“Becoming Led Zeppelin,” the feature-length documentary about the origins of Led Zeppelin, could finally be on the verge of being released after director Bernard MacMahon privately screened a new cut of the film in California.
The film was announced by Led Zeppelin in May 2019 and an initial cut was shown at the Venice and Telluride film festivals in September 2021, but there has been no word of its release since then. In September 2022, it was announced that the film was being re-edited to add more footage.
Now, it seems that the filmmakers may have finished re-editing the film and are preparing for its release. A new cut of the film was screened at Soho House West Hollywood on April 6, according to attendee Nicky Panicci.
“I’m thrilled to have attended a private screening of the latest cut of ‘Becoming Led Zeppelin’ at the SoHo house in West Hollywood yesterday, directed by my buddy Bernard MacMahon,” Panicci wrote in an Instagram post on April 7.
“It’s the first-ever documentary about Zeppelin to be sanctioned by the band themselves,” he continued, “and includes intimate interviews with the surviving members, as well as rare archival interviews with John Bonham, and a plethora of absolutely insane footage of the band in its infancy. Do yourselves a favor and see this gem of a film once it’s released – you will not be disappointed!”
In response to a question posed in the comments of the post asking when the film will be released, Panicci responded: “The initial cut was shown in late 2021 at the Venice film festival. They’ve been working on refining it since then and it should be released to the public sooner than later.”
Panicci is a well-connected music fashion collector and guitarist who gained press attention when he sold his unique Los Angeles home for $2.2 million in 2019.
The guitarist’s connections lend credibility to his claim to have seen the latest cut of “Becoming Led Zeppelin”. His Instagram post was liked by well-known guitarist Steve Vai, while Panicci’s Instagram followers include Sean Ono Lennon and Måneskin guitarist Thomas Raggi.
We checked and Soho House West Hollywood has a screening room that is regularly used for up to 50 people to watch advance screenings of films and TV episodes.