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  1. #1
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    Greatest Live Performance Of a Rock Song

    What is, in your humble opinion, the greatest live performance of a rock song? For mine, I give you Queen.
    Somebody To Love, Montreal, 1981.
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aA2IRoPFIn0

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    Magic Bus-The Who from Live at Leeds
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

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    Jungleland - Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band, September 20, 1978

    https://youtu.be/DIFpapdaMvw

    I'm probably being petty in another thread.

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    This is a great thread without a correct answer, so let's throw out a lot of nominees...with YouTube links...please!!!

    Robert Johnson sold his soul at the crossroads and, a result, became a blues genius. When he passed in 1938, the blues soul wandered for a few years until it was inserted in the body of James Marshall Hendrix who took that energy into an expanded direction. When he passed in 1970, a prodigy was already blooming in Texas but that soul jumped into his body and he took the lessons of his fore-bearers and paid homage to Jimi with this rendition of one of his great songs in 1983 at the El Mocombo club in Toronto. Oh, to have been there...

    Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - "Voodoo Cild (Slight Return) - Live at the El Mocombo - July 20, 1983
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoB_YBXXEOU

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    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    Magic Bus-The Who from Live at Leeds
    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Dat View Post
    This is a great thread without a correct answer, so let's throw out a lot of nominees...with YouTube links...please!!!

    Robert Johnson sold his soul at the crossroads and, a result, became a blues genius. When he passed in 1938, the blues soul wandered for a few years until it was inserted in the body of James Marshall Hendrix who took that energy into an expanded direction. When he passed in 1970, a prodigy was already blooming in Texas but that soul jumped into his body and he took the lessons of his fore-bearers and paid homage to Jimi with this rendition of one of his great songs in 1983 at the El Mocombo club in Toronto. Oh, to have been there...

    Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - "Voodoo Cild (Slight Return) - Live at the El Mocombo - July 20, 1983
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoB_YBXXEOU
    Deal



    And, in keeping with DBR tradition, it's 7 minutes and 36 seconds in duration but still deserves to be "in the rotation."
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

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    Barbara Streisand "Memories" Carnegie Hall, 2004 I think.
    Last edited by CameronBlue; 03-11-2019 at 11:05 AM. Reason: "Daydream Believer", Monkees Reunion Tour, 1981 maybe, DES Nose Dome, close second.

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    I know I have started out here with guitar shredding, but there are too many people who don't understand that Prince is one of the greatest guitar players of all time.

    2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions - "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - an all star cast including Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Steve Winwood, but Prince steps onto the stage to take the solo at 3:28 and completely burns the stage to the ground. To this day, no one knows if his guitar ever came down after he threw it in the air:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

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    Great thread. I know there are others on here who are much more knowledgable about the Grateful Dead than I am, but I have always loved the live version of Eyes of the World on Without a Net - Branford Marsalis is an incredible addition to an already great song.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gk7odWtx1c8

    Also, it is not a rock song, and I actually don't love her cadence to it, but for pure meaning, I have to mention Whitney Houston's national anthem at the 1991 Super Bowl.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N_lCmBvYMRs

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    Unfortunately, there is no recording, but I witnessed one of the most incredible jam sessions years ago at one of the first Jimmy V weekends. I won tickets to a concert with Hootie and the Blowfish, Mike Mills from REM, Edwin McCain, Doug Jones from Cravin Melon (he's a real jerk, BTW), and maybe another person or two. Near the end of the show, everyone was on stage, and some idle goofing off with the guitars ended up in a long jam of REM's Superman. A-MAZING!!! Too bad it was before cell phones could record. I know of no recording of it, and it is a damn shame.

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    Oh, that's air guitar. Joe Cocker, Woodstock.

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tfLyK2DVVUU
    Man, if your Mom made you wear that color when you were a baby, and you're still wearing it, it's time to grow up!

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    This *might* be better than Magic Bus:

    https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q...4ECE&FORM=VIRE

    I tried 2 different links for this but couldn't embed the video. Sorry.

    Showing some bias here.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

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    Great thread,

    Lou Reed - Rock and Roll Animal. 1973, not sure where it was from.


    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZSLid-0cUcI

  13. #13
    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Dat View Post
    I know I have started out here with guitar shredding, but there are too many people who don't understand that Prince is one of the greatest guitar players of all time.

    2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions - "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - an all star cast including Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Steve Winwood, but Prince steps onto the stage to take the solo at 3:28 and completely burns the stage to the ground. To this day, no one knows if his guitar ever came down after he threw it in the air:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y
    I'm pretty sure I watch this at least once a month.

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    I have always liked the version of Iris by the Goo Goo Dolls that did in their home town of Buffalo for a 2004 fourth of July concert.

    That's what I call atmosphere.

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    Quote Originally Posted by aimo View Post
    Unfortunately, there is no recording, but I witnessed one of the most incredible jam sessions years ago at one of the first Jimmy V weekends. I won tickets to a concert with Hootie and the Blowfish, Mike Mills from REM, Edwin McCain, Doug Jones from Cravin Melon (he's a real jerk, BTW), and maybe another person or two. Near the end of the show, everyone was on stage, and some idle goofing off with the guitars ended up in a long jam of REM's Superman. A-MAZING!!! Too bad it was before cell phones could record. I know of no recording of it, and it is a damn shame.
    Man that's one hell of a lineup. Absolutely jealous. Darius is a real down to earth guy.he went to Middleton high in west Ashley in Charleston. Seemed like a real cool dude.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wavedukefan70s View Post
    Man that's one hell of a lineup. Absolutely jealous. Darius is a real down to earth guy.he went to Middleton high in west Ashley in Charleston. Seemed like a real cool dude.
    Well, he was drunk off his butt that night and also a real jerk. I doubt he remembers much about that concert. I also won backstage passes and got to talk to most of them. Dean and Sony of the Blowfish were really nice, as was Edwin McCain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by devildeac View Post
    Magic Bus-The Who from Live at Leeds
    The version of Young Man Blues on that album is absurdly strong.

    Crank it. Seriously.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldPhiKap View Post
    The version of Young Man Blues on that album is absurdly strong.

    Crank it. Seriously.
    Oh, I have. On (likely too) many occasions.
    [redacted] them and the horses they rode in on.

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    Great list.

    This one has to be up there somewhere...

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p1tMZ50s2Oo

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    Quote Originally Posted by Billy Dat View Post
    I know I have started out here with guitar shredding, but there are too many people who don't understand that Prince is one of the greatest guitar players of all time.

    2004 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductions - "While My Guitar Gently Weeps" - an all star cast including Jeff Lynne, Tom Petty and Steve Winwood, but Prince steps onto the stage to take the solo at 3:28 and completely burns the stage to the ground. To this day, no one knows if his guitar ever came down after he threw it in the air:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6SFNW5F8K9Y

    Amen, amen, amen.
    Last edited by weezie; 03-11-2019 at 03:14 PM.
    Nothing incites bodily violence quicker than a Duke fan turning in your direction and saying 'scoreboard.'

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