Top 10 Concert Films to See Before You Die

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7. Monterey Pop Fest

Featuring some of the biggest names from the '60s, this film captures rock legends as they were on the verge of becoming superstars. Remember the time when The Who destroyed their instruments or when Jimi Hendrix lit his guitar on fire? It's captured here in all its glory.

6. Dave Chappelle's Block Party

What happens when you combine the most enigmatic comedian of his time (Dave Chappelle), an acclaimed French director (Michel Gondry), Brooklyn and a Fugees reunion? You get one of the most underrated concert movies in recent memory. Featuring Kanye West and The Roots amongst others, the vibe is celebratory and triumphant and made you feel jealous you weren't in Fort Greene that day to take in the festivities.

5. Concert For George

Paying tribute to the quiet Beatle on the first anniversary of his death, friends like Paul McCartney, Eric Clapton and Tom Petty banded together for this charity tribute gig. Seeing Harrison's famous friends collaborate while covering his songs was the ultimate sign of respect for one of the most underrated guitarists of his time.

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Wattstax,  Elvis: Aloha from Hawaii, Festival Express (admittedly from several shows),  Pink Floyd - Live At Pompeii,  Rust Never Sleeps, Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars, Gimme Shelter.

Some personal faves: Shut Up and Play the Hits! (Pretty amazing.), It's Alive! DVD (Great footage from  a LOT of Ramones concerts, including a full set from the US Festival.), Rammstein: Live aus Berlin (Completely over the top. and rocking extremely hard.), and Deep Purple Live in California 1974 is worth it just to see the shots from behind Ritchie Blackmore while he shreds in front of what seems to be about half the population of Southern California.


Great list. As for the Stones, the record of their 1972 American Tour, Ladies And Gentlemen, The Rolling Stones captures them at their performing peak. Listen to those Mick Taylor solos!

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