VintageRock.com conducted an interview with drummer Simon Wright (DIO, AC/DC, UFO, DIO DISCIPLES, Geoff Tate's QUEENSRŸCHE) at the Bonzo Bash NAMM Jamm 2014 "The Ultimate Celebration To The Ultimate Drummer - John Henry Bonham Of Led Zeppelin", which was held on Thursday, January 23 at The Observatory, in Santa Ana, California. You can now watch the chat below.
"Bonzo Bash" is the "celebration show" that John Bonham freak/worshipper/drum lifer Brian Thomas Tichy (WHITESNAKE, FOREIGNER, OZZY OSBOURNE, BILLY IDOL) put together to pay tribute to the one and only drummer he has never stopped listening to and being inspired by since he was 10 years old.
In a 2011 interview, Wright described Bonham as "incredible. He had a lot of attributes which make for the ultimate drummer, I think: attitude, power, musicality, groove, sensitivity and a hell of a sound."
He added in a separate interview: "John had such sensitivity and such songmanship. He wasn't just a basher; he was so soulful."
When asked by BlastzoneOnline.tk in an August 2011 interview why he left AC/DC, Wright said, "Well, I had been in the band for about eight years and I began to get complacent about things. Don't get me wrong — they are an incredible band, as we know, but I needed to expand on my drumming more. Branch out a bit. I think they noticed this in me — I guess it happens — so it was time to move on. I will never have enough thanks for the amazing journey they took me on. They are great people and a killer band."