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Concert Vault's new YouTube channel opens wealth of rare footage

The Grateful Dead in 1980.
The Grateful Dead in 1980.
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Concert Vault's new partnership with YouTube is bringing many of the clips that its members have been seeing to the public for free on its new Music Vault channel, Bill Antonucci, the Vault's content editor, told Vintage Rock 'n' Roll Examiner. The new channel, which Billboard reported contains over 17,000 videos, includes vintage live clips from artists such as the Who, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Iggy Pop, the Allman Brothers, Van Morrison, Neil Young, Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, Santana and the Band, as well as more recent material.

“As a Concert Vault user, you'll most likely recognize the majority of the video on Music Vault. We believe this content deserves to be seen by the largest audience possible, and our partnership with YouTube allows us to do just that,” he said.

The YouTube channel has a lot of short videos, but they will be joined in playlists, says Antonucci. “The majority of the YouTube videos are single-song videos, but they will be eventually included in official full concert playlists, which should play the songs in sequential order. For example: Lynyrd Skynyrd 'Tuesday's Gone. ',As you can see, this is the individual video, but featured within a playlist of the full concert.

Full concerts are also in the mix. “We have also uploaded a select amount of full concert videos, like the Grateful Dead full concert from 1977 and will continue to release these on a weekly basis.”

He says the Vault will be continually expanding. “We are always on the lookout for new archives to add to our catalog, and we also plan on continuing to shoot new and up-and-coming bands to be featured alongside the music legends we typically feature on our channel.”

The Music Vault channel has become very popular in the short time it has been online. According to Billboard, over 20,000 users click in daily and the channel tallied over 600,000 in a month.