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Bonzo Birthday Bash NY/NJ – 5/30, 31 & 6/01

East Coast Invasion

The ultimate celebration for the ultimate drummer: John Henry Bonham of Led Zeppelin

Brian Thomas Tichy, his partner Joe Sutton, Marshall Amps, Natal Drums in association with co-sponsor Modern Drummer take the Bonzo Bash / John Bonham celebration to New York and New Jersey for 3 shows commemorating the life of rock's ultimate drummer! The shows have been booked on May 30th, May 31st and June 1st to pay tribute to John Henry Bonham on and around what would have been his 65th birthday. Since the first epic/never done before Bonzo Bash (The Groove Remains The Same) on Zeptember 25th, 2010 brought 18 of the world's best drummers together on one drum kit in West Hollywood, Tichy and Sutton have done a total of 5 Bonzo Bashes with each one gaining more momentum and much deserved attention.

With a list that is far too long to include here, it should be noted that 50 drummers and 30 guests have performed over 100 songs through the course of these marathon shows! The last Bonzo Bash, on Jan 24th 2013, the most talked about show at the NAMM music convention, sold out and a second night could have been added! 30 drummers played with a total of 52 performers over the course of 5 hours! Tichy said: "I had this idea back in 2010 when one day it occurred to me that John Bonham was the only drummer and Led Zeppelin the only band I had never stopped listening to for over 30 years. The idea literally came to me in that instant. I was going to go for a backyard party or a kegger in a rehearsal room, but then figured if all these drummers actually get together and make it a "thing," it should be made available for people to see, so I talked to promoter Joe Sutton, a Zephead himself, who happened to have the exact night on hold at Key Club and that was that!

The concept is simple: each drummer chooses his or her favorite Led Zeppelin song and plays it on an amber acrylic drum kit with the house band "The Moby Dicks." This coming together of the world's best drummers also brings with it an undeniable, communal spirit that is very hard to find at any other type of rock show. We all have a great time as it's all about celebrating the amazing drumming of John Bonham and his timeless impact. The energy is thick, the egoless vibes prevail and we all walk away with great memories! I've never seen so many smiling faces at a rock show! People constantly ask for us to take this juggernaut on the road but in theory, it's not unlike a river crossing of wildebeests during migration season! But, by going to a city like New York with my home state New Jersey next door and inviting the best drummers in the area, it became apparent that we may be able to pull this off after all!

So, grab a couple tickets and get ready to be dazzled by a great house band and one of the most unique shows you'll ever see featuring many of the world's best drummers!


Thursday, May 30th | The Gramercy, NYC

Friday, May 31st | Revolution, Amityville, Long Island, NY

Saturday, June 1st, Bergan PAC, Englewood, NJ


[appearance info: NYC (New York City) / LI (Long Island) / and/or NJ (New Jersey)]

Zack Alford (David Bowie/Bruce Springsteen/The B-52's) NYC

Carmine Appice (Drum Legend/ Co-hosting ONLY) NYC / LI / NJ

Aaron Comess (The Spin Doctors) NYC

Dom Famularo (World-renowned clinician) LI

Michael Cartellone (Lynyrd Skynyrd/ Damn Yankees) NYC / LI / NJ

Liberty Devitto (Billy Joel) LI / NJ

Joe Franco (Good Rats/ Twisted Sister/ Widowmaker) NYC / LI / NJ

Jerry Gaskill (King's X) NYC / LI / NJ

Jojo Mayer (Nerve) NYC / LI / NJ

Johnny Kelly (Matt O'Ree Band) NYC / LI / NJ

John Hummel (Drum Legend/ Co-hosting ONLY) NYC / LI / NJ

Corky Laing (Mountain) NYC / LI

Ron Lipnicki (Overkill) NYC / LI / NJ

Jonathan Mover (Aretha Franklin/ Joe Satriani) NYC / LI / NJ

A.J. Pero (Twisted Sister) NYC / LI / NJ

Mike Portnoy (Adrenaline Mob/ Winery Dogs/ Dream Theater) NJ

Thommy Price (Joan Jett/ Billy Idol) NYC

Van Romaine (Steve Morse) LI / NJ

Bobby Rondinelli (Rainbow/ Black Sabbath) NYC / LI / NJ

Danny Schuler (Biohazard) NYC / LI / NJ

Matt Starr (Ace Frehley/ Burning Rain) NYC / LI / NJ

Chad Szeliga (Black Label Society/ Breaking Benjamin) NJ

Brian Tichy (Whitesnake/ Foreigner/ S.U.N.) NYC / LI / NJ

Steven Wolf (Alicia Keys/ Pink/ Britney Spears) NYC / LI / NJ


Russell Allen (Adrenaline Mob/ Tred) NYC / LI / NJ

Randy Jackson (Zebra) NYC

Jimmy Kunes (Cactus/Savoy Brown)

Mike Orlando (Adrenaline Mob / Tred) NYC / LI / NJ

Eddie Trunk (“That Metal Show”) *Hosting* NJ

***Many more drummers and special guests to be announced***


Rob Clores (Black Crowes/ Enrique Iglesias) Keys (East Coast Moby Dick/Special Guest)

John "JD" DeServio (Black Label Society/ C.O.P.) Bass (East Coast Moby Dick/Special Guest)

Chas West (Bonham / Lynch Mob) Vocals (Moby Dick)

Brent Woods (Vince Neil / Sebastian Bach / Brentwood Forest) Guitar (Moby Dick)

BONZO BIRTHDAY BASH is a Tichy/Sutton Production Press Contact: Noelle Kim Retes | 310.849.3444 - ProducerNoelle@gmail.com

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