My 6 Favorite Live 70’s Bands Performances On Youtube

Friday, November 23, 2012

Live music is how I judge bands. It’s easy to perfect a song to an optimal sound in the studio. It's how the song is performed that gives it life. I am not necessarily wanting a live version to sound just like the studio version, I want a live version to move me.

This is why I go to concerts. To see a band stretch out and give those songs I love so much some added ooomph. To be reminded what and why a song is great and by extension, why I love the music so much.

To that end, here are six songs by some 70's stalwarts at the height of their live powers. Some are pretty famous, some a little more rare.

  1. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Thunder Road - Capitol Theatre, Passaic NJ, 9/19/1978: I could make a whole list of live performances of the Boss and The E Street Band. They put on a rock n roll show of epic perhaps even marathon proportions. Bruce famously shouted once, “Do you think this is a free ride? You wanna play, you gotta pay!” They put on a show and demand reciprocation from the audience. Not that anybody minds. 
  2. Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody/Radio Ga Ga - Wembley Stadium, London UK, 4/13/1985: Perhaps the greatest live performance in rock n roll history, definitely the greatest live performance of the 80’s, Freddie Mercury holds the audience in the palm of his hand. Queen shook the world on that day.
  3. Bob Marley & The Wailers - No Woman No Cry - Harvard Stadium, Boston MA 7/21/1979: A unique and unforgettable performance by Bob Marley. This jam is as powerful as they come with Wailers in fine concert with Mr. Marley.
  4. Led Zeppelin - Dazed And Confused - The Royal Albert Hall, Kensington Gore, Westminster, London, 1/9/1970: This whole concert pretty much introduced to much of the world and band that would rule the 70’s. They weren’t quite the biggest band in the world, but you can see it coming from this show.
  5. Peter Frampton - Do You Feel Like We Do - 1975: The album that made Frampton famous was ‘Frampton Comes Alive!”. The album spawned several hits, but this one was always my favorite.
  6. Cheap Trick - I Want You to Want Me - The Nippon Budokan, Tokyo Japan 4/28/1978: The second most famous live song in my crowd, I want You To Want Me was for many of us our first introduction to Cheap Trick

Videos After The Jump

Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - Thunder Road
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody/Radio Ga Ga
Bob Marley & The Wailers - No Woman No Cry
Led Zeppelin - Dazed And Confused
Peter Frampton - Do You Feel Like We Do
Cheap Trick - I Want You to Want Me


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