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Sebastian Bach, Steven Adler, Mike Portnoy + More Highlight John Bonham Tribute Show

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Late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham remains one of the most respected and saluted skin beaters in rock ‘n’ roll history, and after last year’s ‘Bonzo: The Groove Remains the Same’ tribute shows, there will be another Bonham-related event this year.

Whitesnake drummer Brian Tichy is keeping the beat alive by organizing the star-studded ‘Bonzo’s Birthday Bash,’ taking place May 31 at the West Hollywood House of Blues. Tichy has secured a stellar lineup with Adrenaline Mob’s Mike Portnoy, two former Guns N’ Roses drummers Steven Adler and Matt Sorum, Stone Sour’s Roy Mayorga, KoRn’s Ray Luzier, sibling drummers Carmine and Vinny Appice, Quiet Riot’s Frankie Banali, Ratt’s Bobby Blotzer, Cinderella’s Fred Coury, Alice Cooper’s Glen Sobel, Tesla’s Troy Luccketta, AC/DC’s Simon Wright, and more taking part. In addition, Sebastian Bach will provide his soaring vocals, and Dokken’s Jeff Pilson will sit in with the band as well.

One of the things that will make the event special is that each participating drummer will get to play on a replica John Bonham drum set, complete with a gong and timpani. Each drummer will get to play with the house band for the night, the Moby Dicks, which consists of Tichy, Whitesnake bassist Michael Devin, Jason Bonham’s Led Zep Experience keyboardist Stephen LeBlanc, Montrose vocalist Keith St. John, and Brentwood Forest guitarist Brent Woods.

Tichy says, “There are no rules other than to have fun putting your own groove and character into your song choice! It’s such a unique night, seeing how all these great drummers approach the same drum set making it their own!”

Other recently announced performers for the show include David Lee Roth Band’s Greg Bissonette, Seven the Hardway’s Virgil Donati, White Lion’s Troy Patrick Farrell, Foreigner’s Mark Schulman, Ugly Kid Joe’s Yael, Opiate for the Masses’ Seven Antonopoulos, Bulletboys’ Jimmy D’Anda, Salty Dog’s Khurt Maier, and Zappa Plays Zappa’s Joe Travers.

Tichy says, “‘Bonzo’s Birthday Bash’ is the equivalent of a gong on fire on top of an erupting volcano next to a wildebeest migration complete with lurking, starving crocodiles and a fireworks finale across the river that not even the Olympics can rival.” The show, held May 31, would have marked Bonham’s 64th birthday.

Tickets for ‘Bonzo’s Birthday Bash’ are now available via the House of Blues website.

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