Tom Gellatly

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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.
10Guns N' Roses
Welcome To The Jungle

From the Ritz in 1988, here v=g_enNmzWn6Y 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.
9Jimi Hendrix
Machine Gun 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.
8Bruce Springsteen

Off of the Live 1975-85 boxset, a close approximation of which can be found here 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.
7Miles Davis
So What

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 later. Awe-inspiring.
Outlaw Torn

Off of S&M, here 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.
5John Mayer
Slow Dancing In A Burning Room

Off of the 'Where The Light Is' DVD, here v=32GZ3suxRn4 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.
3Bob Dylan
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.
There There

Glastonbury 2003, here 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.
1Dave Matthews Band
Seek Up

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.
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