Bonzo's Montreux

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"Bonzo's Montreux"
Instrumental by Led Zeppelin
from the album Coda
Released 19 November 1982 (1982-11-19)
Recorded 12 September 1976
Studio Mountain Studios, Montreux, Switzerland
Genre Instrumental rock
Length 4:15
Label Swan Song
Composer(s) John Bonham
Producer(s) Jimmy Page

"Bonzo's Montreux" is a drum solo by Led Zeppelin drummer John Bonham. It is the seventh track on the band's 1982 compilation album, Coda. It was recorded in September 1976 at Mountain Studios in Montreux, Switzerland.[1] Jimmy Page added electronic effects afterwards.[2]

The song was left unreleased until 1982, when it was included posthumously on the album Coda following Bonham's death in 1980.

The song was also included on both of the band's boxed sets, released in the early 1990s. It was presented in a medley with Bonham's solo on "Moby Dick" on the first boxed set in 1990, and as an individual track on the second boxed set in 1993.

Although the version of Coda included on the career-spanning boxed set The Complete Studio Recordings featured the new songs that were released on the boxed set series, the "Moby Dick/Bonzo's Montreux" medley (released on the first boxed set, in 1990) was omitted.

"Bonzo's Montreux" was never performed live at Led Zeppelin concerts, however, Bonham would perform parts of the song during "Over the Top" in 1977.[2]


In a contemporary review of Coda, Kurt Loder of Rolling Stone gave the track a positive review, praising Bonham's "drum orchestra" and the electronic effects added by Page.[1] Loder further described the track as being "true to the spirit of Sandy Nelson, and thus vestigially nifty at the very least."[1]



  • Dave Lewis (1994). Led Zeppelin. Omnibus Press& Schirmer Trade Books. ISBN 978-0-7119-3528-0. 
  • Chris Welch (2005-11-07). Led Zeppelin: Dazed and Confused: The Stories Behind Every Song. Da Capo Press. ISBN 978-1-56025-818-6. 


  1. ^ a b c Loder, Kurt (20 January 1983). "Coda". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 27 July 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Dave Lewis (1994). Led Zeppelin. Omnibus Press& Schirmer Trade Books. ISBN 978-0-7119-3528-0. 

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