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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

November 21, 1968 - Robert becomes a father to a baby girl named Carmen Jane.
November 09, 1968 - Robert marries Maureen in London. Their reception is a performance at the Roundhouse in London
November xx, 1969 - Tempers flare over Atlantic in the UK wanting to release singles
November xx, 1969 - Recording for Led Zeppelin III begins at Olympic Studios in London
November xx, 1970 - Plans are in motion for a Yardbirds reunion
November 08, 1971 - Finally after much anticipation, Untitled is released
November xx, 1972 - Houses Of The Holy is mixed and completed
November 10, 1972 - Led Zeppelin sell out 120,000 tickets in one day
November xx, 1973 - Initial recordings for Physical Graffiti commences at Headley Grange
November 04, 1973 - Led Zeppelin finalize the purchase of Headley Grange to be their new corporate headquarters
November xx, 1974 - The band makes plans and rehearses for the tenth North American tour
November xx, 1975 - Led Zeppelin records Presence in a mere 18 days
November xx, 1976 - Led Zeppelin book into Ezyhire Studios to rehearse new material for an upcoming tour
November 04, 1976 - The Song Remains The Same movie premieres in Europe
November xx, 1977 - Jimmy dispells rumors of Led Zeppelin’s break up
November 06, 1978 - Led Zeppelin purchase and ship new gear to Polar Studios to begin work on a new album
November 10, 1979 - Led Zeppelin and their entire entourage attend an ABBA concert
November 07, 1980 - The band meets with Peter Grant to announce the retirement of Led Zeppelin
November 29, 1999 - The RIAA announced that Led Zeppelin were only the third act in music history to achieve four or more Diamond albums, a Diamond album being awarded for accredited sales of more than 10 million units in the US.
November 01, 2007 - An announcement was made that Jimmy Page had fractured his finger on his left hand after a fall in his garden and the reunion show would be postponed to December 10, 2007.
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