A video of Led Zeppelin’s 1970 gig at Los Angeles’ Inglewood Forum has been restored and shared online.
A rare video from one of the band’s most famous performances, which took place at New York City’s Madison Square Garden in 1970, was discovered and posted on the internet earlier this year. Now, another footage has been added.
The recording of the band’s performance in Los Angeles on 4th September, 1970 has been available as an audio bootleg under the name ‘On Blueberry Hill’ for many years.
Due to the limitations of his recording equipment at the time, a fan, Eddie Vincent has finally put together an 8mm video footage and audio of the performance.
Speaking to Classic Rock about his experience at the gig, Vincent said: “I had really great seats. They were right behind the band. I had seats in the front row, right behind John Bonham’s kit. The only problem was that you couldn’t really see John because the gong was there, but he came around and chatted to us while they were doing the acoustic set.”
The fan continued, explaining how he lost track of the tape, leaving it in a box for decades without being touched: “The music needs to be out there. I know a lot of collectors and traders that don’t give their stuff away, and that’s a shame to me. Music’s to be shared, and today you need it to get away from the crazy world. And if this film brings a lot of people happiness, hey, we did a good job.”
Take a look at the footage from the concert below.
John Waters, a bootlegger who helped put the audio and film together, is quoted in the video’s description as saying: “Old concert film is important and must be preserved! If you shot film in the past, traded and collected reels or just bought them from the classifieds of rock magazines in the 70s and 80s it’s important we save these.”
Robert Plant has spoken in the past about performing Led Zeppelin songs live and the idea of reuniting the band, saying it wouldn’t “satisfy my need to be stimulated”.
Following the passing of drummer John Bonham in 1980, the iconic band disbanded. Since then, they have come together many times, most recently in 2007, although only for special performances. However, Plant frequently plays Zeppelin songs during his solo performances.
“Going back to the front to get some kind of massive applause — it doesn’t really satisfy my need to be stimulated,” the frontman added.