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Live Through A Lens: 10 Great Concert DVDS

Lights! Camera! Rock action!

The news that Aerosmith are to release a DVD of their headlining set at Download festival last summer got us thinking about other great live DVDs. Here’s 10 that offer thrilling front row views, without the unpleasantness of having sweaty, topless men sliming up against you...

Led Zeppelin - Led Zeppelin

Much sought-after on the bootleg trading circuit for decades, it wasn’t until 2003 that immaculately restored footage of Zeppelin’s mythical stands at Madison Square Garden (1973), the Royal Albert Hall (1970), Earls Court (1975) and Knebworth (1979) officially saw the light as the centrepieces of this stunning five hour, double DVD set. Casual fans may recoil in horror from the idea of a 20 minute version of How Many More Times, but for Zeppelin fans this is pretty much the Holy Grail.

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AC/DC - Let There Be Rock

As with Zeppelin’s overwrought The Song Remains The Same film, Let There Be Rock could benefit from the removal of somewhat embarrassing sequences of the band members' off-stage activities, but the live footage of a feral and full-tilt ‘DC filmed at the Pavillon de Paris on December 9, 1979 is just breath-robbing. Those upcoming stadium shows will be spectacular, but this is a brilliant reminder of just how gloriously raw and visceral the Aussie band could be with Bon Scott at the helm.

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