After watching HBO’s four-hour Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary special, I’ve been thinking about all of the great live rock moments I’ve witnessed in my day. While I’m very fortunate to have seen many of this program’s featured artists (U2, Bruce Springsteen, Mick Jagger, Billy Joel, Sting, Stevie Wonder, etc.), the two Madison Square Garden shows filmed for this broadcast were clearly some of the greatest concerts I’ve ever missed. This got me thinking about some other recent musical performances I wish I could’ve seen live.
Fortunately, there’s such a thing as YouTube.
1. Paul McCartney & U2 (London, 2005) My two rock heroes sharing a stage at Live 8.
2. Bruce Springsteen & Phish (Bonnaroo, 2009) Weird, but awesome.
3. David Gilmour & David Bowie (London, 2006) While I’m not a big Pink Floyd guy, this collaboration with Ziggy Stardust is just absurd.
4. Justin Timberlake and Janet Jackson (Houston, 2004) Yeah.