Robert Plant dedicated a performance of “Good Times Bad Times” to John Bonham on September 19 and explained why he wasn’t available to attend a tribute event in Bonham’s home town of Redditch on September 22.
Before performing “Good Times Bad Times” in Tucson, Arizona, Plant said “I’ve got to tell you one… This weekend back in a little tiny town in Worcestershire in England, there’s a celebration of the life and the work of John Henry Bonham.”
“It’s unfortunate that I can’t be there because I keep doing this and I can’t stop it but I’m sending all my love to the Bonham family and all the people who’ve got together to help to create this great memory for John back in his home town.”
“We travelled together for many, many years, long before the gates opened and all that shit. So this one is for the memory of my great friend John.”
A video of Plant’s comments, filmed from the side of the stage, was shown at the tribute event on September 22.
Watch Plant’s tribute at the start of the video below:
Sculptor Mark Richards, who designed the tribute to Bonham in Redditch, recently shared photographs online showing Plant visiting the statue.
#johnbonham memorial. Leading up to the celebration on Saturday in Redditch, this week I'm posting pictures of the 31 May installation of the sculpture. Here @RobertPlant with @JBMemorial #publicfiguresculpture @ledzeppelin pic.twitter.com/VNI855R0Hv
— Mark Richards (@markxrichards) September 20, 2018