By Connie Osborne Friday 01 November 2013 Updated: 01/11 07:22
A LED Zeppelin tribute band are backing a campaign to erect a statue in memory of John Bonham in Redditch.
Hats off to Led Zeppelin will be holding a collection at their Birmingham New Alexandra Theatre show to raise money for the John Bonham Memorial Fund. The fund was set up by Redditch couple Sam and Clem Dallaway who wanted a designated space within the town centre to honour the drummer who passed away in 1980, following a day of heavy drinking.
Bonham was born in the borough on May 31, 1948 and the family lived in Hunt End. At the age of 11 he attended Lodge Park County Secondary School before leaving in 1964. His sister Deborah still returns to the town to visit family.
Kevin Oliver Jones, bassist and John Paul Jones in the band, said: “It’s a no brainer really. We will have a packed out concert full of Led Zeppelin fans not far from his home town, so it just made sense.
“We want to make a big deal out of it as the fans will recognised how important this is and we just want to help in anyway we can.
“It’s not just about the Birmingham show, but we go up and down the country seeing thousands of Led Zeppelin fans, so hopefully it will spread the word.”
“They are clearly the best band in the world and it’s long overdue.”
The band, which are the official UK number one Led Zeppelin tribute act, are set to play on Thursday, November 19.
Visit www.hatsofftoledzeppelin.co.uk for more information or to buy tickets.
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