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John Bonham, April 19, 1977, Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio
General Specs
Manufacturer: Paiste
Alloy: NS12 Nickel-silver
Sizes: 22", 29", 36", 38"
John Bonham began using a Paiste Symphonic Gong in the spring of 1969 upon recommendation from Vanilla Fudge's drummer, Carmine Appice. Bonham used it to accent certain songs, such as White Summer/Black Mountain Side, Dazed And Confused and the end of Whole Lotta Love, which can be seen in the movie The Song Remains The Same.

In July 2009, the 29-inch Paiste gong was sold to an anonymous buyer for $64,000, after the auction failed to sell at Bonhams' gallery in Los Angeles, California as part of the Peter Golding Collection of Rock and Roll Art and Animation Art auction.


Led Zeppelin, May 11, 1969, Green Lake Aqua Center, Seattle, Washington
Led Zeppelin, August 09, 1969, Anaheim Convention Center Arena, Anaheim, California
John Bonham, October 19, 1969, Kinetic Playground, Chicago, Illinois
Led Zeppelin, January 24, 1970, Universoty of Leeds, The Refectory, Leeds, West Yorkshire, England
Led Zeppelin, ca. August 22-23, 1969, Pirates' Festival, Dundee, Scotland
Led Zeppelin, March 07, 1970, Montreux Casino Hall, Montreux, Switzerland
John Bonham & Jimmy Page, June 28, 1970, Royal bath & West Showground, Shepton Mallet, England
John Bonham, July 29, 1973, Madison Square Garden, New York City, New York
John Bonham, April 19, 1977, Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, Ohio
John Bonham, Robert Plant & Jimmy Page, June 21, 1980, Ahoy Rotterdam, Rotterdam, The Netherlands
John Bonham with 22" Paiste Gong on the floor behind him, The Old Hyde, Cutnall Green, Worcestershire, England
John Bonham's 29-inch Paiste Gong on display at Bonham's Auction House, ca. June 2009, Los Angeles, California

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This Month in
Led Zeppelin History

October xx, 1968 - Led Zeppelin is recorded
October 19, 1968 - Final performance as the New Yardbirds
October 31, 1969 - Led Zeppelin II is released in the US
October 17, 1969 - Bonham is thrilled to play Carnegie Hall where Buddy Rich and Gene Krupa have performed
October 23, 1970 - Led Zeppelin III is released in the US
October xx, 1970 - The press lash out at the band over the Led Zeppelin III acoustic content
October xx, 1971 - Page and Plant venture around Thailand and India after the Japan tour
October 18, 1972 - Zeppelin rehearse at the Rainbow Theater for a UK tour
October xx, 1973 - Each member performs an individual film sequence for their concept film
October 31, 1974 - Swan Song hosts a party for the launch of its UK division
October xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin decide not to tour and concentrate on recording new material
October 20, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same premieres at New York’s Cinema One
October xx, 1977 - Jimmy starts assembling a Led Zeppelin live album from recordings as far back as 1969
October xx, 1978 - Jones and Bonham record with Paul McCartney at Abbey Road Studios
October xx, 1978 - Rehearsals for In Through The Out Door in London
October xx, 1979 - All nine Led Zeppelin albums enter the Billboards Top 200 -- no other band has ever achieved this
October 10, 1980 - A private funeral is held for John Bonham at Rushock church in Worcestershire
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