Top Ten Concerts and Live Performances

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The Top Ten

X Japan - The Last Live (Tokyo Dôme - 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.


X Japan is Great!
X Japan is the God of Japanese Rock!
[Newest]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.

2Queen (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.
[Newest]What the F--- is X Japan compared to Queen? Queen all way. Just look at Bohemian Rhapsody live!

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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!


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.


[Newest]This is one off Michael jacksons masterpieces I think this concert should be number one not only this one all his concerts should be number one
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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.
A show from MTV is ranked higher than Heart at Cal Jam 2. How can people compair the two. Heart played in front of 300'000 people and were perfect thru out there set. This is CRAZY.

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?


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

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


[Newest]This concert is so amazing... I always watching this concert and I am not boring to watching this concert... good luck for l-arc-en-ciel..

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


Best concert then ever! The greatest even of hard rock history! By Paola S.

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.

9Led Zeppelin (Royal Albert Hall 1970)
Best live band ever no comparison should be no. 1
The greatest band ever. By far

10Linkin 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.


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.
[Newest]Linkin Park you are best in the world. No body can touch him.

The Contenders

11Nirvana (MTV Unplugged 1993)
Why isn't this in the top 10. Just explain me why.

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?


13August 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!
[Newest]Best ever allman bros, foghat

14Metallica (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!


This is just Metallica at it's best... how could you NOT like this? I mean, the crowd was wild...
[Newest]Metallica in their peak higher than a satellite

15The Beatles (Ed Sullivan Show 1964)
I mean this one began the British Invasion, and also created and motivates and make international other bands become bigger in an international way such as the Animals, Rolling Stones, Searchers, and more. Also make the Beatles a known artist in the world, and I Want To Hold Your Hand became number one in the U.S.

16Lollapalooza 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.

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.


18The Rolling Stones (Hyde Park, 1969)
One of the best free concerts ever

19L'Arc~en~Ciel (AsiaLive 2005)

20The Rolling Stones (Altamont Speedway 1969)

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