The Best Live Performance in Rock Music Ever

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    The guitar man..... the damn guitar. Incredible the whole way through. Music CHURCH in session.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gG7YDCJ8Ad8

    Like someone said in the comments it's like foreplay the whole time the way he's making it studder and then he finally makes it climax :)
     
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    ZZ Top "Fandango" from 1975

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B-e7GKaoQuI

    They don't have footage of the shows just audio.
    Can you beat Gibbons record of "Gotta Mellow Down"-in-a-row starting at 10:07??
    I don't think so!
     
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    Springsteen was great live in the 90's.
     
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    Kid Rock was great live!
     
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    Just reading through old posts in this thread....

    I think they wrote some incredible songs. Much better than the Beatles, in my opinion, who were just a big old marketing ploy which caught on.
     
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    Of course they did! It's funny how some people call songs that have remained the best in certain ocasions for over thirty years now (We Are The Champions, We Will Rock You) and many more that would simply not get old (Bohemian Rhapsody, etc.), bad and so forth... There is a reason why a song has the staying power it has and why it proceeds to be played over and over through the years - there hasn't been a better one written and performed! Some people are just not ripe enough to realize the true magic that Queen offered to the public. Eventually, most people do though... And lastly, I would like to add that, in my opinion, the lead singer that would match Freddie Mercury has not been born yet. And, sadly (or not?), we will probably never witness the birth of one... Just check out the performance of Robert Plant at the Freddie Mercury Tribute concert in 1992 on Wembley Stadium and see if you would manage to listen through the whole thing when he is trying to sing one of Queen's songs... As a matter of fact, why don't you go ahead and listen to everyone else who tried? Freddie is not just an amazing four-octave voice, great frontman and a profound song writer - he is also an innovator who dared to venture into many musical genres and he did it brilliantly! How many of these other puppets could match that? The truth is that if you really look into it objectivelly, you will realize that Freddie will blow away any other rock or pop singer off the stage and that includes females as well. If you don't agree with me, you are a minority in this world.

    The person who said that Freddie is not in a league with the other classic rock greats was actually correct - Freddie is in a league of his own and so far no one seems to be close to joining him there... ;)
     
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    I had never seen this thread until today and didn't scan the whole thing so excuse any redundacies.

    I grew up in the heyday of classic rock and my first job while in college was working on the stage crew for concerts held on FSU campus. This immediately followed attending the 2nd Atlanta International Pop Festival in '70, where I saw Hendrix play "The Star Spangled Banner" at midnight on the 4th of July. That is my ultimate moment but it was in a crowd of half a million and I was very far away. The shows I worked @FSU got me hooked on being up close (Ike & Tina Turner, Allman Bros (6 times), old Fleetwood Mac (Peter Green days), Doobie Bros., Don McLean, Badfinger, The Chambers Bros., Pacific Gas & Electric, Grand Funk Railroad, Mountain, Spirit...I could go on.

    I also lived in London for six months and saw a lot of acts @The Rainbow Theatre (Procul Harum with the LPO as backing), Albert Hall and The Roundhouse (Steve Howe solo was awesome)

    During the 70's/early 80's I lived in the NYC metro area and would buy scalped tickets at double face value to guarantee center seats ten rows in or better. The reason was also for taking photos as I worked for Nikon and had use of any equipment for free. I still have the best images saved on a formatted disc. Some of the best shots are of Queen @MSG on the "We Are The Champions" tour. I would love to share some of them with you if anyone can help me figure out how...I am a numnuts about all the ways to "unlock" the photos; also I am presently computer-less.

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    The stones are pretty much unwatchable these days, but in their heyday, they were indeed "the greatest rock n roll band in the world!" as per their billing.

    Check out "circus," "ladies and gentlemen" and "live in texas" for ample evidence.
     
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    In the 90's (Voodoo Lounge, Bridges to Babylon tours) they were still very strong. I got great seats in Tampa for the Voodoo Lounge tour (on the field @Tampa Stadium 20 rows back) and they made it a great evening!
     
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    Some good and even terrific ones have been mentioned already but my favorite because I actually saw them perform on this album tour twice was Little Feat, Waiting for Columbus.

    Roll another one...
     
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    Can't believe it took 90 posts to mention this. Easily the greatest performance of all time
     
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    I still reckon that is just fantastic..

    most epic performance ever, at the very least!
     
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    When Metallica and Red Hot Chili Peppers are getting mentioned in a thread title "best live performance in rock music ever" I just have to facepalm...
     
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    that's ok, some idiot actually mentioned The Beatles...

    you get a lot of baby boomer ignorance in a thread like this, that 'our era was the best and music died in 1980' kind of stuff

    fact is, some of Cream or Hendrix's show in london might actually have BEEN the 'best live performance in rock music ever', but there isn't any decent footage or audio, so who knows?

    Or the guy who insists the Mahavishnu Orchestra are the ultimate, but I doubt he's even heard of Dream Theater, for example and so doesn't realise the level of technique that is actually out there now.

    then you have something like Eric Johnson doing Cliffs of Dover on Austin City Limits, it's mind boggling, but does it count?

    and where does this leave the incredible precision of Rush, grooving away in 7/4 like it was 'be bop a lu lah'?

    Thing is, all you can do is name up great shows as possibilities, and in that context, RHCP at Slaine Castle or the above Metallica gig are very worthy to put in there with Queen at Wembley (awesome) or The Who at, umm, was it Glastonbury?. Or so many others.
     
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    On the contrary--I'm quite familiar with Dream Theater. (And I find them boring beyond description.) Rush, on the other hand, are quite exceptional. So are many of the other prog bands--Yes, Gentle Giant, Magma, Caravan, Soft Machine, King Crimson, National Health, Zappa's groups, etc. I'm fully aware of "the level of technique out there." I consider none of those groups on the level of the original Mahavishnu Orchestra, which was gifted with qualities far more than mere technique, although they had that in endless supply. I'm also well aware of the excellent Eric Johnson, having enjoyed his music since Tones.
     
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    I guess that's where personal taste comes into it. I find both Dream Theater and The Mahavishnu Orchestra incredibly tedious and self indulgent, but Dream Theater's musicians have a deeper well of technique on which to draw. :)

    JMac, himself, however, shows he can cut loose at least a little on the rather wonderful 'Friday Night in San Francisco'. (sure, he lacks the fire of Paco or the massive technical skill of Al, but he holds his own with a near perfect blend of the two IMHO)

    but it's all taste, ye? I am a lifelong Rush fan, so there is an element of confirmation bias in play any time I hear them play.

    but, at the same time, can you really watch that Metallica clip and NOT go OOOOOHHH?

    I can't
     
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    Metallica is good at the music and genre that they perform (I actually gained a lot of respect for Kirk listening to him on the Rush documentary!). That really is a big part of it--how one feels about the genre or style and how a particular artist fits into it. I'm not a huge fan of that style of metal, but I can appreciate what they're doing.

    Some of my friends think it's odd that I'm a huge Rush fan and don't care for DT. Then again, I like Marillion but find Transatlantic dull, too. As a part-time musician, I can be blown away by someone's technique but otherwise uninterested in what they're doing. As you say, personal taste is what it all comes down to. (As for your assessments of JM/MO, I'll have to agree to disagree, but that's [I think] ultimately the point of the thread!)

    *Other great Austin City Limits performances: Strength in Numbers and Richard Thompson.
     
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    oh, yes, I have seen Richard Thompson on ACL, that's a great show!

    ok, lets just agree to disagree.. :)

    excuse me, I feel the need to put Time Machine on the blu ray..
     
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    ok, I knew I had seen at least one fantastic show from the era..

    thanks!
     
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    Only an idiot would call another person's taste in musical performances idiotic. It's like calling someone idiotic for having a different favorite color.

    I guess your weekend went well. :)

     
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    oh dear, way to miss the point completely..

    it's a thread about live performance, something even the fab four themselves readily acknowledged was not really their forte.

    oh, not saying they were bad, far from it, but nor could they possibly figure in any conversation about the 'greatest live perfomance in rock music history'

    they hardly played live at all over the last few albums..

    here's a 1965 gig.. even the most avid fan has to admit it's pretty grim. check out poor old Ringo's drumming..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wikymu0FX5w
     
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    What part of "subjective" do you not get?

    Freddie Mercury looks like an idiot (TO ME), and I have no interest in watching him "perform," ie looking like an idiot on stage.

    Others think Mick Jagger looks equally idiotic if not more so.

    I saw Chrissie Hynde perform and thought she was better than Bono who performed later in the night. How many people agree that The Pretenders are a better live act than U2? Doesn't f'in' matter! Why? Because it's subjective.

    You can't please everyone. There is no "best" live performance. Only the "best" according to one's individual, idiosyncratic taste.

     
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    Duh! Who du idiot now.

     
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    Tom Jones is duh greatest rock n roll of all time.

    Signed, Tim Tebow's tennis elbow
     
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    I should probably let this pass as it is apparent you have no idea what this thread is about.

    However, let me try and put this in terms you can understand.

    If one takes, say, the top five restaurants in the world (as reviewed by michelin, for example) and tried to come up with a 'best', it would come down to 'personal taste'.

    however, there is no doubt whatsoever that each one is superior to, say, McDonalds.

    This is where we are at comparing the likes of Queen at Wembley to Metallica in Prague or Rush in Rio. They are all great performance, which one you think is best comes down to personal taste.

    Now, I am not suggesting The Beatles are musical Maccas, that would be ridiculous, but they are well known as a band that were not at their best live throughout the great majority of their career, not performing many of their better known songs at all.

    are you able to grasp this?
     
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    no, we had just had an argument with some fellow who didn't rate Muse at all, nobody actually posted anything.

    good man. (shame about Eddie, eh?)
     
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    Earl´s court 1975.Knebworth 1979 for its meaning
     
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    Good choices..
     
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    Steve Winwood at Filmore wasn´t bad either

    DP liv cocnert at Tokyo
     
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    Didn't the Beatles retire from live performances in 1966? Ie. before many/most of their best songs.
     
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    Beatles are second class performers when live
     
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    "It is not that we were just the best band.It is that we were miles away from whichever was the second best"
    "When we were good, we were untouchable.when we were bad, we still kicked asses"

    Oh yeah¡ Oh yeah¡ Led Zeppelin rules¡¡¡
     
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    Exactly, which is my point..

    They might have been fantastic had they taken Sgt Pepper or The White Album on the road, but the fact is they didn't...
     
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    That's because they couldn't hear themselves with all the screaming.
     
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    You coud go with your GrandPa to any Beatles concert and if he was deft enough not to be bothered by all the screaming, he´d fit in nicely.
    Of course, you couldn´t get him to any Zepp concert...unless you wanted to cure his deftness at first stroke
     
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    This thread has confirmed that
    Floydians like Fed
    Zepptards like Laver
    I must be the one zepptard who prefers Floyd to Fed
    F and L question
     

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