Bonham and raise vital funds for Teenage Cancer Trust and its outreach nurse program across the West Midlands.