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Old 03-20-2020, 03:01 AM
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We know Queen Live Aid is the greatest rock set of all time....


May I propose Whitesnake at Rock in Rio 1985 as the second best?

John Sykes- one of the most gifted lead guitarist of all time in metal history?

David Coverdale- Deep Purple associated act

Cozy Powell— one of the greatest rock drummers of all time

Neil Murray— highly respected bassist for many metal bands

You can see loyalty thousands of fans in a major soccer stadium clapping and following the band in an even more of a mass than Queen at Live Aid.

I know Queen has played in Brazil but I remember as a indie DJ this set was was highly touted.

All kneel down to the Whitesnake 1985!in Brazil:

https://youtu.be/rTOmG07TDqE


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Old 03-20-2020, 03:13 AM
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Sorry, Live at Leeds beats either of those hands-down.
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Old 03-20-2020, 08:57 AM
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I don't disagree with you about Queen's performance at Live Aid. I doubt that it will ever be topped.

But Led Zeppelin at Earl's Court is miles ahead of any Whitesnake performance

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hVtc...F8I5D&index=11
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Old 03-20-2020, 10:33 AM
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Sorry, Live at Leeds beats either of those hands-down.
The Who at Live Aid were very good too.
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Old 03-20-2020, 10:36 AM
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Cheap Trick Live at Budokan is at least twice as good as any other live set.
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Old 03-20-2020, 10:45 AM
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Queen Live Aid, I do agree, is the pinnacle as far as performances go. But Cheap Trick Live at Budokan is right up there for greatest live album of all times. I generally dislike live albums, but that's one I'll actually listen to. The Who Live at Leeds is fine, as well, but I wouldn't not say it's in any way better than these. They're all in the same class, to me.

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Sorry, Live at Leeds beats either of those hands-down.
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The Who at Live Aid were very good too.
The Who performance that compares best to Queen at Live Aid IMHO is their set at The Concert For New York.
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Cheap Trick Live at Budokan is at least twice as good as any other live set.
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Old 03-20-2020, 05:03 PM
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Big Whitesnake fan, are you? Coverdale's intro to America (with Purple) at the California jam was good. It was not Queen at Live Aid.
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Cheap Trick Live at Budokan is at least twice as good as any other live set.
Anyone who reads my posts knows that I'm a virulent CT fan, so....

The absolute best live performance recorded on video is CT's Silver, recorded in Rockford, IL, in 1999. "There can be only one."
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Hell, Zeppelin at Knebworth at the end of their run was fucking fire compared to Whitesnake. Robert Plant used to call David Coverdale "David Coverversion" which is ironic, considering all of the borrowing and thievery employed by the good Mr. Plant.
Anyway, Zeppelin at Knebworth at their end...
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rbb_ug3zNa0
(Link takes you to a 2 hour and forty minute video...)
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Sorry, but no, Bob Dylan and the Hawks 1966 at Manchester Free Trade Hall, the "Royal Albert Hall Concert", blew all the shows mentioned out of the water.
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Fanbois are so cute when they argue.

Besides, any set by the E Street Band, at any time and in any condition blows the pants off of anything mentioned so far.
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“Bruce Sharpsteen...the rock-poet genius of the seventeeez!” — R. Crumb’s sarcasm in Mister Natural #3, circa 1977.

Even though his signature album came out when I was 14, I’ve never been able to take the guy seriously.
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The thing about Queen's Live Aid performance was that they had started a slow decline in popularity since "Under Pressure" and were sort of regarded as washed-up. Their performance was not only singular but led to a revival.
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Please do not forget the Kinks 1979 tour of the US northeast. Astonishing. Much of it is available on YouTube.
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Old 03-20-2020, 10:24 PM
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Also every show the Grateful Dead played during 1977. The Barton Hall show at Cornell University in May is the classic...also the Englishtown, NJ in September. Again, both freely available on the internets.
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Please do not forget the Kinks 1979 tour of the US northeast. Astonishing. Much of it is available on YouTube.
I saw that tour in Providence RI, excellent show.
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The thing about Queen's Live Aid performance was that they had started a slow decline in popularity since "Under Pressure" and were sort of regarded as washed-up. Their performance was not only singular but led to a revival.
I get it. I do. Queen played at LiveAid and people WANTED them to be great.

But I have a few hundred Queen live shows. That show was fun, and competent. But I've never thought it was the world-beating set everyone seemed to think it was.

Hell, U2's set was much, much better and they only played two songs.
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Queen at Live Aid is, indeed, the pinnacle. But remember it is even more remarkable because that day had numerous outstanding performances by other bands as well. If Queen had not been there we'd be talking about how awesome U2 was (to name one). But then Freddie just stole the show with a world class performance. Truly a rock legend.
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The Who at Live Aid were very good too.
Isn’t most of it lost due to technical difficulties? And U2 kicked ass at Live Aid.
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I get it. I do. Queen played at LiveAid and people WANTED them to be great.

But I have a few hundred Queen live shows. That show was fun, and competent. But I've never thought it was the world-beating set everyone seemed to think it was.

Hell, U2's set was much, much better and they only played two songs.
There were a lot of great performances that day. If you could travel back in time to visit one concert this has to be on the top 10 list.

Perhaps Queen had better shows at other times. Some of it is subjective. But Queen certainly knocked it out of the park at Live Aid. Not just a really great performance but (I think) their biggest audience ever (so big I have seen video of seeing the soundwave pass over the crowd...people in front jump before people behind them).

Add to that this was all for charity lending to the feeling you weren't just listening to good music but helping people at the same time.

Queen's performance was electric and pumped the crowd in a way no one else did. Which is remarkable since other bands also brought their A-game. It was an awesome concert. Those who got to be there truly got to see/listen to one of the best concerts in history.
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Leeds's "Young Man Blues" and the "My Generation" jam rocked me all iggeldy-piggeldy, but I thought this Queen Wembley offering, alone, (a year after LiveAid), truly gave'er .

Of course I'm gonna wierd everyone out again and go with The Bruford Tapes. I would've walked miles to this gig in those ancient foot-binding shoes if I had the chance. Somewhat rambunctious crowd - great for the intimate, small venue. Perhaps a looser definition of "rock", here, but still loud-volumey and in-your-face enough to rock a room just fine.
And Bill's 'electric chat'.
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...Zeppelin at Knebworth...
You know about the 1969 Denmark concert, right?

No snark intended; just asking if you've seen it.
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