An application for a statue of John Bonham to be erected in his hometown of Redditch has been formally submitted to Redditch Borough Council.
The application is supported by the Bonham family as well as Warner Music Group. Redditch Borough Council is expected to decide on whether the application will go ahead in a meeting on October 11.
LedZepNews dug out the proposal documents so that we could take a better look at the planned monument.
First of all, here’s where the statue will be located if the application is successful:
The area highlighted with the bold red line is Mercian Square in Redditch town centre.
And here’s what the sculpture, which has been designed by artist Mark Richards, would look like:
Here’s the back of the sculpture:
The memorial would be made out of bronze and covered in anti-graffiti paint. It’s estimated to weigh up to 2,500kg.
The application includes images of a small-scale model of the proposed statue:
The application suggests that a group named “Friends of the John Bonham Memorial” could be set up to help maintain the statue.
Additionally, the proposal suggests that a yearly “Bonham Bash UK” event could be held in Redditch on the weekend closest to Bonham’s May 31 birthday. It sounds similar to the Bonzo Bash event that takes place in the US every year.
Intriguingly, a Warner Music executive has written a letter in support of the statue. Tim Fraser-Harding, who lists his title as “President, Global Catalogue, Recorded Music” said in his letter to Redditch Borough Council that the statue’s unveiling would be part of “a series of high-profile events” held to mark Led Zeppelin’s fiftieth anniversary in 2018.
View the full letter from Fraser-Harding below: