Who emerge from Wolfgang's Vault

Brian Cady brianinatlanta2001 at yahoo.com
Wed Feb 8 05:39:33 CST 2006

>From Billboard at:

Rock Legends Emerge From Wolfgang's Vault
Ray Waddell, Nashville

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 Billboard.com. "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.

-Brian in Atlanta
The Who This Month!

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