John Bonham quotes

  • Not everybody likes or understands a drum solo, so I like to bring in effects and sounds to keep their interest.
    -- John Bonham

    #Sound #Likes #Solo

  • There were times when I blundered and got the dreaded look from the lads. But that was a good sign. It showed I'd attempted something I'd not tried before.
    -- John Bonham

    #Fear #Looks #Lad

  • I dare not drink before a gig because I'll get tired and blow it. So I have to sit drinking tea in a caravan.
    -- John Bonham

    #Drinking #Tired #Blow

  • People who don't take care of their drums really annoy me.
    -- John Bonham

    #People #Care #Annoying

  • I remember in the early days when we played six nights a week for a month and I was doing my long drum solo every night. My hands were covered in blisters.
    -- John Bonham

    #Night #Hands #Long

  • I have no qualm about the quality of the contemporary repertory,
    -- John Bonham

    #Quality #Qualms #Contemporary

  • I'm the Best Keith Moon-type drummer in the world.
    -- John Bonham

    #Moon #World #Keith

  • Most of it was nuts, but I was determined to be a drummer as soon as I left school.
    -- John Bonham

    #School #Nuts #Determined

  • With Zeppelin, I tried to play something different every night in my solos. I'd play for 20 minutes but the longest ever was 30 minutes. It's a long time, but whenI was playing it seemed to fly by.
    -- John Bonham

    #Night #Play #Long

  • Mistreating your drum set is just one step below child abuse
    -- John Bonham

    #Children #Abuse #Child Abuse

  • I think the marketing needs work.
    -- John Bonham

    #Thinking #Marketing #Needs

  • Drumming was the only thing I was ever good at.
    -- John Bonham

    #Drumming

  • My names John Bonham, I'm a drummer and I'm potty about cars.
    -- John Bonham

    #Names #Car #Drummer

  • Brushes..? Nah. Hit 'em as hard as you can.
    -- John Bonham

    #Ems #Brushes

  • I don't consider that I'm particularly influenced by anyone or anything. But when I started playing, I was influenced by early soul. It was just that feel, that sound.
    -- John Bonham

    #Soul #Sound #Feels

  • I've always been obsessed with drums. They fascinate me. Any other instrument - nothing. I play acoustic guitar a bit. But it's always been drums first and foremost. I don't reckon on this Jack-of-all-trades thing. I thing that felling is a lot more important than technique. It's all very well doing a triple paradiddle - but who's going to know you've done it? If you play technically you sound like everybody else. It's being original that counts.
    -- John Bonham

    #Guitar #Play #Important

  • I never had any lessons. When I first started playing I used to read music. I was very interested in music. But when I started playing in groups I did a silly thing and dropped it. It's great if you can write things down.
    -- John Bonham

    #Silly #Writing #Groups

  • I've wanted to be a drummer since I was about five years old. I used to play on a bath salt container with wires on the bottom, and on a round coffee tin with a loose wire fixed to it to give a snare drum effect. Plus there were always my Mum's pots and pans. When I was ten, my Mum bought me a snare drum. My Dad bought me my first full drum kit when I was 15. It was almost prehistoric. Most of it was rust.
    -- John Bonham

    #Dad #Coffee #Years

  • Sometimes you'd come up against a brick wall... or sometimes you go into a fill and you'd know halfway through it was going to be disastrous.
    -- John Bonham

    #Wall #Bricks #Sometimes

  • My nerves before a gig got worse; I had terrible bad nerves all the time. Once we started... I was fine.
    -- John Bonham

    #Ukulele #Nerves #Gigs

  • Nowadays you can't be loud enough!
    -- John Bonham

    #Enough #Loud