Top Ten Concerts and Live Performances

The best rock, jazz, R&B, etc. performances in history, including TV shows, concerts, festivals and such.

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1Queen (Wembley Stadium 1986)

There will never be another frontman quite like Freddie Mercury! I saw Queen live in concert five times and my favorite has to be my first concert at the Erlanger Theater in Philadelphia in 1975. A then unknown band called Kansas opened for them. The Erlanger was a small and dated, but classic, venue that was torn down a few years later. That night, Queen was just amazing and we were close enough to almost be able to catch one of the roses that Freddie Mercury threw into the audience at the end of the evening as he stood breathing heavily into the microphone. I felt like he was looking directly at me- or maybe it was my brother who was standing next to me, but no matter. The girl in front of me caught the rose, but I felt like he was throwing it to me. I was 14-years-old and it was my first concert--and an evening I will never forget. Thanks Freddie, Brian, Roger and John!

There are no words that can truly give justice to Queen's performance. They were all AMAZING. Freddy could move the crowd anyway he wanted to and even as I watch this concert today I can't help to sing and dance and clap or anything... They were and still are a kind of magic

Wembley is one of the best concerts ever, but not the best concert of Queen: Live Aid, Rock in Rio and their concerts between 1979 and 1981 are even better! At Wembley the sound wasn't perfect, and Freddy suffered from a soar throat, because of two performances in a row (and probably the first symptoms of HIV/Aids). Queen played also for 300 000 people, two nights in a row at the Rock in Rio festival. And don't forget Live Aid: they outperformed every other artist in front of an audience of 1 billion! Last mentioned concert has been elected the best concert ever.

Best live concert EVER! No one else can do it like Queen! :-)

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2X Japan - The Last Live (Tokyo DĂ´me - 1997.12.31)

The melody is so beautiful the instrument the guitars the drums the piano are also great. The performance are awesome. But it brings a sad moment because the bands are going to disband.

Amazing, its them at there best E.G the solos and the vocals. And it's so sad as well as its the last time Hide are together and the band as they were and should be now. - TD17

X Japan is Great!
X Japan is the God of Japanese Rock!

The Last Live is one of the most incredible concerts I've ever seen. Not only was the band in top form for what was to be their final concert with original lead guitarist, hide, prior to his tragic death, it also featured some of the most breathtaking examples of fan participation. There was literally an 8-minute stretch where the crowd sang the chorus of an X Japan song, without instrumental backing or the band even being on stage.

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3Michael Jackson (Bucharest Live Tour 1992)

Michael Jackson Bucharest Live Tour is the best concert I have ever seen in my life (have the DVD) I have been to many, many concerts and this is the best. I watch the DVD over and over again. Every time I watch it I see something I missed in an earlier viewing. Michael is the greatest entertainer we have ever had, a gift from heaven unappreciated. RIP Michael You are forever in our hearts. I love you Michael. You are my daytime, my nighttime, my world. See you on the other side I hope. Simmering & Sizzling! - jetfan9911

This is the best concert I ever seen in my life even it's only from DVD, gosh I cannot move from my chair watching him, I don't want to miss any of that bit. He is incredible singer, performer, choreographer named it!. Even my two year old girl love watching this concert of Michael Jackson, we watch it together many many many times now ^^ we keep on watching it. We love you Michael and we missed you so much. Thank you for your music. No one can compare to Michael Jackson.

Michal Jackson is a legend, up to him I don't know any musician, singer, dancer, performer,
entertainer and showman.
That is why I voted for MJ.
Also in worldwide, ''Bucharest live tour in 1992'' concert videos would became the most selling, watching and know document in the world. - alliah

Should be best mah.

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4Heart (California Jam 2 1978)

Fisher, Fossen, Deroizer, Leese and the Wilson sisters. It just don't get any better than that. The best live act in the history of music, Rock on Ann & Nan.

Heart was the best band at one of the biggest concerts ever. Need I say any more.

Play all the heart. Song

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5Woodstock (Bethel, New York 1969)

1/2 a million people in one crowded area, with some of the most amazing artists of that era! Could we have 1/2 a million people together for three days now? NO, everyone would get ticked off and kill each other! At Woodstock, there were no deaths and 2 births. More people left than arrived! Plus, Jimi Hendrix, the Who, Janis Joplin, Grateful Dead, all of these bands changed music! How is this not better than X Japan? - gibsonrock53

The history of music should be counted before woodstock and after woodstock. Three days that changed the world.

Are you kidding? I wasn't there, but didn't have to be to know THIS was the greatest rock n roll event ever!

Way to low most famous concert ever its got jimi hendricks and the who... That is awesome

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615th L'Anniversary (L'Arc~en~Ciel - Tokyo Dome Nov 25-26th 2006)

A moment of glory... after nearly two years without any real concert, these guys gave all of themselves to show us what a real performance is... all that because of their 15th anniversary. Amazing... pure magic.

The production of this Live is of such quality that everything is just perfect, from the performance, lightning, sound, wardrobe to the feeling of the Concert.

the best concert of theirs and they prove that they are strong and great. they played their epic songs here esp the rare ones I'm in pain and bye bye - ronluna

Hyde have great perform right here

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7Bon Jovi (Wembley 1995)

Wow 3 nights straight you gotta hand it to these guys their awesome. And they don't give up easily don't you think

3 night show and about 50 Songs played. The DVD of this concert is amazing - richie4life

Must've been awesome! - bobbythebrony

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8Deep Purple (Made In Japan 1972)

, Child In Time, if that doesn't make you shiver with emotion, you ain't got no business voting for music. One of THE best performances ever.

Space truckinÂ' is beyond and above any comparition

9Linkin Park (Live in Milton Keynes, UK 2008)

This is the best live performance I have ever seen. Chester Bennington is just amazing and the only person I know that sings better live than in studio. If you don't like Linkin Park then go to hell. - lukestheman4

Linkin Park are the greatest performers of all time. To see their concerts is once in a life time opportunity...!

Breaking The Habit is the best from this concert. When this song ends and Chester finishes the song... He have style like the others from the band.

It is best band in the word... Some of their songs are remarkable... Seeing them is a huge opportunity...

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10Metallica (Seattle 1989)

Everything is perfect in this concert..
Drum sound, guitar, and hetfield's beastly fantastic voice!
Includes a fantastic set list, with legendary performances, like when they tear down lady Justice at the end of "... And Justice For All", always sends shivers down my spine.

Greatest Concert Ever.

The prime of Metallica playing one of the greatest concerts! Should be up there with Woodstock! - gibsonrock53

This is just Metallica at it's best... how could you NOT like this? I mean, the crowd was wild...

Wish I could go back in time to see this.

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The Newcomers

?Avril Lavigne (Bonez Tour, Budokan 2005)

Amazing concert. Flawless voice. Best band behind a singer ever

?AC/DC, Pantera, Metallica, The Black Crowes (Monsters of Rock, Moscow 1991)

1 and a half million people turned up to this concert, and it still sits low on the list?

The Contenders

11Led Zeppelin (Madison Square Garden 1973)

How is this not in the top ten! One of the best proformances of one of the best live bands ever! Just look up "Stairway" from this show on YouTube. Plant is on and Page wrecks it for 2:40 during the solo... With his eyes closed!

The band at their prime. All the best material is shown in this powerhouse performance
Metallica at seattle is still one of my very favorite concerts

The song remains the same. This one of the best live performances of all time, second only to The Who Live at Leeds

Biggest, Baddest and best band ever. They set the mark for all else to try and attain. There is only one...Led Zeppelin

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12The Monterey International Pop Festival (Monterey, Calif. 1967)

The Monterey International Pop Festival, the first rock festival ever held in 1967 two years before Woodstock. Playing at Monterey were The Mamas & the Papas (they also helped organize it), Simon and Garfunkel, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, The Association, The Animals, Canned Heat, Otis Redding, Country Joe and the Fish, Jefferson Airplane, The Byrds, Buffalo Springfield, and many more. Cool, huh? - Blue_Devereaux

13Led Zeppelin (Royal Albert Hall 1970)

Best live band ever no comparison should be no. 1

Raw frills, just pure innovation and rock!

The greatest band ever. By far

14August Jam (Charlotte Motor Speedway 1974)

Would love so much to see photos of that concert. I was there. I scaled the wall to the press box building to the roof. There was a roof hatch door. We opened it (broke in). We got chairs to place on the roof. I had a leather reclining lazy boy lounger sitting on a press table on the roof of that building. Yes, it did fit through the hatch. I most certainly had the best, most comfortable seat among 250,000 people. Just by luck and a nimble wall climb. I was high as a kite! The only one higher than me (in altitude) were the guys flying the helicopter.

Awesome this hit the top 10. I was 18 and drove from Kingsport, TN with my boyfriend (future 1st husband). I can see all the cars, even now, parked in the grassy median of the highway. It took us awhile to walk to the speedway, but right before we got there people had crashed the gate and we got in free! I remember people in the ticket booths in the bleacher stands selling Mr. Natural. Laugh out loud We went down on the speedway floor and on occasion would walk up to the stage. Remember Emerson, Lake and Palmer and the rotating piano? What a great time. Haven't seen or been to another weekend concert like that since. Better not share everything else we did! It was the 70s, after all.

I was 16 and I hitch hiked from Montgomery Alabama. Most amazing music event of my life. We camped dead center of the quad speakers. What an experience!

Best ever allman bros, foghat

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15Nirvana (MTV Unplugged 1993)

The best thing about this is that it's considered one of the best live performances of all time, and they didn't even play Teen Spirit. That's saying something about Nirvana...

Greatest Unplugged Concert Ever. - FettiMC

Why isn't this in the top 10. Just explain me why.

The most legendary concert ever

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16Iron Maiden (Rock in Rio 2001)

Now THIS is what I call a live show. A great live album to go with Brave New World. - IronSabbathPriest

I wish I could've been there - bobbythebrony

Deserves to be at the top... #1

17Regine Velasquez - R2K the Concert (Manila, Philippines 2000)

the concert marks the first opening salvo for 2000.. and she nailed it! she is one of the greates artist the world has ever produced.. her voice is so powerful the whole country was poured by rains and thunderstorms but she still fill-up the massive Araneta Coliseum for two-nights in high-octane perfomance and glamour! the REAL QUEEN OF ASIAN DIVAS!

This is the most epic Filipino local concert to date, filling the Big Dome (Araneta Coliseum) for 2 Consecutive Nights. This is the concert that set the bar high for other Pinoy concert artists. The concert that brought out the best of every Pinoy. The concert that defined REGINE VELASQUEZ as an epic concert director and a supreme DIVA that no other Asian singer can reach. She didn't only soar high physically, but also vocally. Regine Velasquez!

Hailed by Wikipedia as the best concert by an asian artist after 25 years. - reigne27

yes thats true... the only SONG BIRD - audrey

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18Freddie Mercury Tribute Concert (1992)

Hands down the greatest energy and enthusiasm from the audience and the artists involved. A fitting tribute that is unmatched to date. An emotional, yet conclusive gig demonstrating that Freddie was not only one of the most loved and respected musicians for that time, but also had such a powerful voice that none of his peers alike could even remotely compete with.

19Lollapalooza I (1991)

Living Colour, The Rollins Band, Butthole Surfers, Nine Inch Nails, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Jane's Addiction. Finally a redefinition of what music could and should be.

20Pink Floyd (PULSE 1995)

I can't take this list nor this website very seriously if the Pink Floyd PULSE concert isn't at or near the top. Come on? 36?

Here is to never returning to this failed website!

You missed the mark on this one. Should have been way higher. The performance was flawless, the sound excellent and the film/lights & laser show was really unbelievable, even by today's standards. David Gilmour's guitar solo on Comfortably Numb is still considered one of the greatest solos in rock history.

Music that will live on as long as Beethoven, performed by the best live musicians of the genre, with a stage show that trumps everything. I was fortunate enough to see the show on tour in Oslo, and got the terrific add-on of "Marooned". I have been to a lot of concerts and live shows, indoors and out. Nothing has been in the same league as this. As others have commented, this belongs in the top three.

Just watch the video of the concert and you would regret to the end of the life that you wasn't there

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Top Remixes (11)

1. The Monterey International Pop Festival (Monterey, Calif. 1967)
2. Woodstock (Bethel, New York 1969)
3. Lollapalooza I (1991)
1. Jackie Evancho ("Dream With Me In Concert" TV Special; Ringling Museum, 2011)
2. Woodstock (Bethel, New York 1969)
3. The Monterey International Pop Festival (Monterey, Calif. 1967)
1. X Japan - The Last Live (Tokyo DĂ´me - 1997.12.31)
2. 15th L'Anniversary (L'Arc~en~Ciel - Tokyo Dome Nov 25-26th 2006)
3. L'Arc~en~Ciel (AsiaLive 2005)

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