After The Beatles dominated the rock world throughout the Nineteen Sixties, Led Zeppelin took over within the Seventies as rock turned a extra hardcore style. Paul McCartney additionally turned barely edgier together with his band Wings, and the 2 bands turned rivals. Nonetheless, Paul McCartney and the members of Led Zeppelin nonetheless had respect for each other, and the previous Beatle even had a number of recording periods with drummer John Bonham.
Paul McCartney first recorded with Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham in 1972
In an interview with Goldmine magazine, Allan Kozinn, writer of The McCartney Legacy: Quantity 1, 1969-73, shared how Paul McCartney and John Bonham labored collectively. In line with Kozinn, Bonham was mates with Wings drummer Denny Seiwell. Seiwell couldn’t attend the recording of “C Moon.” So, Bonham stepped in and helped out on the drums. Nonetheless, the official model of “C Moon” options another person on drums.
“Denny Laine was mates with John Bonham from earlier than both was well-known. Bonham used to look at Denny’s band carry out in Birmingham, the place they have been each from, and Denny has mentioned that even years later, Bonham nonetheless remembered the lyrics to a few of Denny and the Diplomats’ unique songs. Bonham got here alongside [to the session], not likely to fill in for Seiwell, however simply as a buddy of Denny’s, and he took over the drums for some time. However Paul felt uncomfortable recording the observe with Bonham changing Seiwell, so [Wings guitarist] Henry McCullough moved over to drums, and that’s who you hear on the file.”
McCartney and Bonham labored collectively once more on ‘Beware My Love’
In 1976, Paul McCartney and John Bonham as soon as once more received within the studio collectively. This time, Bonham performed the drums for “Beware My Love,” which debuted on the album Wings on the Pace of Sound. In line with Far Out magazine, Bonham participated within the first demo of the tune, however the official model was recorded with Wings drummer Joe English.
It’s unclear why McCartney didn’t embrace the model with Bonham, however the former Beatle nonetheless recalled the expertise as a constructive one.
“It was implausible,” McCartney exclaimed. “Bonham was at all times on my top-five drummer checklist and a fantastic buddy and ballsy drummer.”
The pair labored collectively as soon as extra on ‘Again to the Egg’
Again to the Egg was the ultimate studio album from Wings. The album included one among Paul McCartney’s most bold initiatives, “Rockestra theme.” For this epic observe, McCartney contacted many well-known musicians he was mates with to return right down to the studio and be featured on the observe. Many musicians are credited with being on this tune, together with Led Zeppelin’s John Bonham and John Paul Jones, The Who’s Pete Townshend and Kenney Jones, and Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.
The Rockestra roster additionally recorded the tune “So Glad to See You Right here.” The group gathered at Abbey Street Studios in a set of expertise that has hardly ever been matched. Sadly, Again to the Egg carried out beneath expectations when it comes to gross sales, however Rockestra continues to be spectacular to hearken to for rock historians.