Listening to the playback
Recording “Whole Lotta Love”!
“For the song to work as this panoramic audio experience, I needed Bonzo to really stand out, so that every stick stroke sounded clear and you could really feel them. If the drums were recorded just right, we could lay in everything else.
“Robert’s vocal was just as extreme. He kept gaining confidence during the session and gave it everything he had. His vocals, like my solos, were about performance. He was pushing to see what he could get out of his voice. We were performing for each other, almost competitively.”
John Bonham, The Record Plant New York, recording Led Zeppelin II, by Jim Cummins
John Bonham, with a little Bonzo simmering just under the surface
Bonzo looking mighty golden at the Forum, June 3 1973, by Jeffrey Mayer, via rollingstone.de
Bonzo being Bonzo: John Bonham, Led Zeppelin, 1969
Drugs + your face between Robert & Jimmy’s butts and Bonzo’s junk = Jonesy’s expression
The Black Dragon (and Bonzo) at Earls Court, May 1975, by Graham Wiltshire
Led Zeppelin: John Bonham being Bonzo at the Manitoba Centennial Pop Festival (Man Pop), August 29, 1970