On September 25th, 1980, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham passed away at the way too young age of 32 when he accidentally asphyxiated in his sleep after a prolonged drinking session during rehearsals which ended at Jimmy Page’s Old Mill House, Windsor property. (via Billboard, October 4, 1980)
Widely acclaimed as the greatest rock drummer ever, Bonham’s unique sound would have been difficult to replace and the remaining members, having met at London’s Savoy Hotel to discuss future plans, eventually announced the band’s dissolution and the cancellation of a US tour, on December 4, 1980.
Official Swan Song press release:
“We wish it to be known that the loss of our dear friend, and the deep sense of undivided harmony felt by ourselves and our manager, have led us to decide that we could not continue as we were.”
Jimmy Page – Stairway to Heaven (Instrumental) December 8th 1983
Ronnie Lane A.R.M.S. Benefit Madison Square Garden NYC
With Eric Clapton & Jeff Beck