The official Instagram account of Led Zeppelin icon Jimmy Page posted a photo of his dear friend John Bonham and revealed a rarely known story of his disappearance during a live show in Japan almost 50 years ago.

As you may know, Led Zeppelin’s legendary drummer John Bonham, also known as Bonzo, passed away on September 25, 1980, at the age of 32. Bonham was found unresponsive following a heavy day of drinking at the rehearsals. The cause of his death was later announced as a shock from inhaling vomit with alcohol in his system.

Led Zeppelin started their first tour in Japan on September 23, 1971, and concluded on September 29th. Led Zeppelin’s 1971 Japanese Tour was one of the first tours of Japan by a western rock band. In a previous interview, Jimmy Page shared his experience of visiting Japan for the first time by stating:

“It was the first time I’d been to such a sort of overpopulated place…. It was a city with such a new vision for the future. The technology boom was really going on, even then….We came here and went away loaded with cameras and I started documenting the rest of my travels with Led Zeppelin for a bit.”

Recently on Instagram, Jimmy Page posted another photo as a part of his ‘On This Day‘ series and recalled the time his bandmate John Bonham left the stage during one of their live performances in Japan. On the caption of his post, Page stated that Bonzo disappeared during the ‘acoustic set of ‘That’s The Way’, ‘Going to California’ and ‘Tangerine.’

Therefore, they had to proceed with the acoustic set with a quick re-tune for ‘Friends‘ from the 1970 album ‘Led Zeppelin III.’ Jimmy also mentioned that was the only time they played ‘Friends’ live on stage.

Here’s what Jimmy Page stated on the caption of his latest post:

“On this day in 1971, it was the end of the Led Zeppelin tour of Japan. ⁣

This was another recorded concert in Japan at Osaka and the last of a series of successful concerts in this country.⁣

During the acoustic set of ‘That’s The Way’, ‘Going to California’ and ‘Tangerine’, John Bonham nipped off stage and hadn’t returned for the electric ‘What Is and What Should Never Be’. So we continued the acoustic set with a quick re-tune for ‘Friends’ – the first and only time we were to play this song live.⁣”

You can see the photo Jimmy Page posted on his Instagram account below.