Music Thursday, May 26th Words by: Mark Bowen, pictures by: Mark Bowen, Gus Pasquerella

Led Zeppelin superstar Robert Plant makes surprise appearance at Deborah Bonham's Hereford gig

Music Thursday, May 26th

Led Zeppelin superstar Robert Plant makes surprise appearance at Deborah Bonham's Hereford gig

Published: May 1, 2016

Was this the greatest moment in Hereford's proud musical history? Well, it was certainly one of them. 

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I'd heard a few rumours that this might be happening but to see it unfold just a few feet away from where I was standing at The Left Bank was still a shock to the system.

You don't expect a genuine superstar to leap on stage in Hereford. But this is exactly what Led Zeppelin front man Robert Plant did last night.

 (Sound quality isn't the best, but this is the levee a-breaking in Hereford on Sat night)

It comes as no surprise that there is a deep connection between Robert Plant and Deborah Bonham, little sister of the late Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham.

The bond between them is one of family - Robert tells the audience it is as if he is Deborah's uncle. They know far too much about each other, he says.

Deborah then walks off stage and Robert takes the stage to sing Zeppelin's 'When The Levee Breaks'.

She returns to perform the Johnny Kidd and the Pirates number 'Shakin' All Over' with him. 

A special moment for sure and one that will linger long in the memories of Hereford gig-goers lucky enough to be there.

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There is no doubt Deborah Bonham has a sensational voice. She can tackle any genre from the Stevie Nicks-esque 'Take Me Down', to the ultra-bluesy 'Fly'. And the touching 'Old Hyde' about the family farm is quite simply epic.

We were also treated to a duet with folk singer Deborah Rose. Fleetwood Mac's 'Songbird' was the perfect choice, performed with a delicacy that was beautiful to behold.

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Deborah Bonham was supported by Rocky Road To Ruin, Raptor, and the Troy Redfern band.

Finally, here's to that moment when you wake up, and remember that last night your support act was the guy who sang Stairway To Heaven:




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