Seemingly overnight, a whopping 12,000 rare live recordings spanning the last 50 years and including some of the biggest names in the entire rock and roll world were released on YouTube yesterday, and they all came from the same place, MusicVault.com’s official YouTube channel. The videos range from recordings of The Who in 1970 to more modern bands like Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes in 2013 and everything in between, so there’s definitely something in here for everyone. According to Rolling Stone, Music Vault has been working over the last two years to remaster these all for release, and that they only plan on expanding its collection on YouTube with time.
As far as metal goes, there isn’t a huge selection, but what they lack in quantity, they more than make up for in quality. We’re talking the full sets from the infamous Woodstock ’99, including Metallica and Rage Against the Machine, as well as Korn, Sevendust and another act or two I’d rather not mention by name. Some other gems include a full Scorpions show from 1985 and one that actually caught me by surprise was the inclusion of Rammstein’s performance at UNO Lakefront Arena in 1998 (NSFW).
If classic rock is your thing, this is definitely a great channel to browse. With videos from bands like Santana, Rush, Frank Zappa, and the Grateful Dead, this channel is quickly becoming one of my personal favorites. Given such attention to detail with each video, like concert and venue details, the setlists and even links to skip through the shows to specific songs, Music Vault has accomplished a feat in concert archival.
I recommend you do some browsing for yourself though, there’s certainly plenty to watch!
Metallica – Full Concert – 07/24/99 – Woodstock 99 East Stage (OFFICIAL)
Rage Against the Machine – Full Concert – 07/24/99 – Woodstock 99 East Stage (OFFICIAL)