Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page was awarded undisclosed but ‘substantial’ damages at the High Court in London yesterday (March 28) following his libel action against a magazine which had claimed he had contributed to the death of Zepplin drummer John Bonham.
In their August/September issue of last year Ministry Magazine had alleged that while Bonham choked to death, Page had stood over him, more concerned with keeping vomit off his bed than saving his friend. The article, said Norman Chapman, Page‘s solicitor, also claimed that Page had been wearing Satanist robes and performing a useless spell and in so doing ‘selfishly and stupidly caused or contributed’ to the drummer’s death.
The magazine, which agreed to pay the full legal costs of the trial, accepted that the allegations were untrue and said they expressed sincere apologies for the distress and embarrassment the piece had caused.
Bonham died following a drinking binge on September 25 1980 as the legendary rockers rehearsed to take their eighth studio album, ‘In Through The Out Door’, on an American tour.
The three remaining members – Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones – disbanded the group in December of that year, unable to continue without Bonham.
Page was not in court to hear the ruling. He is currently on tour in the US.