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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.


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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

September 07, 1968 - The band fulfills some old Yardbirds dates in Scandanavia
September xx, 1969 - Jimmy Page is reported saying the second album will be harder than the first
September 19, 1970 - Led Zeppelin gross over $100,000 for two performances at Madison Square Gardens on the same day
September xx, 1971 - Jimmy Page is furious over a live Yardbirds release. It was forced off the shelves
September xx, 1971 - The band vacations in Hawaii
September xx, 1972 - Discussions to play various countries ends with a decision to play Japan again
September xx, 1973 - Jimmy Page considers a live release of material before releasing a new album
September 14, 1974 - Led Zeppelin and CSN&Y jam at an after party
September xx, 1975 - Jimmy meets up with Robert in Malibu, where he is staying on a tax exile
September 12, 1976 - Page and Bonham return to Switzerland and record a drum piece title Bonzo’s Montreux
September 08, 1977 - Page takes to the stage with other well knowns at a WEA records sales conference
September 15, 1978 - Zep road manager Richard Cole and Bad Company’s Simon Kirke get married in a double ceremony
September 17, 1979 - Promoter Fred Bannister forced into liquidation over Knebworth Sales with Led Zeppelin
September 18, 1980 - Jimmy reviews a new stage set up and technical details for the Eighties Part One tour at Swan Song offices
September 25, 1980 - John Bonham is found dead in Jimmy Page’s Windsor mansion by sound technician Benji Le Fevre
September 12, 2007 - It was announced at a press conference by Harvey Goldsmith that the remaining members of Led Zeppelin would reunite with Jason Bonham on drums.
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