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    Quote Originally Posted by rickthedrummer View Post
    PMM,

    I didn't think that it would offend a bunch of people with my 1 opinion. Not everybody is a fan of everybody.

    I said that I never underestimated his influence on countless drummers. I also don't think my opinion is going to stop people from enjoying his playing.

    I said what happened to these people is sad, but it isn't like I gave away a secret of what happened to them.

    My playing is sloppy now in my old age, but, I was never called sloppy on stage because I was drunk or high.

    I'm not going to apologize for stateing facts.
    rick,
    you and i have touched on this topic before and we both agreed different strokes for different folks when it comes to favorites. but even i agree with you here. the absoulute waste of talent to drugs and alchohol is saddening to the point of madness. too many performers that we all admire have squandered thier talent to these dark places. and never mind the countless people we don't know who have passed. the loss to us is sad, to family and friends it's devastating.
    i don't think you should appologize for saying he was sloppy due to what he was doing to himself. even i admitted in our previuos posts that near the end he got bad. there's plenty of video to show it. but in the early days i believe he was really a player to admire. and i do admire him. he is my favorite drummer. and more importanly in his death i learned a very valuable lesson, don't tread the same path.
    if you let them the even the dead can teach lessons spoken and not.

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    Marko and JRT,

    Thanks for not killing me over this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickthedrummer View Post
    Marko and JRT,

    Thanks for not killing me over this.
    never. you gotta be able to hear everyone's voice.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olimpass View Post
    John Bonham behind a Jr. kit...lol
    Actually Olimpass, it's funny that you had posted this pic. It reminds me of a story I remember reading in Modern Drummer where some drummer was retelling a story (I think it was Dave Mattacks from Fairport Convention) where he went and visited the Bonham family home....at that time John had got (probably for free) from Ludwig a small sized drum set for his son Jason, a young kid at that time, and from what I recall (read this well over a decade ago, so it's a lil' hazy), Mattacks said that the set had a small toms, snare and cymbals and a little 18" kick.(not the one in your pic though, lol). Mattacks and Bonham were just talking stuff when Bonham wandered over to the small set and, according to Mattacks, John proceeded to belt the hell out of it, together with his right foot work, and was making his signature "Bonham" sound out of that tiny set!
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    Very cool story, thanks for sharing that info Drumbledore.

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    Yeah I agree that is an interesting story. Let's hear some more if there are any on John.

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    I think they invented the double bass pedal for one bass drum because of John Bonham...lol

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    Actually, a company named Faria had a double bass pedal in 1924.

    Both pedals were on the same base, so how you would play it is beyond me, but, they had it.

    You can see it at Vintage drums.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rickthedrummer View Post
    Actually, a company named Faria had a double bass pedal in 1924.

    Both pedals were on the same base, so how you would play it is beyond me, but, they had it.

    You can see it at Vintage drums.
    Yes, I think I've seen it...2 pedals to one bass drum but you have to move your foot to the other one which was right next to the one being used. Or maybe just have both feet togther..not sure
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    Wow that sounds weird two pedals side by side must of been tricky to play what I mean you would have to close your legs LOL. Where would you put the snare.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olimpass View Post
    Yes, I think I've seen it...2 pedals to one bass drum but you have to move your foot to the other one which was right next to the one being used. Or maybe just have both feet togther..not sure
    Oli's....did you know the story of how at one time Bonham turned up to a Zep rehearsal with two bass drums (must have been a sight seeing two 26" Ludwig bass drums!) and I think Jimmy said to Bonzo something on the lines of "...err, I don't think there will room on the riser for two of those somehow on our next gig, mate..." which probably gave him the incentive to work more with his single foot? (not saying it did, but one can speculate though...)
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    Love the 'feel' that John played with. He really grooved that kit
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    Quote Originally Posted by Drumbledore View Post
    Oli's....did you know the story of how at one time Bonham turned up to a Zep rehearsal with two bass drums (must have been a sight seeing two 26" Ludwig bass drums!) and I think Jimmy said to Bonzo something on the lines of "...err, I don't think there will room on the riser for two of those somehow on our next gig, mate..." which probably gave him the incentive to work more with his single foot? (not saying it did, but one can speculate though...)
    I believe the early pics weve seen of John Bonham w/two bass drums was because he (Led Zeppelin) toured with Carmine Appice of Vanilla Fudge. Istead of swapping kits they shared the same kit? As far as in the rehearsal studio, didn't hear that one....
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    Has everyone already heard the album that was making the rounds that was a bunch of Led Zepplin studio tracks with everything muted but the drums? I just recently got my hands on it - it's amazing to hear just Bonham's drums on their own. You can learn a lot from trying to match his feel.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dt344 View Post
    Has everyone already heard the album that was making the rounds that was a bunch of Led Zepplin studio tracks with everything muted but the drums? I just recently got my hands on it - it's amazing to hear just Bonham's drums on their own. You can learn a lot from trying to match his feel.
    Yes. itchie put a link to it on the first page of this thread. I have heard others besides those too. Oh wait, you said album? no haven't seen that one yet.
    Last edited by Olimpass; 09-19-2011 at 02:08 AM. Reason: spelling

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    Quote Originally Posted by Olimpass View Post
    Yes. itchie put a link to it on the first page of this thread. I have heard others besides those too. Oh wait, you said album? no haven't seen that one yet.
    That's the one, I hadn't seen it online.
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    Just want to remind everyone that John Bonham's 31st anniversary of his death is on the Sunday the 25th of September. R.I.P John we miss you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pearl MCX Man View Post
    Just want to remind everyone that John Bonham's 31st anniversary of his death is on the Sunday the 25th of September. R.I.P John we miss you.
    +1 greatly missed.

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    Last edited by Olimpass; 04-11-2017 at 09:57 PM.

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    Great tune! You could definitely feel his power driving that one, what a great groove!
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    Actually a very large line up for this tune and the previous posted

    Rockestra line-up (tracks 8 & 13)
    Paul McCartney - Lead Vocals, Piano, Bass
    David Gilmour - Lead Guitar
    Denny Laine - Lead Guitar
    Hank Marvin - Lead Guitar
    Laurence Juber - Lead Guitar
    Pete Townshend - Rhythm Guitar
    Gary Brooker - Piano
    John Paul Jones - Piano, Bass
    Linda McCartney - Keyboards
    Tony Ashton - Keyboards
    Howie Casey - Horns
    Steve Howard - Horns
    Thaddeus Richard - Horns
    Tony Dorsey - Horns
    Bruce Thomas - Bass
    Ronnie Lane - Bass
    Morris Pert - Percussion
    Ray Cooper - Percussion
    Speedy Acquaye - Percussion
    Tony Carr - Percussion
    John Bonham - Drums
    Kenney Jones - Drums
    Steve Holly - Drums

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    Last edited by Olimpass; 04-11-2017 at 10:00 PM.

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    They say,,,,it's da player not da kit ,,,,that makes da drummer....
    Drumbledore's pic & story ( yes it was in md a long time ago)
    brought that back to mind
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    Buddy rich once said "i'm influenced by every drummer i've ever heard"

    knowing of mr rich & his personality
    he may have as well included the phrase
    " good bad or indifferent" but he didn't...

    Sometimes what you dont say is just as important
    (maybe even more so),,
    "FEEL DA GROOVE & PLAY IT FORWARD..."

    "BEAUTY IS IN THE EARS OF THE BEHOLDER ,
    ENJOY IT ALL,,, MY BROTHERS & SISTERS"

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    Quote Originally Posted by Russ View Post
    Great tune! You could definitely feel his power driving that one, what a great groove!
    I agree Russ! Great driving shuffle beat!

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