52-year-old concert footage of Led Zeppelin comes to YouTube

Restored bootleg footage of Led Zeppelin performing in LA has been shared after sitting in storage for 52 years.

Led Zeppelin’s concert at the Inglewood Forum in 1970 has been uploaded to YouTube, after collecting dust in storage for half a century. The owner of the footage, Eddie Vincent has stated the following: “It was important to share fan recordings rather than hide them in personal collections.”

Through a culminated effort on Vincent’s part, as his wind-up machine could record only 30 seconds at a time, he was able to collaborate with another fan and match the clips to the audio. 

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Vincent spoke with Classic Rock about the concert: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.”

After the concert was over, Vincent forgot about the footage for 50 years: “The music needs to be out there,” he said. “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.”

Waters thanks Led Zeppelin in the YouTube video, “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.”

Check out the restored footage below.