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Five Incredible Drummers Gone Too Soon

On this day in 1948, Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham was born.

We lost Bonham at the young age of 32. The band was supposed to kick off a North American tour in October 1980, but on September 24, 1980, Bonham died from asphyxiation from vomit.

Today, we honour Bonham and four other drummers we lost, but their legacies will live on forever:

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John Bonham

Led Zeppelin’s drummer died at the young age of 32, but what a legacy he left behind: from the echoing behemoth percussion of “When The Levee Breaks” to the intricate kick-and-snare play on “Good Times Bad Times”, and of course, the incredible solos like the one on “Moby Dick”, Bonham was the complete package. His legacy and influence as one of the most important drummers ever will stand the test of time.


 

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Cozy Powell

Appearing on over 66 albums, Cozy Powell was an in-demand session drummer, performing with Rainbow, Robert Plant, Brian May, Black Sabbath and more. His combination of classical training and raw energy made him a drum powerhouse.

Powell died in a car crash in April 1998 at 50 years old, but not before leaving an incredible body of work and collaborations behind.

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Led Zeppelin’s IV: The Album Without A Title

Today marks 45 years since Led Zeppelin‘s untitled album known as “IV” was released.

Why did one of the biggest rock bands of the time decide to commit what many could consider “marketing suicide” by not placing a title on their album?

Simple: guitarist Jimmy Page dismissed the misguided criticisms hurled at the band’s previous album, III, and decided that the next Led Zeppelin album would feature four hand-drawn symbols on the art instead.

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“We decided that on the fourth album, we would deliberately play down the group name, and there wouldn’t be any information whatsoever on the outer jacket”, Page explained. “Names, titles and things like that do not mean a thing.”

Looking back on the bold choice in 2010 while talking to The Times, Page added:

“It wasn’t easy. The record company were sort of insisting that the name go on it. There were eyes looking towards heaven if you like. It was hinted it was professional suicide to go out with an album with no title. The reality of it was that we’d had so many dour reviews to our albums along the way. At the time each came out it was difficult sometimes for the reviewers to come to terms with what was on there, without an immediate point of reference to the previous album. But the ethic of the band was very much summing up where we were collectively at that point in time. An untitled album struck me as the best answer to all the critics — because we knew the way that the music was being received both by sales and attendance at concerts.”

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The Top 10 Rock ‘n’ Roll Jack-O’-Lanterns

There’s no better holiday to show your love for music than Halloween.

Whether you want to dress up as your favourite artist for a party, or throw a holiday bash with a spooky playlist, there are plenty of options to prove your musical devotions.

For all the artists out there, one avenue is Jack-O’-Lantern carving.

You can go with the traditional ghost, bat, or scary face… but if you’re feeling ambitious, why not carve your icon?

Here are ten pumpkins that have undergone a serious transformation for inspiration, and we want them all on our front porch:

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Michael Jackson

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