Re: John Bonham
One other thing that doesn't ever seem to get taken into account on these threads: Bonham died at age 32. That's it. His whole career was defined by that age. You can't compare what Elvin Jones (76), Buddy Rich (69), or Tony Williams (51) did in relationship to Bonham, because they played and learned and were inspired by each other for decades longer. Bonham would be around 58 years old today, and I can't even imagine how much more his playing would have evolved in that time. That's why it's silly to make comparisons, unless all things are equal. And they usually aren't.