With so many concertgoers posting clips of concerts to YouTube, it’s a lot easier to overcome the fear of missing out. Now the music-obsessive fans behind Music Vault, which is owned by bootleg haven Wolfgang’s Vault, have made it easier for people to see concerts they may have missed over the past five decades.
Over the past two years, Music Vault has been remastering more than 13,000 concert videos, which they are now offering up on YouTube. The footage spans the last five decades and features performances by a wide array of artists, spanning classic rock and soul, like Bob Dylan, the Grateful Dead and James Brown, alongside indie artists like St. Vincent and Deer Tick.
As a point of entry into its collection of videos, Music Vault have made several playlists, including “Best of the Vault,” “Face-Melting Guitar Solos” and “Legends of the Fillmore East.” Music Vault content editor Bill Antonucci has said that he hopes the videos give younger fans a taste of what it was like to see some classic bands while older fans can relive concerts they attended.
“Fans can expect a front-row seat to some of the greatest rock & roll performances of all time: Bruce Springsteen on the Darkness Tour in 1978, the Who at Tanglewood in 1970, the Allman Brothers at the Fillmore East in 1970,” he tells Rolling Stone. “These are legendary musicians captured at the peak of their powers.”
Antonucci also said that Music Vault plans on expanding its collection of live videos on YouTube with time. Currently, the site’s archives includes works from Bill Graham Presents, the King Biscuit Flower Hour, Woodstock, the Newport Jazz and Folk Festivals and more.