YouTube’s collection of live concert videos is about to get expanded by several thousands. On Tuesday, the video sharing site announced that it has teamed up with Music Vault to bring another 12,000 clips of classic performances from some of the world’s biggest artists.
Music Vault collects live video performances, both rare and from some big festivals like Woodstock, Winterland, and more. It reportedly took the company two years to restore and compile the thousands of tapes from its archives. The collection, consisting of over 2,000 hours of video, spans over 50 years of music and includes clips and sometimes even full concerts from both modern artists, like Fleet Foxes and Of Monsters and Men, to a slew of legendary artists, including Rolling Stones, Van Morrison, Bob Dylan, The Grateful Dead, and many, many more.
“We believe this content deserves to be seen by the largest audience possible, and our partnership with YouTube allows us to do just that,” content editor Bill Antonucci said. “And not only does YouTube have the numbers, their viewership is as diverse and all-encompassing as the Music Vault catalog. Younger music fans will now be able to experience what it was like to see these classic bands at the peak of their powers while their parents relive the thrill of seeing shows they actually attended.”
The collection is very extensive and definitely worth spending at least a few hours browsing, but if you’re not sure where to start, here are 10 clips of a wide variety of artists to catch.
1. The Rolling Stones
This almost half-hour-long clip shows part of a Rolling Stones’ European tour documentary, recorded in 1976 at the Winterland music festival in San Francisco, California. In addition to capturing several of their live performances, the clip shows multiple shots from the audience’s perspective, as well as gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at the band warming up, getting ready for the show, traveling on the bus, and discussing their music.
If you’ve ever wanted to catch a full-length Metallica concert, but never got the chance to make it for one, this is the perfect video for you. This clip captures a full hour’s worth of songs from the band. It was recorded live from their July 1999 performance at the music festival Woodstock in Rome, New York.
This black and white performance of Blondie’s classic track and fourth-ever single “One Way or Another” was taken live in July of 1979 at Convention Hall in Asbury Park, New Jersey. The track, initially released in 1979, is off the band’s album Parallel Lines.
4. Lynyrd Skynyrd
In this clip, the Southern rock band perform their second-ever hit single and one of the signature songs of their entire career “Sweet Home Alabama” at Oakland Coliseum Stadium in California in July 1977. The song, released in 1974 off their second album Second Helping, was written as an answer to two Neil Young songs “Southern Man” and “Alabama,” which touched on issues of racism and slavery in the south.
5. Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
This seven-minute-long black-and-white clip capture a live performance of Petty and his band singing the track “Breakdown” during 1978’s Winterland festival in San Francisco, California. The track, first released in 1976, is the first single from the group’s self-titled debut album and went on to become a Top 40 hit in both the United States and Canada. Though not captured in this particular video, Petty was known to combine this track with Ray Charles’ song “Hit the Road Jack” at times when performing it live.
This hour-long video, one of several Santana clips in Music Vault’s performance collection, captures a full concert of Santana’s on tape in December of 1976 at the Olympia Theatre in Paris, France.
7. Kenny G.
In case this collection of music isn’t mixed enough, Kenny G. is in the mix too! This clip captures this 1987 performance of a tune called “Songbird,” a composition that marked the third single from his album Duotones. The song, released in 1986, reached number three on the U.S Adult Contemporary Charts and number four on the U.S. Hot 100 Charts.
8. James Brown
Feel like getting on your feet and busting a move? Watch this hour-and-a-half-long James Brown concert, captured in January 1986 at the Ritz. In addition to watching him perform some of the classic hits of his career, the concert clip also features an appearance from a robot at the beginning. Yes, a robot.
9. Bob Marley and The Wailers
The group performs their legendary hit “No Woman, No Cry” live in 1979 in Oakland, California. The song was released in 1974 through their album Natty Dread.