The footage of legendary Led Zeppelin performing at the Bath Festival of Blues in England on June 28, 1970 was recently released online on September 29.
The video clip has stunned the Led Zeppelin fans
LedZepNews has confirmed that the footage, which comprises silent film of the band performing and videos of the band backstage at the festival, is previously unseen footage recorded by Peter Whitehead.
Film library business Kinolibrary published the footage on its YouTube channel across three silent videos. The emergence of the footage from 1970 raises the question of whether the filmmakers behind the upcoming documentary film “Becoming Led Zeppelin” will seek to include it in their film.
Earlier this month, it was announced that they are re-editing the film a year after its premiere and are still keen to include more footage from the early years of Led Zeppelin.
However, the emergence of the newly emerged Bath Festival footage could see the video clips deleted from YouTube. Other videos known to be featured in the documentary were deleted via copyright claims by the filmmakers.
LedZepNews reported in 2017 that Whitehead’s footage of the band at the festival was recoverable and that between 20 and 30 minutes of video has survived.
The news that the footage had survived emerged during a talk given at the Royal Albert Hall about Whitehead’s films. It had previously been rumoured that the Led Zeppelin film was not usable because it was too dark and had been shot using the wrong film stock.
However, Professor Steve Chibnall from De Montfort University who had seen the footage, said the film “is usable because, I mean, it can be, it can be restored now. So you can raise those lighting levels, you can see more digitally.”
“There’s 20 to 30 minutes and a lot of it is backstage. I’ve only seen the footage, I haven’t seen it with sound,” Chibnall said of the Bath Festival footage. Whitehead originally planned to film the band arriving by helicopter, but he got there too late to capture that on film.