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 - Led Zeppelin IV - 8th + Inner - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $34.00, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 17-Apr-2021 10:35)on April 19, 2021 at 12:51 pm
LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin IV (Late 70s UK eighth issue of the classic 1971 8-track LP on the green & orange Atlantic label without the symbols, gatefold picture sleeve with non-flipback inner. The sleeve shows only minor wear, the inner has a seam split along the bottom edge and the vinyl has just the odd light surface scuff - overall an excellent copy. Classic Zep! K50008)
- Led Zeppelin - Presence - 180gm - UK - vinyl LP - £14.99, $20.39, €16.79 (Back In Stock) (arrived 10-Apr-2021 11:19)on April 19, 2021 at 12:51 pm
LED ZEPPELIN Presence (2015 UK/EU remastered 7-track LP pressed on 180gm Vinyl, complete with illustrated tracklisting insert, embossed gatefold picture sleeve with hologram sticker on the back. The sleeve shows justa little light shelfwear & the vinyl remains near 'as new' with few signs of play)
- Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin IV - 8th + Inner - UK - vinyl LP - £30.00, $40.80, €33.60 (New Item) (arrived 06-Apr-2021 12:48)on April 19, 2021 at 12:51 pm
LED ZEPPELIN Led Zeppelin IV (Late 70s UK eighth issue of the classic 1971 8-track LP on the green & orange Atlantic label without the symbols, gatefold picture sleeve with non-flipback inner. The sleeve displays just a little light general wear,and the inner has no splits or rips, whilst the vinyl shows only very light play. Classic Zep! K50008)
- Led Zeppelin - Houses Of The Holy - 2nd - UK - vinyl LP - £45.00, $61.20, €50.40 (New Item) (arrived 06-Apr-2021 12:53)on April 19, 2021 at 12:51 pm
LED ZEPPELIN Houses Of The Holy (Mid 70s second issue of the 1973 8-track LP on the green & orange Atlantic label with the perimeter text confined to the orange area and a varient of the credits configuration, glossy gatefold picture sleeve with textured first issue card lyric/credits inner. The sleeve shows minimal wear, with just light storagewear, whilst the vinyl is Excellent with just a few light hairlines not impacting on play K50014)
- Led Zeppelin - Presence - 1½ - UK - vinyl LP - £45.00, $61.20, €50.40 (New Item) (arrived 06-Apr-2021 13:09)on April 19, 2021 at 12:51 pm
LED ZEPPELIN Presence (1976 UK transitional issue 7-track LP with 'Made in UK' clearly printed above the record speed on the labels and 'A1' stamped matrix for side one but B2 for side two, including the epic Achilles Last Stand & Nobodys Fault But Mine, complete with illustrated credits inner & gatefold picture sleeve with embossed titles & Swan Song logo on the reverse. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear & the vinyl remains in Excellent condition few signs of play SSK59402)