NEWSMAKERS: Mag Chokes on Led Zep Story

Led Zeppelin rocker Jimmy Page did not don a robe, cast a Satanic spell and otherwise stand idly by whilst bandmate John Bonham choked to death on his own vomit. Yes, the British magazine Ministry today took it all back — the robe thing, the spell thing, the standing-by-idly thing — and apologized to Page for a story that claimed the guitarist acted right odd the night of his chum’s death.

Unfortunately, the magazine could not take back the thing about Bonham choking to death on his (Bonham’s) vomit. That part really happened.

It was Sept. 25, 1980, when the hard-living drummer died at Page’s mansion near London, essentially ending the hard-rocking Led Zeppelin unit of “Stairway to Heaven” fame. The Ministry article appeared in its August/September 1999 issue.

In addition to the apology, the mag was ordered to pay Page damages. Undisclosed, but substantial damages.

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