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|Top Live Performances Of All Time|
I'm gonna get flamed to hell for this list due to certain picks, but
these are, in my opinion, the best live performances of all time.
YouTube links where possible.
|10||Guns N' Roses|
Welcome To The Jungle
From the Ritz in 1988, here http://www.youtube.com/watch?
This was when Guns were still the epitome of the hard rock band; high out
of their minds, young, passionate and, most importantly, furious. Their
performances around this time period are so intense, so in your-face and so
damn compelling that one would be forgiven for thinking that they were
playing for their lives. And that kind of passion was what made the Guns N'
Roses of this period so damn good live.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N-eXPE24Ef4 This is, in my opinion, the
best song Hendrix performed in terms of showcasing his immense talent.
With every single iteration of the piece, he took listeners of a whistle-stop
tour of everything that made his sound so elusive, and his imitations of
firearms with his guitar have to be heard to be believed.
Off of the Live 1975-85 boxset, a close approximation of which can be found
Jungleland has always been a fan favourite live, but the performances
shortly after Born To Run's release were unequivocally it's peak. The late,
great Clarence Clemons' soloing in the middle is amongst the best ever
seen in rock saxophone, and the whole band, and the man himself, were
playing with a fire in their bellies that we haven't seen rekindled to such an
extent ever since.
Any performance from the Kind of Blue tour, let's say this one
Any of the performances from around this time were just on another level
completely; Coltrane's soloing was at it's best for that period of his career,
and Davis was the most into his music we'd see until Bitches Brew 11 years
Off of S&M, here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7D6G2FFJpCs
Easily Metallica's most underrated song and performance, the track is very
good studio but completely sublime here. Hetfield's voice was, probably
autotuning aside, at it's all-time best for this performance, and the
orchestral parts here are the best on S&M. Insanely good.
Slow Dancing In A Burning Room
Off of the 'Where The Light Is' DVD, here http://www.youtube.com/watch?
Haters gonna hate, but this is the best guitar soloing I saw in the last
decade. The performance of the main body of the song is sultry and perfect,
but the soloing at the end elevates it to the kind of insane heights that not
many people can reach with a guitar.
Off of the live album 'Salival,' sadly I can't find a YouTube clip of this
performance anywhere. The studio version of this song is already a top 50
song ever for me, but the live version absolutely blows it away. With the
tempo slowed down to a meditative crawl, the eventual buildup and
climactic outro carry all the more impact due to the relative paucity of actual
'song' that came before them. Absolutely stunning.
Like A Rolling Stone
The now-infamous 'Judas' performance of 1966, here
This performance is deservedly famous due to it's legendary impromptu
intro, seeing Dylan giving every hater of his sound at the time the best
middle finger that's ever been given in rock. The performance itself is
brilliant, and sounds a lot warmer than even the album version.
Glastonbury 2003, here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u617Tj_hyPA
The song is amazing in whichever style it's delivered, but here they go for a
recreation of the album sound, and the result is mesmerizing. This just
edges out Idioteque off of 'I Might Be Wrong' for me, as this is more
hypnotic and at the end it is, quite frankly, batshit insane.
|1||Dave Matthews Band|
Warehouse 5 Volume 2's performance, which can be found here
Absolutely the best few minutes of music I've ever heard, this song is
always amazing live, but this version in particular just explodes in the
instrumental section, with Dave's wailing merging with the music
culminating in a practically spiritual experience. Unbeatable.
|My flame shield is firmly raised, but I stand by these choices. |
|I hope 4 tours around my city sometime soon. |
|lmao Dave Matthews is god awful. and where is pink floyd? list fails |
|I'm ready for loads of 'lolDMB' responses from people who have been bombarded by Crash Into Me and are too prejudiced against them to check out the performance I've singled out. And Pink Floyd are where they belong on this list. And @FearThyEvil9, I will go insane if they don't come to lolBritain very soon. |
|Go against the grain, the poop that left a stain.|
|Deep purple - Live in Japan|
The Who - Live at Leeds
Jethro Tull - Bursting Out
Genesis - Seconds Out
old school yes thank you
|*made in japan|
|I can see the argument for Made In Japan and definitely Live At Leeds, although neither would quite make my top 10. As for the other two, different strokes I guess|
|These would not be my top ten but they are fully respectable . No flame shield needed here sir.|
|The Who - Leeds|
|lol what in the world|
|Judy Garland - Live at Carnegie Hall |
|lol DMB is soooo bad|
|You can't be ironic about a sentiment which you actually hold. |
|Led Zep was a beast of a live performer|
|Too many to choose. 4 is excellent.|
|Sam Cooke - Live at Harlem Square Club in New York 1963|
Ozzy Osbourne Tribute
No Sleep 'til Hammersmith
|I was actually there for 4. It was at Red Rocks in '98. There are pics from the show in the 'Salival' booklet.|
|That must have been crazy, it's one of the most emotional and crazy experiences I have with music and that's just listening to the recording. To actually have been there must really have been 'something else,' it's Tool's best performance imo. |
|That must have been crazy, it's one of the most emotional and crazy experiences I have with music and that's just listening to the recording. To actually have been there must really have been 'something else,' it's Tool's best performance imo.
It was a great show. Much better than the last time I saw them, because, you know, the band actually seemed into it and looked like they were enjoying themselves. Plus Red Rocks is superior in every way to Fiddler's Green.|