Top 10 Bands with the Best Live Performancesrichie4life
The Top Ten
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.
If you never saw Queen with Freddie Mercury live on stage then you honestly missed out on "One of life's gifts".
I've been honored to see other great bands like the Rolling Stones, The Eagles, U2, Aerosmith, and many others. But Queen really is the Champions!
They are great with live performances because they are eccentric and talented. Every performance feels carefully planned. And their live aid performance-goals!
Queen with Adam Lambert is fantastic!V 80 Comments
Bruce's voice is still good. - Userguy44
There's Maiden and there's everything else
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.
They should be number 1 as they are going for more than 40 years now and still filling stadiums around the globe with a dazzling live performance. Queen was great, no doubt but that stopped in 1992.V 20 Comments
They varied in live quality. Pre-2008 they were consistently great. 2014 was a low point.
Examples of Chester at his best:
Live in Texas (2003)
Live in Berlin (2012)
iTunes 2011 London (Rolling in the Deep cover)
Live in Red Square 2011 - Yoshinaruto
No one can match them... when it comes to live performances...
Linkin Park sucks. I saw them live - one of the worst shows I've ever been to.
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.V 54 Comments
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
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
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.
If you think Pink Floyd is a bad band you have not seen pulse or herd of Dark side of the moon plus they out did them selves on pulse live IT was amazing!V 12 Comments
I've listened to a lot of rock music and watched a lot of live rock performance videos from many bands, but trust me, The Who are something else! Watch any of their live performances, especially the ones from 1969 - 1973, when Keith Moon was still healthy and they were all at the height of their powers! I highly recommend you to check out Live At Woodstock, The London Coliseum, Live At Leeds, Live At Hull, Tanglewood, The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970, The Young Vic, The Philadelphia Spectrum and many others! They just kicked ass and owned the stage at every show!
The Who created it all. Best live band, rock god singer, windmill, mic twirl, best bassist all time, best drummer all time, best songwriter all time, smashing equipment, destroying hotels, groupies...they started it all... I think queen is great but The Who is better and enough said. Concert for New York is on par if not better than Queen live aid.
From the Railway Hotel to Monterey Pop, the Fillmore East, Woodstock, Leeds, the Isle of Wight, Glastonbury, Hyde Park, and so many more, The Who have reigned across the decades as the greatest live rock act on the planet. Their set at The Concert for New York City in 2001 is the single greatest live rock performance of all time.
So livelyV 22 Comments
Gonna see them tomorrow!
Edit: it was the best show I have ever seen! - Userguy44
No way number one... there is NO WAY THEY CAN OUT PLAY THE RIGHTFUL NUMBER ONES... Queen- quality and style all the way...as if number one... plueaze
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 versionsV 19 Comments
All you have to do is go onto youtube and look up acdc live to see how monumental these guys are.
They're great for concerts! - LightningStrike
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!
The definition of how a rock n roll concert changed everything the world will some day know forever. God's a rock star and God loves rock stars!V 15 Comments
By far the best live band I have ever seen and I have seen a lot in the last 40 years.
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
Best current live band
I'm going to see them live next year!
Edit: it's within 3 weeks now.
Edit: Was a great show! - Userguy44
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!
I saw them in Dallas in the THINFS tour they did not disappoint they still sound great in 2018
Yeah, this is band with best live performance ever, but I think Jon is losing his voice :( - ToxyV 6 Comments
They let their fans play on stage, and listen to iHeart Radio Music Festival 2012
Green day sound just like they do in their records live - Legend1221
Best live band ever..
Awesome!V 41 Comments
They're not really good live - Userguy44
Axl's voice is even better live - master_carli
Watch the ritz 1988 then decide yourself
One of the best live band performer I wish for a reunion! - ronlunaV 10 Comments
I saw Metallica in 1996 when they were in their prime. I saw Rammstein in 2017 and 2018 in Chicago. No comparison, Rammstein blew the doors off Metallica. Hands down the best live concert of all time.
Rammstein best live stage show ever! I've seen em all. but Rammstein surpasses all other.
Oh god the stage anticsV 29 Comments
Should at least be top 5. I am a queen fan but I could not see the stones down in 13th
Saw the 2013 in Hyde Park and they were fantastic live.
If Beethoven were alive today he would be queuing in the rain for tickets to see The Rolling Stones. If seeing them is not on your bucket list you probably don’t have one.
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!
Very good live band. - Userguy44
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
U2 are simply a superior live act to most bands - even their biggest shows filled with their biggest songs do what other artists in this list cannot, and make fans feel like it's just them and the band. This is what live music should achieve.V 15 Comments
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
Just amazing.. Yes Metallica, Maiden, slayer and guys are awesome and the pioneers of this genre but a7x's shows are just as sick as theirs! Long live the kings!V 9 Comments
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.
Without a doubt the greatest performer in rock history.
No one else comes close.
He is the greatest songwriter ever.
He is an incredible guitarist, great on harmonica & more than holds his own on piano.
An amazing arranger, athletic performer leading the worlds greatest band.
A Springsteen concert is a religious experience.
Stones have become their own cover band & haven't made a great record since Some Girls (1978).
U2 comes in 2nd, but Springsteen is way out ahead.
Never heard of them - Userguy44
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
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.
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.
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!
They were incredible live, plant had such a stage presence, they could improvise off of eachother for upwards of 40 minutes, they worked off of eachother, and there was all in all just no band like them live. In their last concert in 2007, some might have thought that they'd have lost some of their flare over the years but they really didn't. They were, are, and always will be incredible.V 8 Comments
Planning to see them again in a few weeks in Minneapolis (March 28, 2019). First saw them back in 2000 and can't wait to see them again, LIVE!
How are these legends not first?
Always flawless live performances.
The best live band of 70s!
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.V 2 Comments
I went to their concert a few days ago (18/6/19). They were straight up epic.
What? Number 22? Are you kidding.. Judas must be TOP 10..
Amazing band! Rob Halford all the way!
The Killers are simply one of the best bands I've ever heard and seen
Unbelievable show. No one puts more heart into a show than the best band in the world, The Killers.
I watched them two years ago at the O2 arena and they are just flawless although perhaps not the most lively the lyrics and music just brings out chills in me... Obviously Still go crazy for songs like MR BRIGHTSIDE...FOR REASONS UNKNOWN. And ALL THESE THINGS I HAVE DONE... Supprised low on the list but true ly worth everyone going to see
2 Green day
3 The killers
still an awesome band
Went to see them in the early, very early 80s, not so good live. Saw again twice 2013, 2015, awesome! I guess with age.
A band that has been together for 40+ years. Simply the best individual musicians molded together to construct simply the best band. Absolutely terrific band that are respected by many other musicians in the biz! Often played for 3 hours without another band to start them off! Talk to anyone who knows anything about music and they will tell you that Neil Peart is the best drummer, Geddy Lee is one of the best bassist in the history of the instrument and tell me anyone else that can play guitar to any Rush songs, never mind all of the Rush songs. YYZ, La Villa Strangiato, Xanadu comes to mind specifically! This band was never appreciated or respected by many so-called music experts but Rush shamed all of those experts! Then they gained almost all of those experts as fans!
Evening with Shows for the last 20 years... Rabid Fans... Consistency... Credibility...Unique sound... Musical Virtuosity... Respected by all in the music industry...and somehow got cooler as the years progressed. The Holy Triumvirate!
Three of the worlds greatest musicians playing for 3 hours, along with incredible visuals which creates a vibe only possible via extreme excitement pulsing thru an audience of 99% fellow-fanatics. Intense.V 14 Comments
Number 1. Without the Beatles, none of above would ever have happened. Performance is not simply laser show and how high your front man can leap or howl -- it's really about the music. In their pre-stadium shows, Beatles were note-perfect. There has been no musician more committed, more passionate about the music itself than John Lennon.
The best band ever
Paramore put on a great show. The whole band is energetic, jumping around and what not. Hayley's singing sounds the same as it does on the records and that way that they invite a fan onto the stage to sing 'Misery Business' is incredible.
Paramore for the WIN!
This band is so good!
I'm not sure if I like their live performances more or them in the studioV 2 Comments
Greatest live band of all time with Queen and Iron Maiden... - filuxx_
Greatest live band of all time
I guess the voters weren't born yet when Ronnie strutted on stage. He could keep up with the best of the frontmen.
Deserve top 3? Haha in your dreams
Amy Lee sounds exactly like she does in the studio.
Just Listen To The Angelic Voice Of Amy Lee
Evanescense not in TOP 10? Please watch a video, yes just a video of Evanescense and Amy Lee and then come back and vote again, Amy's voice by itself worth a top 3
They set the standard for live shows. It is as much about the spectacle as the music, and as for entertainment this tops it.
Seen them all. Kiss is by far the best
Just like Alice Cooper, KISS is the best show on earth I mean pyro, lights, blood, costumes, smoke, skulls! I dare you to find another band that can mix all with fun rock anthems and put it into an entire performanceV 13 Comments
Brilliant band! The godfathers of metal!
"In the Round" is really really really really really really really awesome!
(In the Round is where the Band performs to an audience that surround them instead of just being in front the audience.
Saw them at Mayhem 2012, which was their first tour after Paul Grey died, and it was a very emotional performance in which they poured every ounce of energy, blood and sweat into one of the greatest sets ever performed.
Saw them at Rock on THE RANGE 2015 and just my god...they were absolutely phenomenal. Nobody could ever top them in my personal opinion.
Great band live, can't believe they score so low
I have seen Slipknot live three times; most recently in Des Moines, Iowa (the bands home town) in August of 2016. THEY WERE AMAZING. The entire band gave so much and with Corey Taylor who is such an amazing frontman at the helm Slipknot is such an unstoppable live band. They should be top ten 100%. If you do not believe me search "Slipknot live at Sonisphere 2011".V 4 Comments
Come on guys we all know that My Chemical Romance is a great band and a great live band... I just saw them live and they're great and playful to each of their songs... Gerard way loves to make the crowd so electric as well a Frank and Mikey... Ray is their stabilizer...
Loved the group and their songs too
Just saw them live. they are great!
One of the best bands to come out of Canada. Adam Gontier does a wicked job performing live as well as the rest of the band
I'm from Angola, I enjoy every type of music, from kuduro to Jazz... Let me tell you this: I wouldn't call coldplay music as "Rock, Pop, or something else"; coldplay music is a therapy! Their song is amazing and makes anybody feel great regardless state of mind. I love you, and if Chris Martin die one day, please take me with you. I'm a straight man and I would love to be your friend. You seem to me a very blessed human being, not only you but the others members too. God bless you!
Best concert I've ever been
Coldplay... why aren't they higher? They are easily the best performers, I mean, Queen is good etc. But Coldplay - so much better. To me, the just mean so much... the way they do everything is just perfect.
The best band to see live by far. I have seen queen and the when very good however the band by far are Coldplay. NOW THIS IS WAHT I CALL A LIVE BAND! No band can and will ever come close: for Coldplay I bleed my bones dry.V 10 Comments
Best show band ever
The crowd is always with em and Tommy Lee is a show beast and even James the rev sullivan said it was one of the best live shows he has ever seen.
Guns N' Roses favorite band but as far as live performances go can't believe motley isn't higher
Saw Mötley Crüe live last night. They were great. They had great sound quality and everything
I wasn't terribly excited for them at Rock on the Range in 2018 - lucky for them, they didn't perform on the same day as STP, Alice in Chains, Tool, or Greta Van Fleet. I was, however, very surprised by how well they played, the energy they ignited in the sold out crowd, and how even I was ready to jump into the pit when they broke out into Pantera's "Walk." They were the first act to draw crowdsurfers.
Pretty good live. But Dave can't sing really good live. - Userguy44
I saw them on the broken leg tour and it was amazing! They Gould be in the top ten so everyone vote for Foo Fighters
This description isn't needed, it's the foo fighters for gods sake! - TheDanSyndrome
This was my plan B since streetlight manifesto wasn't on hereV 1 Comment
If you truly appreciate great musicians, then the ABB is a must see.
Why did I have to scroll down so far to find the RHCPs? Every time they are on a stage, magic happens. You can't sit at their performance! You can feel the vibes in the air from outside the venue. People go crazy in a happy way. If it gets rough, they will and have literally stopped playing until the roughhousing stops. It's just an amazing feeling! It's a "natural high", like you just took an 8 ball to the dome, while getting a shotgun of herb blown in your face and takin a shot while getting a needle to the vein all at once, but not really because it just feels like it. Again, it's a natural high that can't be explained! I'm so bummed to see how far down this list they are.
How are they so far down this list. I was sure they would be in the top 15 (or even 10! ) These guys give you a show, ALWAYS! Whether its Flea &/or John &/or Josh, killing guitar riffs, or Anthony pouring his soul into his lyrics. Or even if they come out with nothing more than a sock on between their legs, or Anthony getting thousands of people to swing their shirts around their head's, or Flea...being Flea, in his whity tighties, playing so hard his fingers are profusely bleeding and sweating as if he has run a marathon. They have an energy that is contagious. And it's not junk one style of music. Rap fans, rock fans, lyrical fans, funk fans, blues fans...everyone likes some, if not all of their songs. Their songs are upbeat, happy,some bittersweet. I guess my point is that they should be higher because everyone likes at least some of their music. After I heard "Under the Bridge", I became a fan. I picked and chose other songs over the years. Then, "Califorinication" (& almost the ...more
This band should be a little higher probably at number 13 or so, just because Anthony Kiedis is usually not on point, but when he is, this band is so good. But boy this band is so energetic. They can keep the crowd rolling through the whole concert. The Chili Peppers always had the best intro james in between songs, and the beginning of concerts. Just watch the 2003 Slane Castle Concert and you will know what I am talking about. - connor2738
RHCP has recorded some of the greatest riffs. But they also have awesome intros when they play live. A good example is Californication live at slane castle
Nothing and no one can replicate Closer..
It's THAT difficult, AND the way they played it live? Oh my dog...
The bass tone, drums, Piano layer effects, Reznor's voice itself... and everything was without the usage of computer..*bows down* - Ananya
They invented the wall of sound.
The Dead were truly in a league of their own. I have also seen many bands on this list and they had great shows but what made the dead unique was every show was completely different. They could do blues, bluegrass, jazz and rock and improvise like no other band to this day has even come close. They were intense and many nights I swore they would blow the windows out of the place. Truly in a league of their own. Check out dead and company with john mayer now. John gets Jerry and the band is on fire
The greatest live band in history...from 1967-1983 that is. No one in the audience would ever know which song was coming next. They had a MASSIVE catalogue of songs from which to select from. Talented enough to change and practise improv. nightly. They were just a fun, cool band and had some of the greatest, nicest and most pleasant fans around. Even the parking lots had some seriously fun parties night after night!
This isn't even a question. Everyone knows this whether your a dead head or not. They were the best live band ever and didn't even qualify as concerts. These were life changing "events" each and every one of the 2300+ shows. They have performed for more people than any other band EVER.. not even close.V 3 Comments
Nothing beats the lights, the improv, the jazz, the solos. With his band, Dave is simply the best live performer in the World.
They are clearly the best band ever live. No other band can release live albums that sell millions then put them on a studio recording and sell more. The question is why are people so jealous of Dave Matthews popularity because he is for white males only. I forgot the band is mostly black, and he deserves the credit for driving his poetic message. 80 is a joke and he deserves better.
Not many bands can successfully deliver a different show every time. The Dave Matthews Band has successfully done this since their first show and continue to do it every time.
Dave Matthews Band is simply the best band ever to see liveV 1 Comment
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