The Enduring Legacy Of John Bonham

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Frankie Banali

Quiet Riot

First Impression: “I actually went to see what I thought was The Yardbirds. My father took me. This was 1969 at a place called The Image, in Miami, which was formerly a bowling alley that had been converted. When I got there and I went in, I looked up on the stage and the only person I recognized was Jimmy Page. And they started playing ... and that was it. I mean I was sold. I was hooked for life. And I remember coming out at the end of the show, and walking up to my father’s car — because he sat out there smoking De Nobili cigars and drinking espresso — and he looks at me and he goes, ‘What happened?’ And I literally couldn’t speak. And he goes, ‘It was that good?’

“And I said, ‘Yeah.’

“He said, ‘You want to come back tomorrow?’

“And I said, ‘Yeah.’ And he bought me a ticket and brought me back the next night.

Most Important Bonham Influence: “I think it would probably have to be the triplets between the kick drum and the snare. You know, a lot of the things that John Bonham did stem from that whole triplet thing, whether it was just a triplet on the kick drum or in combination with the hands. But I think that’s what’s stayed with me the most. I’ve used it, by and large, on just about every record I ever played on to varying degrees.”

Tribute Song: “I Can’t Quit You Baby” from Led Zeppelin I

"I Can't Quit You Baby"
This powerful 12/8 groove is peppered with jazz ride cymbal bits and some slamming drum fills. Led Zeppelin can occassionally be thought of as a blues band on steroids and depressants and songs like "Dazed And Confused," "Since I've Been Loving You," and this one confirm it. It might be a good idea to lock up the guns and sleeping pills before listening to these tracks successively.

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