On February 25, 1972, Led Zeppelin played the third show of a six-date Australasian tour, at Western Springs Stadium, a venue in New Zealand’s largest city, Auckland.
Standing near the front was 20-year-old photographer Lloyd Godman, armed with an 8mm movie camera, who managed to capture some footage of the band in full flow. He then consigned the film to his shed, where it lay undisturbed for the best part of half a century.
“I knew I had this roll of film in the shed so I sent it off to get digitised,” Godman tells the New Zealand Herald. “I knew there was band stuff on it but I didn’t know what it was. It came back and there was the Zeppelin film.”
The five minutes of film may be quite murky, but a Zeppelin archivist in the US was able to synch the footage to sound recordings from the event, and the results were premiered yesterday on the LedZepFilm YouTube channel.
Among the snippets of tracks played in the film are Bron-Y-Aur Stomp, Dazed And Confused, Rock And Roll and Whole Lotta Love.
“[My reaction was] really one of joy,” says Godman, “because, of the still photographs I took, I only ended up with six shots, which were really the rejects because the promoter had picked through the best of them and they just disappeared. So finding this was like finding gold really.”
He continues: “It’s really timeless music, some of that stuff. It’s so powerful and I think the combination of musicians that came together to form the group – it was just like a giant cyclone.
“The way a cyclone’s formed is, you know, all the energy was there – it just came together and it just formed into this amazing vortex that not only carried them along but carried everybody else along as well.”
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- Led Zeppelin - Physical Graffiti - 200gm - QUIEX SV-P - US - 2-LP vinyl set - £495.00, $539.55, €554.40 (New Item) (arrived 24-Sep-2022 10:49)on September 25, 2022 at 5:31 am
LED ZEPPELIN Physical Graffiti (2005 US exclusive limited edition issue of the classic 1975 15-track double LP pressed on 200gram QUIEX SUPER VINYL, remastered under the direct supervision and approval of Jimmy Page for the ultimate audiophile listening pleasure, die cut picture sleeve reproducing the original album artwork. The vinyl has a little light paper scuffing/faint hairlines leaving it EX/EX- but nothing that affects play, the sleeve, inners are all in Near Mint condition. Long out of print and now highly sought after SS2-200)
- Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin II - 3rd - UK - vinyl LP - £125.00, $136.25, €140.00 (New Item) (arrived 15-Sep-2022 09:49)on September 25, 2022 at 5:31 am
LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin II (1970 UK third press 9-track vinyl LP on the plum & red label, with Lemon Song credited as Killing Floor & 'Produced by Jimmy Page' moved to just under the title, first design lighter gatefold picture sleeve. The sleeveshows just a little edge wear but nothing excessive & the vinyl remains in wonderful condition, showing only the very lightest signs of play. A fantastic Led Zep rarity that no collection is complete without)
- Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin III - 180gm - UK - vinyl LP - £18.00, $19.62, €20.16 (New Item) (arrived 08-Sep-2022 16:23)on September 25, 2022 at 5:31 am
LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin III (2014 UK issue of their 1970 10-track LP which has been remastered by guitarist & producer Jimmy Page, pressed on 180 Gram Vinyl, housed in a replica die-cut, stickered picture sleeve complete with rotating wheel. The sleeve shows minimal wear from storage, while the vinyl itself displays little evidence of play)
- Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy - EX - German - vinyl LP - £20.00, $21.80, €22.40 (New Item) (arrived 08-Sep-2022 16:33)on September 25, 2022 at 5:31 am
LED ZEPPELIN Houses Of The Holy (Early 1980's German issue of the 1973 8-track LP with orange & green Atlantic labels, glossy non barcoded gatefold picture sleeve with no credits, complete with textured lyric inner clearly printed with the catalogue number 'ATL50014' whilst the labels have 'K50014'. The sleeve shows minor wear, the inner has little age and the vinyl has just a few light surface scuffs & hairlines to indicate play)
- Led Zeppelin - Coda - 1st - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £35.00, $38.15, €39.20 (New Item) (arrived 08-Sep-2022 16:54)on September 25, 2022 at 5:31 am
LED ZEPPELIN Coda (1982 UK first issue Swan Song label 8-track vinyl LP with 'Manufactured in the UK' on the labels, comprising a collection of unused tracks from various sessions during their twelve-year career. The textured & embossed gatefold picture sleeve comes with the album credits inner and shows very little of its age while the vinyl is excellent with the odd light sign of play A0051)