BONZO BIRTHDAY BASH NY/NJ East Coast Invasion – Final Press Release (with artist links)


The Ultimate Celebration For The Ultimate Drummer:

John Henry Bonham of Led Zeppelin

Marshall Amps / Natal Drums in association with

Modern Drummer co-sponsor!



Eddie Trunk FB TWITTER  hosts NJ!     

Carmine Appice FB TWITTER hosts all 3!

Rod Morgenstein,Corky Laing, Dom Famularo (FB), Twitter, Aaron Comess (FB) Twitter, Zack Alford, Ron Lipnicki, Danny Schuler, Nikki Glaspie (FB)  and  Jimmy Kunes added!

Brian Thomas Tichy (FB Twitter) and his partner Joe Sutton have decided to bring their Bonzo Bash/ John Bonham celebration to New York and New Jersey for 3 shows commemorating the life of rock’s ultimate drummer! The spectacles, co-sponsored by Modern Drummer Magazine, 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! Their bud, That Metal Shows’ Rockologist Eddie Trunk will be co-hosting the NJ show as drum legend Carmine Appice co-hosts all 3! Also just confirmed: Rod Morgenstein of The Dixie Dregs and Winger; Corky Laing of Mountain, world-renowned clinician Dom Famularo, Aaron Comess of Spin Doctors; Zack Alford of David Bowie and Jimmy Kunes, vocalist with Cactus and Savoy Brown, Danny Schuler of Biohazard and Ron Lipnicki of Overkill!

Since the first epic/never done before Bonzo Bash (The Groove Remains The Same) on Zeptember 25th, 2010, which 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 and Led Zeppelin were 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 Zep Head 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 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 dazzled by a great house band and one of the most unique shows you’ll ever see featuring some of the world’s best drummers around!


Thursday, May 30th, The Gramercy, NYC                Tickets:

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

Saturday,  June 1st, Bergen PAC, Englewood, NJ   Tickets:


(appearance info. goes by  “NYC, LI and/or NJ”)

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

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

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

Aaron Comess    (Spin Doctors)                                      NYC

Liberty Devitto  (FB)     (Billy Joel)                                         LI/ NJ 

Dom Famularo         (World-renowned clinician)                 LI

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

Jerry Gaskill (FB Twitter)        (King’s X)                                        NYC/ LI/ NJ

Nikki Glaspie    (Beyonce’ / The Nth Power / Dumpstaphunk)  NYC

John Hummel       (Matt O’Ree Band)                          NYC/ LI/ NJ

Johnny Kelly        (Danzig/ Type O Negative)            NYC/ LI/ NJ

Corky Laing              (Mountain)                                    NYC/ LI

Ron Lipnicki           (Overkilll)                                         NYC / LI / NJ

Jojo Mayer (FB)            (Nerve)                                            NYC/ LI/ NJ

Rod Morgenstein (Dixie Dregs/ Winger)                       NYC/ LI

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

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

Mike Portnoy (FB, Twitter)   (Adrenaline Mob/ The Winery Dogs/ Dream Theater)   NJ

Thommy Price (FB)        (Joan Jett/ Billy Idol)                     NYC

Van Romaine         (Steve Morse)                                   NJ

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

Chad Smith    (Red Hot Chili Peppers/ Chickenfoot)  NYC/ NJ

Danny Schuler          (Biohazard)                                   NYC/ LI/ NJ

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

Chad Szeliga (FB, Twitter)    (Black Label Society/ Breaking Benjamin)  NYC/ LI/ NJ

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

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


Randy Jackson (FB, Twitter)   (Zebra)   (Opening Acoustic Set)     NYC

Jimmy Kunes     (Cactus/ Savoy Brown)       NYC

Russell Allen  (FB, Twitter)  (Adrenaline Mob/ Tred)  NYC/ LI/ NJ

Mike Orlando (FB, Twitter)      (Symphony X/ Adrenaline Mob/ Tred)   NYC/ LI/ NJ

Eddie Trunk       (That Metal Show)     Hosting NJ!!

Rob Bailey (Twitter) (Acoustic Opening Set)    LI / NJ

Mike Tichy (Acoustic Opening Set)   LI / NJ


Brian Thomas Tichy (S.U.N.) Guitar (Moby Dick)

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

John “JD” DeServio (FB, Twitter)   (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)

A Tichy/Sutton Production


Press Contact: Noelle Kim Retes – 310.849.3444 –


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