On July 8, Music Vault, a brand new YouTube feature centered entirely on live music, was launched with more than 13,000 videos of live concerts from hundreds of diverse artists. The collection of performances spotlights dozens of influential artists from the past half-century, ranging from Crosby, Stills, and Nash to Wynton Marsalis to Nine Inch Nails.
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In contrast with many YouTube concert videos, the Music Vault catalog provides professional-quality, remastered renditions of both single songs and full concerts. Although not all the uploads have been fully categorized yet, there are already a handful of playlists and channels to get fans started from the main page, including full concerts from acts like Aretha Franklin and Neil Young, in addition to channels dedicated to specific genres and artists like The Grateful Dead and Santana. The latter San Francisco-based Latin rock outfit is featured in a number of classic videos that showcase early performances from the band’s namesake, legendary guitarist Carlos Santana.
Many more performances reach back to the golden age of rock in the ‘60s and ‘70s, including music icons Tina Turner, Parliament Funkadelic, Van Morrison, and legendary live outfit The Allman Brothers Band. The southern rock group will be bringing its 45-year career to a close this fall at the Beacon Theatre in New York, giving fans one last chance to see classic rock staples like “Ramblin’ Man” live.
In addition to Music Vault’s arsenal of classic concerts, fans also can get a small taste of veteran performers that are still active today. The video below shows Ringo Starr in action with his All-Starr Band, performing a classic solo hit from the former Beatle’s lengthy career. The legendary drummer is currently on the road in North America with a new lineup of music all-stars who provide a night of non-stop hit sing-alongs for every city on its tour schedule.
Once you’ve had your fill of the classics, you can browse Music Vault’s selection of modern rock and pop artists, as well. A handful of acoustic deep cuts from Pearl Jam have made their way into the Music Vault catalog, including a performance of the rare ‘90s track “Wash.” The Eddie Vedder-fronted band will be on the road again this fall, 10 years after the filming of the video below, in support of its 2013 release “Lightning Bolt.”
Music Vault’s uploads also include special video sessions from indie publications Paste Magazine and Daytrotter, including this acoustic session from the 2013 Gentlemen of the Road tour featuring Mumford and Sons frontman Marcus Mumford and The Vaccines vocalist Justin Hayward-Young covering a classic Neil Young track.