The greatest LIVE moments in rock/music history

I was looking for an example of live performances of one of my favorite singers and found this… Wow. Someone bootlegged the entire concert we attended back in the good old days! The audio and video are pretty low quality, and I don’t expect anyone here to watch the entire video :slight_smile: ,but it still demonstrates that Tori Amos’s live performances are amazing. She can play two pianos at once so effortlessly. :slight_smile:

Love her too! Saw her live in Paris and Athens. Fantastic concerts!

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I am going to give this one more try… the Boss, the E Street Band, and the greatest big man that ever lived from the “Born in the USA” Tour in Philadelphia 1985 (I had the opportunity to go to this tour as mentioned. But, like a ####, I didn’t. A real regret!:

From the same tour, in Toronto July 1984, a really personal fave:

And, besides a Beatles concert between 1962-1966 and the rooftop concert in 1969 at 3 Savile Row in London, this is a pretty good substitute with the Boss, Little Steven, and someone called Sir Paul:

And a few more:

Sly and the Family Stone (man, I miss you, Sly!):

The hardest working man in show business, James Brown and the BRILLIANT “Cold Sweat”:

And who can forget this from the amazing Blues Brothers, and a band with folks like Steve Cropper and Cab Calloway?:


Beatles 1965 Shea Stadium. I wasn’t there, but evidently there were 2,000 police officers for security and it was difficult to hear the music due to the screaming crowd. I don’t understand why people cry?! :woman_shrugging:

This video shows their entrance, and intro by Ed Sullivan:


Because the lads were Fab!

I think this was the first ever “stadium-sized” rock/pop concert.

Great choice!

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So fab!!..but some people just non-functional from the tears/emotion!! The enormity of that crowd is something, and the noise never really lets up. I also think it’s a hoot that Ed Sullivan got to introduce them, after their US debut on his show the previous year.

How can someone so devoid of human emotion be so good at offering college counseling😀

I had never seen this video, so thanks so much for posting.

The Fab Four in the helicopter staring down at Shea Stadium is amazing. I am not sure even they expected the importance of this event. And it’s super-touching to see Brian Epstein in the back. While the Beatles were fantastic, he has to be given huge credit for “packaging” them in a way that made them beloved to about all, regardless of age.

I love how the boys bow at the end of each song and are wearing matching suits (de rigeur for the day, I guess). That’s Brian Epstein’s packaging!

But that’s why Ed Sullivan and everyone loved/loves them. They were unfailingly polite, very funny, a great team, and of course, outstanding musicians and writers.

Speaking of bowing, I understood that John DETESTED doing that!

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Such good insights, thanks for sharing!

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Not everyone agrees. I never liked the Beatles because the night they were on Ed Sullivan, my mother was just taking me out of the bath and drying me off when she heard them announced and left my five-year-old self standing half dry atop the toilet lid. I’ve never forgiven them for that abandonment and never cared for their music.


I always liked Tracy Chapman’s performance at Wembley Stadium for Nelson Mandela’s 70th birthday concert. She was a complete unknown and had to fill in for Stevie Wonder at the last minute (Nelson Mandela 70th Tribute Concert, June 11, 1988)


New Order is playing the Barclays Center in Brooklyn tomorrow and Madison Square Garden next Wednesday. While Americans were nearly forced to listen to the tired, formulaic, unimaginative, big label records played on every city/town radio station (1970s and very early 1980s), the low wattage college radio stations and WHFS Annapolis introduced us to this fun, underground, innovative, fantastic sound at the birth of electronic music - Joy Division/New Order, The Clash, The Cure, etc… The bass is played like a guitar, perfectly timed drums, electronic experimentation pre-portable computers, whining guitars, etc… Wow! Still get goosebumps from that creative time.


Here’s some special ones from SNL in 1976 (?) with the very great George Harrison and Paul Simon:

And some from Bob Dylan. I think this is when Dylan “went electric” and is from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival:

And “Tangled Up in Blue” from our favorite Nobel laureate. I saw him live in the 1990s. He did not say A SINGLE WORD, just singing. That was interesting:

And the amazing Man in Black at San Quentin in 1969, playing “San Quentin”:

And from 1967 at the Grand 'Ole Opry, a nice medley:

And, one live one from an all-time great Buddy Holly and the Crickets on The Ed Sullivan Show:

And finally one from Roy Orbison in 1988, just before he sadly died, again way too early: