You will never meet a nicer, more down to earth guy than John Bonham
by Bill Nesmith
By chance, I had the pleasure of spending an afternoon with John. It had to have been in the late spring of 1975 at Harts' field atlanta, Ga.
He told me he had been down in Macon talking to Phil Walden and the guys at Capricorn records about a possible joint tour with the Allman Brothers.
We went to a bar there at the airport and talked so long I had to cancell my connecting flight. He had some time to kill I couldn't believe how well we hit it off.
We talked for hours he told me that Zeppelin had half of Led Zeppelin 2 already recorded before they even released Led Zeppelin 1. He also told me that Zeppelin wanted to play at Woodstock in a big way.
But they got Ten Years After instead.I mean no disrespect to Alvin Lee but I would've loved to have seen Zeppelin there.
Anyway, back to Atlanta. John said we're playing at the Forum tonight.Zeppelin in L.A. he tried very hard to get me to go with him. And God, I was tempted but the group I was playing with had bookings up in Ohio.
As much as I would've loved to have gone with him, I could'nt do that to my bandmates. I cant convey to you just how refreshing it was to encounter such a mega-star and finding that he could'nt possibly have been a nicer, more down to Earth guy.
Not even a hint of a star trip. Bottom line. You will never meet a nicer, more down to Earth guy than John Bonham was.