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.
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.
I saw the Live aid performance as it happened with my family, it took my breath away then and still does today.V 67 Comments
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
Bruce's voice is still good. - Userguy44V 20 Comments
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!
I'm going to see them next year. - Userguy44V 19 Comments
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.
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
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.
I was lucky to see one of their last concerts! - Userguy44V 51 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.
Best by far.V 12 Comments
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!
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.V 18 Comments
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.
They're great for concerts! - LightningStrikeV 14 Comments
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
Of course Muse is not everyone's favourite band. Musical taste is like colour, it's not arguable. But in terms of live concert, particularly of musical skills and emotion/passion involved, it's hard to beat them. Saw them 3 times and every times beat the last time. After more than 20 years of the same band members you still can feel the chemistry (almost growing after years) between them and that gives an epic concert! And Matt, Chris and Dom all respectively nail their instrument(s) like no other. Matt doesn't speak a lot in between songs but when they perform you really feel a connection between the crowd and the band. It's all what live musical performances is about. Easily top 5 for me (of course number one for me! )
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!
Unfortunately I'll never get the chance to see them :( - Userguy44V 44 Comments
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
I saw them in Dallas in the THINFS tour they did not disappoint they still sound great in 2018V 6 Comments
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.
Very good live band. - Userguy44V 15 Comments
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...
Should at least be in the top tenV 37 Comments
Saw the 2013 in Hyde Park and they were fantastic live.
Should at least be top 5. I am a queen fan but I could not see the stones down in 13th
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!
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.
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
They're not really good live - Userguy44V 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.
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.
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.
Rammstein live is the best live rock opera ever. The performance, the effects, the brilliant light show and the dynamics are second to none. You don't just watch a show you feel it. You could go to a show and not even like music and still be blown away. If you have seen them live other live bands just don't seem as exciting any more.
the flamethrowers, the fire, the people being set on fire, I saw them live a few months ago, and they were amazing
Top ten material. They're a very special live band. - Userguy44V 24 Comments
The loudest Rock band ever.
Never heard of them - Userguy44
Ronnie Lane, Ian Mac Lagan, Kenney Jones, Ron Wood, Rod Stewart and Tetsu Yamamoto.
Their Live Performances were Legendary. - phr
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 amazingV 9 Comments
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.
too lowV 8 Comments
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.
The bestV 2 Comments
Always flawless live performances.
How are these legends not first?
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.
Best ever. Avenge 7 who?V 13 Comments
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
Deserve top 3? Haha in your dreams
Just Listen To The Angelic Voice Of Amy Lee
Amy Lee sounds exactly like she does in the studio.
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
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!
The energy at the concert is amazingV 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.
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 performance
These Guys have the Greatest stageShow on the Planet They invented the Rock Show! Blood Spitting, Explosions, Levitating Drum Sets, Rising Stages simply The BEST
Saw them twice. My make-a-wish wish was to meet them. They did more than what we thought. Great people with a great stage presence, both on and off stage
Seen them all. Kiss is by far the bestV 12 Comments
Brilliant band! The godfathers of metal!
This is embarrasing, Aerosmith is the greatest live band ever, 41 years performing and they're doing it better than ever and they don't need lights and big shows like U2 and Kiss.
"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.
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
RHCP: I invite any rock music lover that is not very familiar with their music or live performances to watch their 2003 Slane Castle Concert. Only then you will understand why this band deserves to be at least in the top 10! Of all times!V 6 Comments
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
Just saw them live. they are great!
Loved the group and their songs too
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...
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've seen almost all of these bands live and Muse was my favorite act... until I saw Coldplay. I have never seen such an emotionally charged and passionate show... the lights, the band, and the crowd all singing together in unison brought me to tears. I wasn't SUPER into Coldplay at first but now that I've seen them live I am a lifelong fan. 10/10 best show ever, I would spend my life savings to follow them around on tour and die a happy man.
Chris Martin. Amazing performer to watch live. The band is phenomenal and the music is great. I came into this list expecting Coldplay to be the top 10, if not the top. Their style of performance is truly unique. They also interact with their audiences.
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 8 Comments
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
The Prince of Darkness should be WAY HIGHER (On the list not drugs)
He should be higher on the list
From bitimg bats heads off to mooning the crowd to playing ozzfest with a broken leg while detoxing. Ozzy would do anything for his fans and has also been around longer than anyone on this list evan led zepplin and queen and he's still going 1967-. Did anyone else do that? Plus hg can actually sing
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
Pretty good live. But Dave can't sing really good live. - Userguy44
This was my plan B since streetlight manifesto wasn't on hereV 1 Comment
One of the best bands to see LIVE..
They kills it with musical instruments! 🤘
If you truly appreciate great musicians, then the ABB is a must see.
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.
There's just no comparison. When thet were on it's a whole other level of music. None of the bands discussed here could ever do what they did.V 1 Comment
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