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Jul102018

Concert commemorating the late John Bonham's 70th birthday taking place in his UK hometown this fall

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The late John Bonham's hometown of Redditch, U.K., will host a special concert on September 22 celebrating what would have been the founding Led Zeppelin drummer's 70th birthday. The show, called "John Bonham: A Celebration," will take place in Redditch's town center near the recently unveiled memorial statue of the rock legend.

The concert will run from 1 p.m. to 11 p.m. local time and will feature a variety of rock and blues acts with a conncection to John and his family. Among the many artists on the lineup are Bonham's sister, Deborah, and her band; Quill, featuring ex-Electric Light Orchestra drummer Bev Bevan; and popular Led Zeppelin tribute group Letz Zep.

Tickets for the show are available at JohnBonhamAC.com and cost 25 pounds, or about $33, not including fees. Only 1000 tickets will be sold, on a first come, first served basis.

Proceeds raised by the event will benefit the West Midlands branch of the U.K.'s Teenage Cancer Trust charity.

Bonham's actual 70th birthday would have taken place this past May 31, the same day the aforementioned statue was unveiled. John died on September 25, 1980, after a night of heavy drinking. He was 32.

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