Led Zeppelin concert footage taken during the classic English rock band’s September 4, 1970 concert at the Forum in Los Angeles has finally hit the Internet after five plus decades.
All thanks to a Zeppelin fan named Eddie Vincent who captured the good times as a teenager.
The seven-minute reel is a great find for rock fans. The amateur clips show the dominant stage presence of the group consisting of singers Robert Plantguitarist Jimmy Pagebassist John Paul Jones and Led Zeppelin’s late drummer, John Bonham.
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The footage shows parts of Led Zeppelin performing their songs “Since I’ve Been Loving You”, “Thank You”, “What Is and What Should Never Be”, “Whole Lotta Love”, “Some Other Guy” and “Lemon Song” ,” which Classic rock reported. The concert was heavily bootlegged in LP form as Lives on Blueberry Hill, but had never appeared before on video. (The newly dug recordings are now matched with the audio from that recording.)
Vincent explains: “I was a teenager back in 1970. And like many other people in LA, when I heard Led Zeppelin were going to play another show at the Forum in September, I knew I had to be there. This time, I decided to go the family film camera with. It was a small rolled-up 8mm Kodak Brownie. When my friends and I came to the Forum, I hid it under my jacket. There were no problems at the door back in those days.”
He continues: “The seats were excellent – front row behind the stage. We were in the back [drummer] John Bonham’s gong, so you couldn’t really see him much. But the sound was fantastic. During the acoustic set, John ducked behind the gong to smoke a cigarette and very gracefully acknowledged our slavish praise. He even posed twice for my still camera and both times the flash wouldn’t go off.”
But while those images came out “worthless,” adds Vincent, “a few others lived with the 8mm film.”
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