Top 10 Concert Films to See Before You Die

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1. The Band - The Last Waltz

Hands-down the greatest concert film made, Scorsese captures the group's final shows at San Francisco's Winterland Ballroom on Thanksgiving 1976. In addition to guest appearances by Neil Young, Van Morrison, Eric Clapton and long-time collaborator Bob Dylan, the movie takes a look at the quintet's history and is shot unlike any other rock movie. When you combine those elements and an amazing send-off, you have the recipe for the greatest concert film of all 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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