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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"
Website: http://www.paiste.com/ 
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.

Photos

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