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    Led Zeppelin - John Bonham Signed Gong (1977). A 16" brass gong on a rope signed on the front in black felt tip by the legendary Zeppelin drummer. The autograph was obtained on the day of the first performance of the 1977 North American Tour, April 1, at Memorial Auditorium in Dallas. This tour had been set to kick off in Fort Worth in February, but Plant contracted laryngitis and it was delayed. A backstage security guard at the venue (a drummer himself) brought one of his gongs from home in hopes of getting his idol's signature. He hung it near the backstage entrance door (his post) and managed to get Bonham to sign it on his way in. He didn't even ask the other three for their autographs even though they passed through the same door; John Bonham was the only one that mattered to him. Included with the lot is a signed letter of authenticity from him (transcript available on our website). A real rarity. Definite signs of use, overall Fine condition. Cymbal carrying bag included. COA from Heritage Auctions.

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    "My name is Christopher Mason. I worked as backstage security at Memorial Auditorium in downtown Dallas, Texas from 1976 to 1979. Being a drummer myself, I was a huge fan of John Bonham and Led Zeppelin. When I heard they were booked in to play in March of 1977, I was excited to say the least. Shortly before the show they had to cancel due to one of the band members failing ill. They were quickly rescheduled for April 1st 1977. The day of the show I brought a Gong that I had from home hoping at some point to get John to sign it for me, I hung it near the backstage entrance door that was my post to work. When they entered it was Page, Plant, and Jones; John followed later. When he approached the door I asked him if he would please sign our Gong. I remember him asking why is it hanging here? I said we used it to let everyone know when lunch had arrived. He laughed, signed it, and walked inside. A short encounter but I had accomplished what I wanted to do. Looking back now, I wish I would have had all 4 members of the band sign it, but at that time I wasn't thinking that it would be of any value. I remember the night very well because someone had printed thousands of fake tickets. We were very busy trying to place people in the right seats and also dealing with the fire marshal at the same time because we eventually had to open the doors to let everyone in. I hope you enjoy the Gong!"

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    December, 2013
    12th Thursday
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