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How did John Bonham’s drumming style evolve?

One iconic rock and roll drummer is John Bonham of Led Zeppelin who died prematurely in the mid 1970s. Because of the way his distinctive drumming differed from other musicians, Led Zeppelin’s drums



However, it’s also worthwhile to look into how John Bonham built his sound and how it changed over the course of his musical career if you’re hoping to imitate him or simply learn how he obtained the sound he did. Sam Kemp’s latest post at Far Out provides a helpful explanation of how Bonham’s selection of drums changed over time.

Throughout his stint with Led Zeppelin, Bonham utilized a number of Slingerland sparkling kits. Kemp cites Led Zeppelin’s debut album as featuring this set up, with Bonham briefly switching to a pair of bass drums after the band’s 1968 and 1969 tours with Vanilla Fudge.

Kemp points out that The Song Remains the Same features a special Ludwig drum set that Bonham used in the middle to end of the 1970s. This led to a switch from wood to Plexiglas drums, then for the remainder of his time in the band, stainless steel instruments. When taken as a whole, Kemp’s article demonstrates how Bonham developed his sound through a process of trial and error.

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How Did John Bonham’s Signature Drum Sound Develop? was first published on InsideHook.