vintage concert material (including who) to air on "wolfgang's vault"

Tue Feb 7 19:51:21 CST 2006


A wealth of vintage performances from some of rock's biggest names will hit 
the Internet "airwaves" tomorrow (Feb. 8) via Wolfgang's Vault. The rock 
memorabilia site's Vault Radio will go live at 10 a.m. PT with about 75 songs culled 
from thousands of hours of tapes from the archives of legendary promoter Bill 

Located in a 22,000-square foot warehouse in San Francisco, Wolfgang's Vault 
boasts authentic concert materials from such artists as Johnny Cash, Miles 
Davis, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, Rolling Stones, U2, Tom Petty, Jimi Hendrix 
and the Who. 

The cache was obtained for more than $5 million in 2003 by entrepreneur Bill 
Sagan, who named it in honor of Graham, who was born Wolfgang Grajonca. Graham 
died in a 1991 helicopter crash.

The initial Vault Radio playlist is "all over the board in terms of 
performer, year, venue and genre," Sagan tells "You'll hear Miles Davis, 
Led Zeppelin, Bruce Springsteen from 1973 when he opened for Blood, Sweat & 
Tears at the Berkely (Calif.) Community Theatre. You'll hear instrumental-only 
from Booker T & the MGs, and you'll also hear Jeff Beck and Elton John. The 
single thread of continuity is these are all concerts Bill Graham promoted from 
the mid-1960s through 1975, for the first group." 

The site is free and there is no subscription fee for streaming at 128k. "We 
don't have advertising on the site -- we don't charge more if you want a more 
dense and robust stream," says Sagan. 

The video, much of it expertly shot with multiple cameras, includes the 
legendary 1973 show by the Who at San Francisco's Cow Palace when Keith Moon fell 
into his drum kit, the Sex Pistols last concert and a four-camera shoot from 
the Tanglewood (Mass.) concerts of 1970.

"The quality is unbelievable," says Sagan of the video. "I give the BGP 
people a lot of credit. They kept [the tapes] cold and at low humidity."

Meanwhile, Sagan is navigating murky publishing waters with optimism that CDs 
and DVDs could be on the market in the near future. He would not confirm 
published reports that he is in talks with Sony BMG.

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