Way over 100 shows in 2012- a personal record!
This show took place on what would have been John Bonham’s 64th birthday. He passed when he was only 32, so he’s been gone about as long as he was here. I could write a book about this event. With all the performers, the tons of Led Zeppelin songs that were played and everything that went onon, there was no way for me to keep up and remember everything. It was overload in a good way.
Steven Adler kicking it on the porch of the Foundation Room before he performed.
This show was a mix of drumming on an authentic looking John Bonham live kit by an assorted cast of musical legends- mostly drummers, of course.
It started with an acoustic set, which was probably my favorite part of the show. Lorraine Lewis got up and played “Thank You”. At the end of the set, they added a string section that was phenomenal.
Phil Soussan sporting the killer Led Zeppelin shirt:
Joe Travers- totally cool dude and killer drummer!
Keith St.John and Michael Devin
Sebastian Bach performing “Whole Lotta Love”
Uncle Joe Benson from KLOS with Brian
Carmine doing his thing. (He was the first heavy metal drummer I ever saw play live- back in the 80s at the Country Club in Reseda with King Kobra)- he got up and talked about Bonzo and getting him hooked up with Ludwig Drums back when Led Zeppelin opened for Vanilla Fudge. That was definitely one of the most meaningful moments in the show.
The show culminated with a huge jam at the end where practically everyone got up and played drums together. It was beyond awesome.
Joe Travers rocking the kit during the drumming finale with Virgil Donati and Mike Portnoy in the background.
Sebastian and Susan and Rene and Phil after the show
Steven Adler – Guns ‘N Roses, Adler’s Appetite
Seven Antonopoulos – Opiate For The Masses/ Leaves’ Eyes
Carmine Appice – Vanilla Fudge, Rod Stewart, Ozzy Osbourne
Vinny Appice – Black Sabbath/ DIO/ Heaven And Hell
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
Troy Luccketta – Tesla
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, Foreigner, Billy Idol, Ozzy Osbourne
Joe Travers – Zappa Plays Zappa, Duran Duran
Simon Wright – AC/DC, DIO
Yael – The Love Project/Ugly Kid Joe
Special Guests of Groove:
Jeff Pilson – Foreigner
Billy Sheehan – Mr. Big, Niacin, David Lee Roth
Oni Logan – Lynch Mob
Stephen Quadros the “Fight Professor”
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. Brent Woods – Lead and Rhythm guitars – Brentwood Forest
In closing, Brian Tichy and Joel Sutton are visionaries for producing such a fantastic event to honor the memory and preserve the legacy of such an incredible drumming talent.