I was interested to read PhicklePhilly’s blog regarding Led Zeppelin. As a fan of heavy rock, as far as I’m concerned Led Zep were the best band ever. Drummer John Bonham died aged only 32 in 1980, and the surviving 3 band members decided to call it quits after that as they reckoned (rightly so) that they could never find another drummer to match John (although for a one-off concert in 2007 John’s son Jason took up the drumsticks when Led Zep played at the O2 Arena).
It wasn’t until 2011 that we had a chance to pay our respects at Bonham’s grave. On 22nd May 2011 we had been to see Rush perform at the LG Arena, Birmingham. On the following day before driving home we decided to visit Rushock, a village not too far away from the arena where Bonham had lived. I’d found out online that his ashes had been buried in St. Michael’s churchyard, Rushock on October 12th 1980, the day after Sam and I were married.
We drove up a very steep hill to the very pretty village of Rushock, and the church sat there right at the top of the hill. I’ve added some pictures below so that Led Zep fans can see the grave of one of the greatest drummers of all time (Neil Peart from Rush was another one, but that’s another story). It’s not an ostentatious grave, and apart from gifts left there by fans it’s not that distinguishable from all the rest.
St. Michael’s Church, Rushock.
Through the pretty lych gate…
To where John Bonham’s ashes lie near to the tree.