After three groundbreaking tribute shows entitled "Bonzo: The Groove Remains The Same", as well as popular demand 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!
Bonzo's Birthday Bash is taking place on May 31; Bonzo's exact birthday! Many of the past drummers who have performed already are back, as well as some new players!
WHITESNAKE drummer and Bonzo Bash founder Brian Tichy says, "In the past week, we have grown dramatically due to exorbitant amounts of serendipitous occurrences within and around this planet's desire to groove and be grooved!
"We are thrilled to bring you the awesome talent of Gregg Bissonette (DAVID LEE ROTH, RINGO STARR ALL STARR BAND), Virgil Donati (ALLAN HOLDSWORTH, SEVEN THE HARDWAY), Troy Patrick Farrell (WHITE LION), Roy Mayorga (STONE SOUR), Troy Luccketta (TESLA), Mark Schulman (FOREIGNER), Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES), Yael (THE LOVE PROJECT, UGLY KID JOE), Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW) and Jeff Pilson (FOREIGNER, DOKKEN, DIO)."
Tichy added, "Bonzo's Birthday Bash is 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!!"
Regarding this year's event, Tichy previously said, "When I first thought of this, the idea seemed too cool and simple NOT to try; get a John Bonham replica drum set, complete with gong and timpani, up front, center stage, and have each drummer perform their favorite LED ZEP 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! Our previous shows were named 'The Groove Remains The Same', but this tribute falls on Bonzo's exact birthday and we wanted to let that be known!
"I am a tried and true Zep Head; a total Bonzo freak! Bonzo is my lifelong most 'listened to' drummer! This is a labor of love. The camaraderie and ego-less respect amongst all involved is something very rare to be a part of these days. Ask any of us! We've never been part of a show quite like this before! There has never been a tribute like this to a musician before! John Bonham 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!"
The following drummers will take part in the event:
* Steven Adler (GUNS 'N ROSES, ADLER)
* Seven Antonopoulos (OPIATE FOR THE MASSES, LEAVES' EYES)
* Camine Appice (ROD STEWART, VANILLA FUDGE, CACTUS)
* Vinny Appice (BLACK SABBATH, DIO, HEAVEN & HELL, KILL DEVIL HILL)
* Frankie Banali (QUIET RIOT)
* Bobby Blotzer (RATT)
* Fred Coury (CINDERELLA)
* Jimmy D'Anda (BULLETBOYS)
* Ray Luzier (KORN)
* Khurt Maier (SALTY DOG)
* Mike Portnoy (DREAM THEATER, ADRENALINE MOB)
* Glen Sobel (ALICE COOPER)
* Brian Tichy (WHITESNAKE, S.U.N.)
* Joe Travers (ZAPPA PLAYS ZAPPA)
* Simon Wright (AC/DC, DIO)
* Virgil Donati (ALLAN HOLDSWORTH, SEVEN THE HARDWAY)
* Troy Patrick Farrell (WHITE LION)
* Troy Luccketta (TESLA)
* Mark Schulman (FOREIGNER)
* Matt Sorum (VELVET REVOLVER, GUNS N' ROSES, THE CULT)
* Yael (THE LOVE PROJECT, UGLY KID JOE)
Special Guests of Groove:
* Sebastian Bach (SKID ROW)
* Jeff Pilson (FOREIGNER)
THE MOBY DICKS lineup:
* Michael Devin (WHITESNAKE) - bass (Whitesnake)
* Stephen LeBlanc (JASON BONHAM'S LED ZEP EXPERIENCE) - keyboards
* Keith St. John (MONTROSE) - Vocals
* Brian Tichy (S.U.N.) - Guitar, Drums
* Brent Woods (BRENTWOOD FOREST) - Lead And Rhythm Guitars
Tickets are available at www.hob.com. Tickets are $25 and $30 day of show.