Unforgettable Concerts On Film

Posted on: 29 July 2008 by Gareth Hargreaves

Watch footage of some of the best music concerts ever performed.

Many say The Beatles were the best, others argue Elvis was King, and some say Eric Clapton slides past them all to rank at number one.

A lot of people agree that Bowie was the bomb, Bruce is boss, The Rolling Stones rock at the top and Madonna may also just dance into first place.

Queen were sensational, Jimi Hendrix is legendary for his guitar solos while Bob Marley changed the face of reggae music.

Whatever your vote, there's no denying people are opinionated about music, and downright passionate when declaring the best concert experience they've ever had.

So add your voice to the multitudes shouting the praises of the very best of the best.

You can share your greatest music experience by leaving a comment below, alternatively reminisce with others in the 50connect forum or email us at editor@50connect.com.

Here’s a selection of historical music concerts performed by the biggest and best musicians in the world ever.


Full concert from 12th July 1986, Wembley Stadium

Probably the most famous Queen concert, they delivered an overall amazing show, playing their classic songs and they got a rowdy crowd on top of it all!

The set list was quite special - Queen played Gimme Some Lovin or Big Spender only scarcely - and there were even rumours about David Bowie's appearance for Under Pressure but that unfortunately didn't happen.

Brian May says of the concert, "The Wembley concerts in 1986 were the pinnacle for us. We were at our height band-wise, and Freddie had developed this phenomenal way of dealing with stadium audiences.”

“Being back home in London playing two sell-out nights was such a big, big occasion for us. None of us realised that this would be almost the last time we played together.” The band played only two more UK concert dates together.

The concert is split into 30 different videos from start to the finale.

Jimi Hendrix

Fire at the Royal Albert Hall, 24th February 1968

Jimi Hendrix’s concerts with Dimo Valenti and then Buddy Miles Express opening, produced some of the most interesting Hendrix sets ever recorded.

In mid-1968, just as he was releasing his monumental Electric Ladyland LP, Hendrix began actively and fervently pursuing opportunities to jam with other musicians.

His concerts in 1968 capture Hendrix at his most exploratory, expanding boundaries of his own playing and open to adding other musicians to the mix, with no rehearsals.

The Beatles

Shea Stadium, New York 1965

The US tour really opened on 15th August with a concert scheduled in New York at the Shea Stadium, home of the New York Mets baseball team.

This was the first time in the history of music that a stadium was used for a rock concert.

Seen by 55,600 fans, it created a new world record for a pop concert in terms of attendance and gross revenue. The Beatles' share of the $304,000 box-office takings was also a record - $160,000.

Live Aid

David Bowie - Heroes, 13th July 1985, Wembley Stadium

Live Aid was a multi-venue rock music concert held on 13th July, 1985. The event was organised by Bob Geldof and Midge Ure to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia.

Billed as the “global jukebox”, the main sites for the event were Wembley Stadium and JFK Stadium in Philadelphia. Some acts performed at other venues such as Sydney and Moscow.

It was one of the largest-scale satellite link-ups and television broadcasts of all time: an estimated 1.5 billion viewers, across 100 countries watched the live broadcast, including Bowie’s sensational set.

The Doors

The End live at The Isle Of Wight Festival 1970

American rock band The Doors were formed in 1965 in Los Angeles by vocalist Jim Morrison, keyboardist Ray Manzarek, drummer John Densmore, and guitarist Robby Krieger.

They were one of the most controversial bands of their time, due mostly to Morrison's cryptic lyrics and unpredictable stage persona.

Since the band's dissolution in the early 1970s - and especially since Morrison's death in 1971 - interest in the Doors' music has remained high.

They sold over 76 million albums worldwide, and still sell approximately 1 million annually.

The Rolling Stones

Honky Tonk Woman, live in Hyde Park 1969

The Hyde Park Free Concerts are legendary, and none more so than when the Rolling Stones performed there two days after the death of former bandmate Brian Jones.

What was always planned as a major show turned into a memorial with 500,000 people in attendance. Mick Jagger opens reading an excerpt from Shelley's poem Adonais as a dedication to Jones and releases thousands of butterflies.

Led Zeppelin

Black Dog, 1973

1973 was the year Led Zeppelin took America.

Beginning their 36 date tour in Atlanta's Fulton County Stadium, playing to 49,000, this was the start of stadium rock as we know it. With no support act, Zeppelin would perform for up to three hours, surrounded by lasers, cannons and smoke.

Bob Marley

Bob Marley’s legendary concert from the Rainbow Theatre in London from 1977

In the summer of 1977, Bob Marley, with his album Exodus and legendary concert at the Rainbow, took reggae music and the message of Rastafari to a world that hitherto had been exposed to neither.

Pink Floyd

Pink Floyd performing epic Comfortably Numb during the live recreation of The Wall 1980-81 at Earls Court.

The English rock band initially earned recognition for their psychedelic space rock music, and, as they evolved, for their progressive rock music.

Known for their philisophical lyrics, sonic experimentation, innovative cover art and elaborate live shows, Pink Floyd sold over 200 million albums worldwide and are one of rock music’s most successful acts.

Bruce Springsteen

“The Boss” performs Thunder Road in 1976

Springsteen has recorded and toured with the E Street Band and is widely known for his brand of heartland rock infused with pop hooks, poetic lyrics and Americana sentiments centered around his native New Jersey.

His eloquence in expressing ordinary, everyday problems has earned him numerous awards, including 18 Grammy Awards and an Academy Award.


Madge live at Wembley Stadium on the 19th August 1987

Madonna’s debut world concert tour was considered the largest and highest-grossing musical concert tour ever at the time.

The tour grossed over half a million dollars for every date she played and the first two shows at Wembley sold out at a then record breaking time of 18 hours and 9 minutes for 144,000 tickets.


Dancing Queen live at Wembley Arena 1979

Rocketing into superstardom, Abba played six sold-out gigs at Wembley Arena during their 1979 European tour.

The band have sold over 400 million records and continue to sell between two and three million albums every year.

Relive one of their most famous concerts at Wembley Arena in the winter of ’79.

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