It’s summer and the music is seemingly everywhere. There is very little that is better than a summer music festival or even a local band playing in the park. In honor of the summer concert season, I put together a list of epic live performances for today’s #TheFridayDozen.
I’ve been to a lot of great performances in my life: James Taylor at the Greek, U2 at the San Francisco Cow Palace, the Police at the Oakland Coliseum, Joe Jackson in a huge blimp hangar in Ithaca New York, U2 in Vienna – I could go on. There is something exhilarating about live performances. You’re sharing the moment with thousands of your best friends; the band is making you believe that this night is special (even though you know, as Jackson Browne tells us that when we wake up the next day they’ll be “scheduled to appear/a thousand miles away from here”).
So, this list is homage to the great performances I’ve seen (my first concert ever was John Denver at the Greek Theater in Berkeley in the late 70’s – what was that smell?) and those I’ve wanted to see (Stones, Floyd, and Springsteen are still on my bucket list). Whether they set the standard for live, in your face rock, or were completely different than anything that had gone on before, they deserve a place in this list.
One of the best things about this list was being able to ask people about their favorite shows ever. What’s the best concert you’ve ever been to? (Day on the Green with the Police) What’s your favorite live album? (Mumford & Sons Live at Red Rocks) Who are you dying to see? (already answered that one). Shoot us a line and let us know.
And as always, feel free to follow us on Spotify to see what we are listening to around the office.
Image: by Bertrand from Paris, France [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons