To celebrate the thirty-fifth anniversary of Led Zeppelin’s
formation, Atlantic Records will release two exhaustive sets of
Zeppelin rare live material on May 27th. The two collections — one
triple CD called How the West Was Won and one double DVD called
Led Zeppelin DVD — feature no overlapping material, and
promise to render the band’s only other official live set, the
uninspired The Song Remains the Same, obsolete.
How the West Was Won is culled entirely from two 1972
Zeppelin shows in Southern California: one at the L.A. Forum on
June 25th and one at Long Beach Arena two nights later. The set
features a twenty-six-minute “Dazed and Confused,” a
twenty-three-minute “Whole Lotta Love,” “Rock and Roll,” and
“Stairway to Heaven,” as well as songs from the
then-yet-to-be-released Houses of the Holy.
The DVD features more than five hours of career-spanning footage
— from a 1969 appearance on Danish television to 1979’s Knebworth
Festival, a year before drummer John Bonham’s death. Other gigs
documented include a 1970 performance at London’s Royal Albert
Hall, a 1973 set at Madison Square Garden in New York, and a
five-night stand at London’s Earls Court in 1975.