I’ve always been a fan of great bands from the 60’s and 70’s. Most of them have broken up and the original members have passed away. But some moments caught on tape of their greatest musical performances bring tears and smiles. Let me tell you of the concerts I’ve appreciated the most.
4. MTV Unplugged – Eric Clapton
I’m not the biggest fan of Eric Clapton. I even think he was the least fascinating guitarist of the Yardbirds but “Oh my, oh my”, his performances on this concert is mind blowing. I don’t think I’ve seen a better acoustic performance like this. Being the first band to perform an unplugged album for MTV, he sure set the bar sky high. With classic, blues and folk blend also featuring his popular songs like Layla and Tears in Heaven, this is a must see acoustic performance.
Favourite bits: Signe, Before You Accuse Me, Hey, Hey
3. Concert for George
This tribute to the late George Harrison organised by Eric Clapton on November 29, 2002 is one of those concerts that will shine on you the inner light. It features friends of George and his family. The first of the two sections of the concert comprises of an Indian orchestra composed by Ravi Shankar and lead by his daughter Anouskha. The second section comprises more of the British music performed by his friends Eric Clapton, Jeff Lynne, Billy Preston, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. Ringo Starr and Paul McCartney from his “The Beatles” days also feature. It also comprises his son Dhani in most tracks with his hollow-heart shaped rhythm guitar.
Favourite bits: Anoushka playing sitar, All Things Must Pass, Handle with Care, I need you, My Sweet Lord, Something
2. Celebration Day
Though we’ve heard that Led Zeppelin is going to get together to release yet another studio album, back in 2007 we thought this was going to be Led Zeppelin’s last ever performance. The band that dispersed following the death of rocks most influential drummer John Bonham and only a royal blood in his son Jason could replace him. The band members only got older but their music remained the same. Robert Plant was still strong with his vocals, John Paul Jones and Jimmy Page still with that rock n’ roll chemistry. They perform most of Zeppelin’s famous electric songs.
Favourite bit: Good Times, Bad Times, Kashmir, Whole Lotta Love
With an incredible stage display as always, Pink Floyd does not fail to display the truths of life with its psychedelic show. The concert shows amazing lighting, a big oval screen with abstract videos, large flying pigs, big puppet of a teacher and an amazing piece is shining artifact. They even crash a burning plane. With flashy laser light making arch’s, this is the best concert I’ve seen. Even without Roger Waters, the rest of the band with David Gilmore, Rick Wright and Nick Mason provide an amazing show with more than 20 artists involved in stage.
Favourite bit: Another Brick in the Wall, Wish You Were Here