Happy birthday John Bonham! He would be 72 today had he not died tragically back in 1980. Easily one of the top ten drummers of all time, Bonham drove Led Zeppelin with advanced drumming techniques. Zeppelin’s big hits include, but aren’t limited to, Stairway to Heaven, Kashmir, Immigrant Song and Ramble on. Bonham’s drums are always present, regardless of the song’s speed, but some of his best drum tracks are When the Levee Breaks, Moby Dick and today’s Rock Pearl, Out on the Tiles.
Led Zeppelin was one of the best bands of the 20th century, and depending on who you ask or put them up against, the best rock band. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones and The Who would probably be their competitors for notoriety but Zeppelin was quite special. All four members are solidly in the top 10 for their instrument on the all-time list. Robert Plant, Jimmy Page and Bonham are often voted #1, also, with John Paul Jones almost always rounding out the top 10 amongst bass players.
There are many tunes from this band that are worthy of a rock pearl, but this one stood out as a really nice exhibit of Plant’s vocals and Bonham’s drumming. Out on the Tiles is a really fun song with an upbeat chorus, some great guitar licks and a very signature Zeppelin sound. Please enjoy today’s Rock Pearl!