1.) Woodstock. Probably the greatest concert event of all time. The Aquarian Exposition as it was originally billed, was held at a 600 acre dairy farm owned by Max Yasgur in the rural town of Bethel, New York from August 15 to August 18, 1969. Bethel,New York, (actually 40 plus miles southwest of Woodstock). Thirty-two of the best-known musical acts of the time appeared in front of nearly half a million concert goers. The performers at Woodstock were of very diverse styles;
Richie Havens - Tim Hardin - Melanie - Arlo Guthrie - Joan Baez - John Sebastian - Country Joe Mcdonald - Santana - Canned Heat - Janis Joplin with The Kozmic Blues Band
Grateful Dead - Creedence Clearwater Revival - The Who - Jefferson Airplane - The Grease Band - Joe Cocker - Ten Years After - The Band - Blood, Sweat & Tears - Johnny Winter
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Jimi Hendrix - Sha-Na-Na - Ten Years After, and many other lesser know acts.
- I was 17, lived an hour away - but my Mom would not let me go!)
2)The Beatles – Live On The Ed Sullivan Show, 9th February 1964 ( 73 million. including me, watched on TV) and LIve at Shea Stadium 1965 ( 60,000 people -so loud they could barely hear themselves sing)
3) Bob Dylan - Newport Folk Festival – Jul. 25, 1965 ( When he went electric)
4) Rolling Stones - Copacabana Beach, Rio de Janeiro, BR – Feb. 18, 2006 ( 2 million at Concert)
5) The Who – Live At Leeds, 14th February 1970 or the Isle of White Festival 1970
6) Queen at Wembley 1970 Live aid 1985 (They will ROCK YOU !)
7) Springsteen at Wembley Stadium - ( I'd get a two for one here - Wembley visit and see the Boss!) Oct 127 2002
8) Grateful Dead at Cornell University - Legendary best Dead Concert ever!
9) Willie Nelson and Bob Dylan's 1st Farm Aid Concert September 1975 featured
Alabama,John Anderson,Beach Boys,The Blasters,Bon Jovi,Jimmy Buffett,Glen Campbell,Johnny Cash,David Allan Coe, Lacy J. Dalton
Charlie Daniels,John Denver,Bob Dylan,John Fogerty,Foreigner,Vince Gill,Merle Haggard & the Strangers,Sammy Hagar,Daryl Hall,Don Henley
Waylon Jennings,Billy Joel,George Jones,Rickie Lee Jones,B.B. King,Carole King,Robbie Krieger,Kris Kristofferson,Lone Justice,Lorreta Lynn
Delbert McClinton,John Mellencamp,Roger Miller,Joni Mitchell,Willie Nelson and Family,Randy Newman,Nitty Gritty Dirt Band,Roy Orbison
Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers,Bonnie Raitt,Lou Reed,Kenny Rogers,Johnny Rodriguez,John Schneider,Bryan Setzer
Southern Pacific,Tanya Tucker,Eddie VanHallen,Dottie West and Neil Young & International Harvesters
They have raised over $ 45million in the concerts since that one to try to help end world hunger!)
10) Led Zeppelin 1970 Royal Albert Concert 1970 ( Page and Plant - just awesome!)
OMG THIS IS SO HARD !
Here are a few honorable mentions......
The World Series of Rock Concerts in Cleveland Stadium
A) July 1979
Aerosmith,Ted Nugent,Journey, Thin Lizzy, AC/DC, and the Scorpions
B) June 23, 1974
The Beach Boys, Joe Walsh and Barnstorm, Lynyrd Skynyrd, REO Speedwagon
C) August 4, 1974
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Climax Blues Band, James Gang
Michael Jackson - Dangerous / Thriller tour 1992 - Bucharest , Romania
Simon and Garfunkel's Concert in Central Park , New York City on September 19, 1981 (1/2 million people!)
Billy Joel at Shea Stadium2008
Johnny Cash at Folsom Prison 1968
Peter Frampton Comes Alive! San Francisco - I think it was at the Cow Palace) 1974-75 - I saw him play three weeks earlier at my college - attendance was about 500 people - Frampton comes alive album came out - 58,000 what a change in month!
Nirvana at the Reading,England 1992 Festival or the NYC unplugged concerts
Yes - "Symphonic" tour - Amsterdam, 2003
Eagles - Sandiego California Farewell
Elvis Presley - San Antonio 1972
Phill Williams and any Chordiestock live concert - I don't know where yet - but would love to see that performance live and in person !!
and whole lot more !
Since I didn't include any except those included in the Woodstock concert and Farm Aid Concert- I challenge Jan and Amy ( or anyone else) to make a list of the greatest Women Performances in concert !
Thanks for torturing my mind TF ! In an hour from now I will probably have a different list.
Just listening to these this morning on you tube was awesome though - thanks for the inspirataion TF !
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