Bands With The Best Live Performances

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The Top Ten

1 Queen Queen Queen are an English rock band formed in 1970. Members were Freddie Mercury (Vocals and Piano), Brian May (Guitar, Vocals), Roger Taylor (Drums, Vocals), and John Deacon (Bass Guitar, Vocals). Before forming into Queen, Brian May and Roger Taylor had played together in a band named Smile. Freddie Mercury ...read more.

QUEEN = GREATEST BAND EVER
QUEEN = BEST LIVE BAND on the planet!
QUEEN = MOST PHENOMENAL of all bands of all time!
FREDDIE MERCURY = The heart and soul of QUEEN! Nobody, but NOBODY, could do a live show like FREDDIE! Greatest singer, best performer, most fantastic vocalist of all time, and Freddie is the mega star of entertaining! Even when he's playing the piano, he's more exciting than a hundred dancers on the stage.
Freddie makes other frontmen look like they're napping; he's that outrageously awesome! So exciting, so passionate, hypnotizing, mesmerizing, dynamic... Just the epitome of entertaining! The VERY BEST of the best.
QUEEN rocks!

Wow how could no one vote for Queen? First off, many of Freddie's vocal performances live were better than his recorded songs. Take Bohemian Rhapsody at Rock Montreal 1981. That was one of his best. Much better than muse, Linkin Park, or even bon jovi. Although I do like all those bands.

Not voting for queen should be a crime. Freddie mercury was by far the most entertaining stage performer of all time. He was talented, eccentric, and got the audience so pumped. You could tell he loved being in the spotlight.

Haha. If queen wasn't 1 then I would go to court and file a case against this list

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2 Iron Maiden Iron Maiden Iron Maiden are an English heavy metal band formed in Leyton, East London, in 1975 by bassist and primary songwriter Steve Harris. The most critically acclaimed period for the band was from 1983-1989. With vocalist Bruce Dickinson, bassist Steve Harris, lead guitarist Dave Murray, rhythm guitarist Adrian ...read more.

Without a doubt, the best Live performers out there. Always flawless, the crowd is always involved. Bruce's vocals reach new highs, the guitarists shred. Janick Gers is a fabulous showman, and their stage presence is unmatched. Very few bands sound as good live, and even fewer sound better. Iron Maiden surpasses both of these. Live, they are unmatched.

I don't think anybody who has seen Maiden live within the past ten years would disagree that they should at least be in the top three. Not only have their performance skills gotten better with age but somehow age doesn't seem to affect their high energy levels either. Even if heavy metal isn't your thing, I can't believe Iron Maiden isn't at least in the top ten.

Hell, I'm Surprised, I got the live version of Hallowed be thy name., I never knew it was live, but it was live. Fear of the dark, I've heard the studio version, it's good. Then I listened to the live version in Flight 666 album. 2 words to say MIND BLOWING. Muse is good too. That includes A7x, Queen, Guns n' Roses

I have seen queen... Maidens better live

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3 Metallica Metallica Metallica is an American Thrash Metal band formed in 1981 . The original lineup was James Hetfield (Vocalist and Rhythm guitarist), Dave Mustaine (Lead Guitar), Lars Ulrich (Drums), Ron McGovney (Bassist). The group came into mainstream from their Self-Titled album and the hit single "Enter Sandman". ...read more.

They work so well on stage, hardly make any mistakes and give the crowd plenty of voice, should be #1

Their live songs sound almost exactly like the album versions

Its true bon jovi and queen are brilliant during the live performances... But Linkin Park above Metallica impossible. Kirk hammett is awesome as usual and so are James Hetfields vocals... His variation is simply brilliant. The live songs like creeping death, for whom the bell tolls, ride the lightning are just too good!
Metallica rocks!

I have seen Maiden Manson Linkin Park Rammstein and many More live but Metallica is EPIC Hetfield is a Maschine live

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4 Linkin Park Linkin Park Linkin Park is an American rock band formed in Agoura Hills, California, in 1996. The members include Chester Bennington (vocals), Mike Shinoda (rapping vocals, pianist), Brad Delson (guitar), Dave "Phoenix" Farrell (bass), Joe Hahn (DJ) and Rob Bourdon (drums). Linkin Park are associated with a mixture ...read more.

They are the best live band cause they sound better live which isn't easy to do, Bon Jovi doesn't sound good live at all. - lukestheman4

You can not even compare Linkin Park to any of the other bands listed here. Sound produced by them is even better than the original. They attract a greater crowd, enthralling everyone of them. Simply the Gods of Live performances.

This is band is perfect live. They don't use all that computer bull crap like some of these new popular bands. They use their on vocals and their own creativity. I respect a band who is really good live and I give this band all my respect because of how good they are live and how good their music is.

no - KingofSnails42

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5 Pink Floyd Pink Floyd Pink Floyd were an English progressive rock band formed in London. They achieved international acclaim with their progressive and psychedelic music. The band consisted of 5 members - David Gilmour (Vocals and Guitar), Syd Barrett (Vocals and Guitarist), Nick Mason (Drums), Roger Waters (Vocals and Bass), ...read more.

It's ridiculous to see bands like 30 Seconds to Mars, Slipknot and Rise Against above the kings of live music in this poll. See for yourself people, buy P*U*L*S*E

What where is zeppelin. Bands like 30 seconds to mars and linkin park above zeppelin and Floyd. They both have sucked in some reunions but you people must have short term memories cause those 2 are the best live performers of all time

I've been to several hundred concerts and have seen Floyd 3 times and Rogers Waters twice and they just aren't a show; they're a theatrical production. Hands down all in my Top 10, with David Bowie, Zep, Queen, the Boss and, most recently, Muse. Flo and the Machine have also jumped into the Top 20. However, the show as a whole may provide a different list than the best performers or lead singer category.

Why on earth would Linkin Park be above Pink Floyd? Pink Floyd were the first to use all these fancy visual aids. - VaticanCameos

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6 AC/DC AC/DC AC/DC are a Australian hard rock band, formed in November 1973 by brothers Malcolm and Angus Young, who continued as members until Malcolm's illness and departure in 2014. They were fronted by Bon Scott until his untimely death due to alcohol poisoning in 1980, after which they hired Brian Johnson to ...read more.

AC/DC is the greatest hard rock band in the world no matter who is fronting it because they always put on a good show Bon was AMAZING, Brian is so iconic and beastly and Axl is doing an awesome job and there would be no AC/DC without Malcom and Angus writing legendary songs and Angus always giving it his best shout every single show! AC/DC forever!

Led zeppelin was a terrible live band overall because jimmy page often screwed it up. Angus young never does that, but he always puts up a good show, and they can really get the crowd going. There's nothing like AC/DC live!

How can AC/DC only be 26th? They're definitely one of the most entertaining bands live. Way better than Avenged Sevenfold.

AC/DC, The Rolling Stones, and U2 are the best live rock bands I have ever seen

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7 The Who The Who The Who is an English rock band formed in London, England in 1964 . The members are Roger Daltrey (lead singer), Pete Townshend (guitarist), John Entwistle (bassist), and Keith Moon (drums). They are best known for their live performances and hit songs Baba O'Riley, My Generation, and Won't Get Fooled ...read more.

See them 6 times! First time was at The Forum in 2004 and I was right at the front! Absolutely amazing experience. I've also seen them at the o2 twice - once on the Quadrophenia Tour2, twice at Wembley Arena and twice at Hyde Park of which the recent one in June 15 was the best of the bunch. I'd have loved to have seen them with Moon and Entwistle but even 'The Two' as they are now are outstanding performers and nobody plays guitar like Townshend! Phenomenal live band. Add to that Live at Leeds and Isle of Wight and you can hear they were clearly the greatest ensemble there has ever been!

If you could take the who's formation of there golden age (beginning of the 70's) and put them to play and chose any other band to play after them, they would literally kill themselves so scary they were of the idea of following that performance. And is not just me who agree with this idea. Several musicians in the top sad similar things as those I sad.

And even after 50 years of career they kick the ass of several modern bands

Don't agree with me? Listen Live at Leeds which is a portion of what The Who were and you will be stunnished in the end.

Forgive my bad English

Words cannot begin to describe my anger at the Who being ranked 33. They are, with little hesitation, the greatest live act ever. They have the greatest live album ever, Live at Leeds. Watching a live performance of the Who is indescribable. Linkin Park is number 1? OH MY GOD! Get real people!

The who are peerless

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8 Muse Muse Muse are an English alternative rock band from Teignmouth, Devon, formed in 1994. The members are Matt Bellamy (lead vocal, lead guitar, piano, keyboard), Dom Howard (drums, percussion) and Chris Wolstenholme (bass, backing vocals). They've won several awards including five MTV Awards, 8 NME Awards, ...read more.

Muse has really cool concerts. I just went to a muse concert last Tuesday (or Wednesday, I forgot I have a bad memory) and it was awesome. At the beginning, drones flew out (because their latest album is called drones) and there were lights everywhere and it was cool. Also, they had these cool sheet things hanging from the ceilings and they projected stuff onto them and it was cool. For example, when they played the handler, they projected a person with hands and strings, and the strings led to two of the people in muse that were standing. It was cool, it looked like the person was actually controlling the two people (if this doesn't make sense then you should look up a video of it on YouTube). They just kept doing that with the projections and lights and it was cool. Also, at the end, confetti was shot everywhere. In addition to putting on a great lights show, the band is excellent at singing and playing their instruments live. They sound just like they do on the album when they do ...more

Definitely, they beat every band on this planet in terms of music, live shows, showmanship etc. They are very scientific in approach; this makes them a very fun and interesting band to see. They are not popular here, in India, but they are getting recognised quite fast now. LINKIN PARK's shows are quite mediocre: it's just sound effects. No visuals or stuff. In fact, Muse even beat Queen and Radiohead with their live performances, at times, due to advanced tech. All in all deserve to sit at #1. No one is as badass as Chris Wolstenholme, funny and cheerful as Dominic and charismatic as Matt! Muse win, hands down!

Are you kidding me.. They are the best when it comes to live performance.. Their song sounds better when live. Matt is an amazing guitar player with great skills and great voice too. His style is the spotlight of muse live performances

Muse is simply the best live band

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9 Bon Jovi Bon Jovi Bon Jovi is a hard rock band formed in 1983, which had a streak of successful albums in the late 1980s. The band originally consisted of lead vocalist Jon Bon Jovi, guitarist Ritchie Sambora (left in 2013), bassist Alec John Such (left in 1994), keyboard David Bryan, and drummer Tico Torres. The band's ...read more.

Just the entertainment they throw in. I haven't seen a live performance as of yet but videos I have seen are amazing, December 2010 however. Bon Jovi in Melbourne and I'm there - StevoMuzz

What tell? The most best band performer of the time! Energy, very good songs, generous with fans, generous with all of the world! I love your music, your kind, your hearts! BON JOVI FOREVER! And I hope, early in France!

Yeah, this is band with best live performance ever, but I think Jon is losing his voice :( - Toxy

There's a reason Bon Jovi can still fill the stadiums more than 30 years after it debuted

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10 U2 U2 U2 are an Irish rock band from Dublin. Formed in 1976, the group consists of Bono, the Edge, Adam Clayton, and Larry Mullen Jr. U2's early sound was rooted in post-punk but eventually grew to incorporate influences from many genres of popular music. Throughout the group's musical pursuits, they have ...read more.

WHAT? U2 down here? Come on, rate U2, did you see their "one" performances, and "Where the streets have no name" live? The Edge is a great guitarist, and did you see Bono singing? They are awesome!

U2 is far better then #9, who still sells out there concerts, and not only in the US, but the whole world. I won't talk bad about the other bands because in their own right are great bands, and of course its all about personal opinion and taste, but what band these days can still put out good work, good songs and great concerts, only a hand full and "U2" is among a hand full... GOD BLESS U2 FOR EVER!... E Moreno

Literally puts on a show, the I&E your wasn't just a regular concert, but a story that was told with music that's lasted for over 30 years. Not only the best live act of all time but the biggest band in the world right now.

Best band, live show ever! It's an experience like no other!

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The Contenders

11 Rammstein Rammstein Rammstein is a German Neue Deutsche Härte and Industrial Metal band consisting of Till Lindemann (vocals), Richard Kruspe (guitar), Paul Landers (guitar), Oliver Riedel (electric bass), Christoph Schneider (drums) and Christian Lorenz (keyboard), that formed in 1994 in Berlin . ...read more.

Rammstein are the most incredible band I've seen live, they really deserve to be number 1! It's more of a performance than a gig, you just can't beat them live. Trust me, you won't get bored at a Rammstein show, even if you don't like Rammstein's music.

the flamethrowers, the fire, the people being set on fire, I saw them live a few months ago, and they were amazing

There are two types of people on this list. Those who vote for Rammstein, and those who have never seen Rammstein live

Just look at the live Performances of Engel and benzin and you'll know which band is best at doing great shows

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12 Guns N' Roses

One of the best live band performer I wish for a reunion! - ronluna

Axl's voice is even better live - master_carli

Watch the ritz 1988 then decide yourself

Watch Guns N' Roses 90s live and decide yourself, unstoppable and amazing

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13 The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones The Rolling Stones are an English rock band formed in London in 1962. The first settled line-up consisted of Brian Jones (guitar, harmonica), Ian Stewart (piano), Mick Jagger (lead vocals, harmonica), Keith Richards (guitar), Bill Wyman (bass) and Charlie Watts (drums). ...read more.

Saw the 2013 in Hyde Park and they were fantastic live.

Clearly just a lot of dumb young Punks voting if The Stones are not number one, which they clearly are! no one performs like them. U2's bad at Live Aid 85 is the next best thing!

14 Green Day Green Day Green Day are an American pop punk and alternative rock band formed in East Bay, California in 1987. The members include Billie Joe Armstrong (vocals and guitar), Mike Dirnt (bass), Tré Cool (drums) and Jason White (guitar) . Green Day are associated with punk rock, pop punk and alternative rock. Some ...read more.

Green Day has over 300 songs, and at the age of 41 has more energy then any of those bands in their prime! I have seen 30-40 bands, Green Day was the best by far! Green Day was probably in my bottom 10 favourites but after the concert, insistently became my favorite! Now I can't get enough of them! Nobody brings the intensity like Green Day, loud as hell, crazy energy, awesome crowd interaction, could hold a note as long as anyone, could scream with anyone, plays guitar behind his head, loyal fan base that also brings the energy! God for sure!

I've seen the top current top 2 bands on this list, but neither compare to Green Day. I was never a Green Day fan until seeing them live. While many bands have good music and good shows, no-one PERFORMS better. With the way they get the crowd going, they are undoubtedly the best PERFORMERS I've ever seen.

They pull fans up to stage to sing for the song Longview. Billie Joe does his weird-nudist dance for King For a Day. They give out their instruments or drumsticks. Their show is AWESOME! They keep shouting random things out and everything! I'd love to be in a concert right now...

I don't no y are they so low...they're sooo good in life... not saying the best but at least theyy should be in the. Top 10

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15 Bruce Springsteen Bruce Springsteen Bruce Frederick Joseph Springsteen (born September 23, 1949) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, and humanitarian. He is known for his work with the E Street Band. Nicknamed "The Boss", Springsteen is widely known for his brand of poetic lyrics, Americana, working class and sometimes political ...read more.

Bruce does not take his audience for granted. Every single night, he strives to make it 'that special show'. When you look at how long he has been doing this and with the kind of reputation he has created for himself, it would be easy for him to just take a few nights easy but the man, even at age 63, still gives it all, every single night. To his incredible energy add his brilliant songbook and an amazing band and you wont get a better show

Saw him at Wembley Stadium in 2013 and he is by far and away the greatest live performer I have ever seen and I've seen The Who (who are the second best), Paul Weller (3rd), Muse, Van Morrison, Green Day, Roger Waters performing Dark-side of the moon and many many more but that day at Wembley Stadium will always stand out as the greatest show. Top band, top songs, and a man at the top of his game with a set of 3+ hours including Darkness on the edge of town in it's entirety. Outstanding! Even my friend who doesn't really like him had to admit it was the best show he's ever seen.

Bruce Springsteen is the best performer of all time. How he is not in the top ten is beyond me. He is interactive with fans and can play songs off the top of his head even if they aren't even in the set list. One of his best attributes though is that he writes his own music. He doesn't have somebody in LA that writes it for him like most singers now a days. He is the most talented and best performer of all time.

The Rolling Stones have been doing it for 55 years.
I would die to see a Pink Floyd show, but their history was so turbulent and relatively short - impossible to see live without time travel.

Bruce and his E Street Band, meanwhile, have been playing for some 45 years (with some on-and-off periods, of course). I went to a Springsteen show. He was 66 at the time. THEY PLAYED FLAWLESSLY FOR THREE AND A HALF HOURS. Enough said.

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16 Faces

The loudest Rock band ever.

Ronnie Lane, Ian Mac Lagan, Kenney Jones, Ron Wood, Rod Stewart and Tetsu Yamamoto.
Their Live Performances were Legendary. - phr

17 Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold Avenged Sevenfold is an American alternative metal/metalcore (early) band, that was formed 1999 in California. Their longest lineup of members was M. Shadows (Vocals), Synyster Gates (Lead Guitar), Zacky Vengeance (Rhythm Guitar), Johnny Christ (Bass Guitar), and The Rev (Drums). ...read more.

Why are they only number 10!? Seriously!? They are amazing live, maybe even better than on their albums. They put on a good show and they sound awesome, simple as that. Don't believe me? Check out their concert live in the LBC. - patricemackinnon

Their show was the greatest thing I've ever seen in my life! The pyro was amazing and the quality of their music was just as good or even better than on their albums... A7X foREVer!

They put so much work into every performance with so many pyro effects

Way better live than the album. their performance is amazing

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18 Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin Led Zeppelin were an English rock band formed in London in 1968. The group consisted of Robert Plant (Vocal), Jimmy Page (Guitar), John Paul Jones (Bass, Keyboard) and John Bonham (Drums). The band's heavy, guitar-driven sound, rooted in blues and psychedelia on their early albums, has earned them recognition ...read more.

They extended 6-8 minute songs into a 40 minute jam session live that is epic other bands extend songs but nowhere near as thrilling as Led Zeppelin.

Epic band the violin bow the double neck EVERYTHING ITS TOO EPIC TO BEAR.

How the hell they are not first? Does no one here watched "The Song Remains The Same"?! That's the best live rock performance ever!

Led Zeppelin's Stairway to Heaven on "The Song Remains the Same" is legendary! I swear kids today don't know great music.

This band is a live band in a time before computers could help you cheat.

The song remains the same, how the west was won, legendary

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19 Judas Priest Judas Priest Judas Priest are a British heavy metal band formed in Birmingham, England, in 1969. The band has sold over 45 million albums to date. They received a lot of popularity due to their big hits Breaking The Law, You've Got Another Thing Comin', and Living after Midnight which were played on the radio a ...read more.

Amazing band! Rob Halford all the way!

What? Number 22? Are you kidding.. Judas must be TOP 10..

20 Deep Purple Deep Purple Deep Purple are an English rock band formed in Hertford in 1968. They are considered to be among the pioneers of heavy metal and modern hard rock, although their musical approach changed over the years. Originally formed as a progressive rock band, the band shifted to a heavier sound in 1970. Deep Purple, ...read more.

Way ahead of their time, I can remember watching Live at Granada 1970 and Blackmore was practically having a seizure on stage, playing in crazy new ways and the crowd didn't know how to react cause they've never seen anything like it.

No better live band in the world. On stage improvisations, Interactions with each other and the audience, trading solos here and there. Unmatched energy and chemistry.

When you can improvise 20, 30 and 40 minutes every night and sound new and fresh, get back to me. Deep purple are the best, there isn't even a debate.

At the height of their career, DP sold more albums and more concert tickets than every act on the planet, there were none better.

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