Only weeks after fan-shot 1970 footage of Led Zeppelin in L.A. was unearthed — previously unseen pro-shot silent film of the band at the Bath Festival has popped up on YouTube. Loudersound.com reported the 30-minutes of outdoor footage comes from Zeppelin’s June 28th, 1970 performance at the Bath & West Showground in Shepton Mall and was captured by director Peter Whitehead — best known for his famed 1965 Rolling Stones tour documentary, Charlie Is My Darling.
Zeppelin’s performance was but part of an extensive weekend lineup that also featured such heavyweights as Pink Floyd, the Moody Blues, the Byrds, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Frank Zappa And The Mothers Of Invention, Steppenwolf, Johnny Winter, Fairport Convention, Dr. John, and more.
Jimmy Page told us that he was aware immediately that Led Zeppelin was breaking new ground on not only a musical level — but on how music was actually created: “We knew that we were doing work — we knew it was substantial because it wasn’t like anybody . . . what anybody else was doing. So, then it has a substance to it and it’s radical, purely because of that level. As far as the sort of counterpoint of the four musicians playing together and the sum total of that, or even the alchemy of it, that basically is what the magical aspect of Led Zeppelin is, I believe.”