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Old 10-18-2008, 04:07 PM   #16
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Pink Floyd
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Old 10-18-2008, 04:30 PM   #17
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From those I've seen

U2, Arcade Fire, Radiohead or Amanda Palmer

Morrissey is up there too
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Old 10-18-2008, 07:05 PM   #18
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I'd say Peter Gabriel's Genesis.

Great setlists
Great musical performances
Great vocal performances
Great visual performances
Unique shows

Of who I've seen in person, Return To Forever. Simply amazing and total fun.
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Old 10-18-2008, 08:08 PM   #19
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springsteen, end of discussion.
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Old 10-19-2008, 05:42 AM   #20
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Sorry, but no way was Michael Jackson the best live act ever. His only good tour was the Bad Tour in the late 1980's.

The Grateful Dead had a pretty long run of good tours. They could arguably be one of the best. Springsteen, U2 and the Rolling Stones are up there. But, no way Wacko Jacko.
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Old 10-19-2008, 09:49 AM   #21
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I once watched a documentary about the history of rock. And there was a whole episode dedicated to the great live acts, the likes of Springsteen, Queen, u2, The Who, Led Zepplin, Pink Floyd, The Police etc etc, and the consensus was...u2 were the ultimate live act.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:45 AM   #22
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U2 !!!!

I love U2. they're cool. lead singer is a bit of a fat preacher these days, but they still have the bald guitarist and he's pretty good. there should be a fan site/message board dedicated to these guys!
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:08 PM   #23
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1. U2
2. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
3. The Who
4. Led Zeppelin
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:11 PM   #24
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How can this thread still be going?

Someone said that Springsteen was the end of the discussion.
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:46 PM   #25
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I certainly agree with the Springsteen vote, though I have never had the privilege to see Morrissey live, I have always imagined it would be an awesome show.
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:53 PM   #26
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I've seen Bruce about 6 times and U2 a ton more....I think both put on great shows, but, I like U2's music more, and so I guess that's why I enjoy myself more at a U2 concert.

I'd be loathe to vote for Zeppelin as they've had plenty of uneven Live performances in their career.....and, I'm a big fan so I say that with reluctance.

It's funny, I saw Elbow several months ago, and while it was a tiny venue and there were no bells and whistles, I was fairly enraptured for the entire set....cannot imagine a much better concert experience than to be lost in the music for the whole show....but, of course, they'd never make a list like this......

So, for me, yeah, it'd be U2 but it's obviously highly subjective.
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I've seen Bruce about 6 times and U2 a ton more....I think both put on great shows, but, I like U2's music more, and so I guess that's why I enjoy myself more at a U2 concert.
Same here. I saw ZooTV five times and so far nothing has topped that.
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Old 10-19-2008, 02:29 PM   #28
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Same here. I saw ZooTV five times and so far nothing has topped that.
I was lucky enough to see them on the JT Tour when I was 16. My first concert of any variety. For myriad reasons, nothing will top that....but, Zoo TV was amazing indeed. I saw Zoo TV about 10x between the inside and outside broadcasts (I was truly broke at the end of that tour, thank goodness I was in my early 20's/in college and still living at home). When you go on tour supporting albums as seminal as JT or AB, the shows are bound to be amazing no matter how good the stage presentation....but toss in the Audio/Visual elements that Zoo TV offered up and you have an astounding show.
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So does that mean you got to hear ASOH live then? (and for that matter did you get to hear The Unforgettable Fire?)
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Old 10-19-2008, 04:14 PM   #30
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Wait, nobody mentioned Pearl Jam? They are the finest live band around today, in terms of energy, setlist variety, duration and the sheer fun they bring. Eddie Vedder is as good as you can get for a frontman.

U2 and Radiohead are damn close. I'm not a fan of Springsteen, but I have to say he is one of the best live acts around as well.

History-wise, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd would easily fit into this category.
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