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Don't forget that the fabulous DEBORAH BONHAM BAND are at The Bullfrog Blues Club at  The N.B.E.C.S.A. Club ( a.k.a. The Dockyard Club), Onslow Rd, Southsea, PO5 2NH, TONIGHT -Thursday 4th August. 

A special guest, Steve Rodgers is supporting -  he's the son of Paul Rodgers, Bad Company & Free's  front man. (Deborah apperaed on ‘Paul Rodgers Live at Hammersmith Apollo’ album,  duetting with Paul  on  Free's  classic ‘Be My Friend’.  

Two days after the Bullfrog gig, the band play at The  Devon rox Festival, Exeter, along with The Quireboys, Girlschool,  Funeral For A Friend and many more.

Blues-rock vocalist Deborah Bonham’s older brother is the late lamented John Bonham, the drummer of Led Zeppelin, but it wasn't until after John's untimely death that she decided to take the plunge, and recorded her first demos at the home of Led Zeppelin frontman Robert Plant, who encouraged and advised her.  Initially she was hesitant to take the stage, thinking the Bonham name was a double-edged sword… "I knew some people would think I was just jumping on the bandwagon." However, that CERTAINLY wasn't the case! 

In 1997 Deborah performed a series of sell out U.S shows with her nephew,  Jason Bonham, (the son of John Bonham) including gigs at The Whiskey A Go Go in Los Angeles, Dallas, Fort Worth, Houston, New York. A special live performance with Jason Bonham on Rockline Radio Los Angeles was broadcast to three million listeners throughout North America and Canada . Slash and Terry Reid guested in one of the shows, at The House of Blues in Los Angeles.
 Her albums have featured guest appearances from Mick Fleetwood, Robert Plant’s guitarists Robbie Blunt and Dougie Boyle, Pretenders/Paul McCartney's guitarist Robbie McIntosh and  Jason Bonham on drums.  A new album is abouty to be released, which aslso features the legendary guitarist Gordon Giltrap. 

In April 2005 Deborah Bonham performed on all three U.K gigs with the legendary soul diva Ann Peebles ( The Borderline Club and The Royal Festival Hall in London, and The Bullfrog Blues Club, Southsea, Hampshire). Deborah opened the shows, followed by Ann Peebles, then the pair sang together, including a duet on Ann's hit 'I Can't Stand The Rain' .

In October 2006 Deborah opened for Paul Rodgers, the legendary British rock singer, who has fronted Free, Bad Company, The Firm, and more recently Queen on his eight concert tour of the U.K. The concert at The Bullfrog features Paul Rodger's son, so another bonus! 
On June 24, 2008 ATCO Records released Deborah’s ‘Duchess’ album in America, introducing her powerful blues-rock vocals to American listeners. Released world wide, it includes guest performances by Jason Bonham and Paul Rodgers. On “Duchess”, Deborah rips through 13 original compositions backed by her forceful working band - former Humble Pie drummer Jerry Shirley, bassist Ian Rowley, keyboardist Gerard Louis, and guitarist Peter Bullick. Each song showcased her soulful singing and her effortless and versatile approach to a gamut of styles, from blues and soul to hard rock and English folk. The album features guests including veteran pedal steel guitarist B.J. Cole, guest drummer Jason Bonham and vocalist Paul Rodgers.

 Deborah was specially invited by Eddie Van Halen to perform the Led Zeppelin classic "Rock & Roll", at Van Halen's tour launch show. Also, Deborah sang "Black Velvet" with Alannah Myles at "The World's Greatest Music Party" headlined by Diana Ross and Rod Stewart at the NEC Birmingham, which was broadcast on BBC1 Christmas evening. 

Othe releases include  'Lot of Help From My Friends' a CD released on Track Records of a live concert which features Deborah, Kenney Jones Gang, Mark Butcher and Donovan, with whom she performs a beautiful duet on his classic song 'Colours' 

The 'Steve Marriott Memorial Concert' DVD features Deborah performing three songs, and backing Paul Weller and a reformed Humble Pie including Peter Frampton. A highlight is Deborah singing 'Tin Soldier' with Paul Weller and Noel Gallagher of Oasis. 

Apart from the above, Deborah has appeared with Tim Rose, Uli Jon Roth, Lonnie Donegan, Jools Holland, and Foreigner. She has played festivals from Glastonbury to Donnington’s “Monsters Of Rock”, and twice at Fairport Convention's Cropredy Festival.

"One of the best vocalists the country has to offer."
Jerry Ewing, Metal Hammer Magazine

"Debbie possesses an exquisite voice shifting from the etheral beauty of Stevie Nicks to the rasp of Kim Carnes within a verse, with every ounce of charisma encapsulated in those vocal chords."
Paul Rees, Kerrang Magazine

"This is a talented lady with a soulful voice, so redolent of Chrissie Hynde, Sandy Denny and Stevie Nicks."
Malcolm Dome, Raw Magazine

"This lady has the finest, richest and most infinitely identifiable voice that has appeared for some considerable time."
Derek Oliver, East West Records

"When the critics actually hear her stuff, they'll realize that she's not just John's sister."
Sunday Mail

“Debbie has star written all over her. She's  been around the stars all her life and it shows. If songs like this got more airplay then the charts in this country would be much more interesting. She has a voice like an angel.”
Fusion Magazine

"... Sublime" 

"Never mind John Bonham, she sounds more like the sister of Steve Marriott or Paul Rogers" 
Sony U.S.

"Debbie's on fine form here ....4/5"
Guitarist Magazine

"She's not trading on the name, this woman can sing" 
Get Rhythm

"Strutting blues rock, reminiscent of the days when Lemons got squeezed" 
Doors open 8.p.m.  Advance tickets obtainable online - www.barkingspider.abelgratis/com (pick 'em up on the door) 
or from  "Saraband", Goldsmith Avenue, Southsea (next to the Shell petrol station) during shop hours. you can also purchase tickets  on the door, subject to availability.