Tuesday, November 3, 2009

John Bonham's mother picks up drummer's posthumous award

A Classic Rock magazine panel of judges has voted to honor the late John Bonham with this year's Tommy Vance Inspiration Award.

On hand at London's Park Lane Hotel to receive the posthumous honor last night were the drummer's mother, Joan Bonham, and his sister, Deborah Bonham.

The award was sponsored by Rhino Records.

Other winners in the 2009 Classic Rock Roll of Honour Awards include singer Iggy Pop, who was named a "Living Legend"; Ronnie Wood, who received the Outstanding Contribution award; and Ginger Baker, who received the Innovator award.

The presenters and guests in attendance included guitarists Pete Townshend, Jeff Beck, Brian May, Slash, Joe Perry and Billy Gibbons, plus singer Chrissie Hynde. (Update: To add to this, photographer Ross Halfin says Jimmy Page was there, along with Tommy Iommi, Mick Ralphs and Joe Bonamassa in addition to the aforementioned guitarists.)

At the ceremony two years ago, it was Jimmy Page who was named a Living Legend. For that 2007 ceremony, Robert Plant contributed a video tribute to him, which can be seen below.


  1. According to Ross Halfin Jimmy was there too...

  2. Ah yes, I hadn't checked Ross Halfin's diary. I didn't know if he would make it back from the Middle East in time since I had just read about his jaunts on the Arabian peninsula, etc.

    It turns out Halfin was at the Formula One race in Abu Dhabi over the weekend with Aerosmith guitarists Joe Perry and Brad Whitford. Similarly, Robert Plant met up with Eric Clapton at a Formula One race in Bahrain this April.

    Anyway, as for last night in London, Halfin says Jimmy Page was there, along with Tommy Iommi, Mick Ralphs and Joe Bonamassa in addition to the aforementioned guitarists. He also points out Paul Rodgers was there.

    On top of this, I've just seen it mentioned that Brian May commented to a BBC 6 Music reporter he would like to perform alongside Robert Plant at the Glastonbury Festival next summer.

    May's comment follows Plant's, made one week ago to the same music outlet, which disclosed that he had been in talks with the festival's organizer about performing there in some fashion.

    Both comments about Glastonbury were prompted by BBC 6 Music crews outside London award ceremonies. A week ago at this time, Plant received an Outstanding Contribution to Music award from Q Magazine.

    Says May, Queen is not seeking a slot at Glastonbury: "We're not really an operational unit at the moment so we're not touting for work if you know what I mean." But asked whether he would join Plant at the festival, May says: "I'd play with Robert anytime, and when we have played together he's wonderful. Robert is a rock god and an inspiration to us all, always will be. ... There's some people that remain your heroes, which I rather feel good about. And Clapton and Page, Jeff Beck, those guys will always be heroes to me and that will never change, so yeah, of course I'll go at the drop of a hat."

    Plant sat in with the survining members of Queen during a tribute concert in memory of Freddie Mercury on April 20, 1992. They brought the house down with versions of Queen's "Innuendo" and "Crazy Little Thing Called Love" with a lyrical insert from Led Zeppelin's "Thank You."


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