Late Led Zeppelin drummer who died 1980, John Bonham’s two-day’ life celebration’ festival has been canceled by the organizers.
According to John Bonham’s official web site, the organizers said that they were not able to deliver the event to a standard to the town’s most famous musical son.
Here’s the statement:
“Plans to celebrate the life of Redditch-born Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham with a two-day music festival in the town have been scaled down.
The “John Bonham A Celebration II” event has been canceled after organizers decided they were not able to deliver the event to a standard that would do justice to the town’s most famous musical son.
Organizers hoped to build on the success of the town center festival last year which was timed to coincide with the unveiling of the John Bonham memorial statue and helped raise more than £23,000 for the Teenage Cancer Trust. They hoped to establish an annual festival in memory of the rock legend known to fans worldwide as Bonzo.
More than a hundred tickets had already been sold for the event in September – to fans as far afield as the USA, Canada, Norway, Australia, and even Turkmenistan. Full refunds have already been paid.
Eight acts had been booked with legendary blues singer Maggie Bell among the headliners. The decision to cancel was taken after consultation with John Bonham’s sister Debbie, whose band performed at last year’s event.
The organizers are hoping to put on a full-scale tribute next year – the 40th anniversary of Bonzo’s death. Anyone locally interested in joining the Organising Group to help with this should contact Ros via the website www.JohnBonhamAC.com as soon as possible.”
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