It is hard to imagine getting through life without attending at least one rock concert. Whether you caught a band on the way up or on their farewell tour, a rock concert is an awesome way to take a trip down memory lane. And if you happen to end up at an epic rock concert, then you get to claim to be a part of music history. Here is a completely subjective list of five of the most epic rock concerts ever.
1. Simon and Garfunkel Central Park, 1981
As a songwriting and performing duo, Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel created a large portion of the soundtrack of the 60s. As with many good things, they can to an end in 1970. Eleven years later, they took to the stage in New York’s Central Park in front of half a million fans to sing most of their classics and a few new tunes. There might have been a “Bridge Over Troubled Water” between them at one point but on this night a good time was had by all.
2. The Beatles Shea Stadium, 1965
Legend has it that the Beatles actually hated performing in front of large crowds. It’s because all that screaming meant they couldn’t even hear themselves play. The concert at Shea Stadium was their biggest ever. It also marked a huge turning point in the band. Within the year, they gave up performing live and instead stuck to the recording studios where they generated their classics. If you or someone you know was at Shea Stadium on that warm August day, then they were truly a part of rock n’ roll history.
3. Peter Frampton Comes Alive, 1975
You can’t discuss the most epic rock and roll concerts without discussing the concert that became the best-selling live album of the year. By the time the dust settled, Frampton Comes Alive would have sold over 11 million copies. Anyone who attended this amazing concert might be able to hear themselves on that recording… if they listen very closely.
4. The Rolling Stones Wembley Arena, 2003
If a band can manage to stick around for 40 years, then there is reason to celebrate. In 2003, The Rolling Stones crossed that notable anniversary and shared it with thousands of fans. They’re still talking about that encore of Jumping Jack Flash. Amazingly, the Stones are still going at it. Can you say, “Start me up?”
5. Woodstock, 1969
Obviously, you can’t talk epic rock concert history without mentioning Woodstock. This was the mother of all rock concerts to come. Over four days, there was a never-ending stream of amazing rock performances by a wide variety of artists. It was a concert that wasn’t supposed to draw as many people as it did and for those in attendance, it was life altering.
The good news is that if you missed these concerts, they’ve all been recorded. What was your favorite concert?