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2012-03-16 01:26:34 PM

karnal: Big Zappa fan - but Baby Snakes is not a great rock documentary....although the Bickford sequences are awesome.


Well, Baby Snakes is an easier watch than 200 Motels. I know that neither of these are 'true' concert films. They are still fun to watch.
 
2012-03-16 01:27:32 PM
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2012-03-16 01:29:04 PM
Garth Brooks - Live from Central Park always stuck with me as a pretty cool show.
 
2012-03-16 01:30:52 PM
Rattle and Hum? Really? That was like watching This is Spinal Tap with the band not knowing they were the joke.
 
2012-03-16 01:31:35 PM

mitchcumpstein: I fully agree with the number 1 pick. All the amazing guests on that stage that night and the sad fate of members of the Band shortly after that concert was filmed make it absolutely epic. And Robbie Robertson (and really everyone else) look like they've blown Tony Montana amounts of yayo that night.


LOL. Pretty decent list; though I'll always have a softspot for Woodstock because of Hendrix's rendition of the Star-Spangled Banner. Good lord that was just one hundred eleventy million levels of epicness.
 
2012-03-16 01:33:11 PM

rocinante721: mitchcumpstein: I fully agree with the number 1 pick. All the amazing guests on that stage that night and the sad fate of members of the Band shortly after that concert was filmed make it absolutely epic. And Robbie Robertson (and really everyone else) look like they've blown Tony Montana amounts of yayo that night.

They had to spend $20,000 to rotoscope the coke off of Neil Young's nose from the nosedive he took before going onstage


You owe me a keyboard for that line, LOL. :)
 
2012-03-16 01:36:19 PM
I'm not a HUGE Neil Young fan, but the list fails without "Rust Never Sleeps."

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2012-03-16 01:37:53 PM
The Last Waltz as a concert is pretty overrated. Except for a few songs ("caravan", "helpless" - could do without Joni background singing tho - , Dylan medley).
The Last Waltz as a concert DOCUMENTARY is pretty outstanding. Interviews and whatnot. Disintegration of a band, etc.

If the list was just recorded concerts, DIRE STRAITS: ALCHEMY LIVE should be in the top 2, dagnabbit.

/as rock docs go, what about Rolling Stones: "c*cksucker blues"? "gimmie shelter" ?

/stay away from D.S. "on the night" though.... Knopfler sleepwalks through most of it, plus the addition of a slide guitarist, making most songs sound country-ish? no thanks. (*shudder*)
 
2012-03-16 01:39:59 PM
Ahem

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2012-03-16 01:41:39 PM
"Led Zeppelin: song remains the same" is a crock of sh*t. absolutely horrible.

"how the west was won" is such a better document of their 1972 tour.
If the tapes existed all this time, why didn't they use those instead of the "SRTS"?
 
2012-03-16 01:44:17 PM
Ahem

Actually, THIS.

Radio GaGa, ftw.
 
2012-03-16 01:45:33 PM
"The Concert for George" is an overlooked gem.

Royal Albert Hall. a year to the day after George Harrison died.

Eric Clapton. Billy Preston. Tom Petty. George's son.

Then, out of nowhere, Monty Python.

Then Ringo.

Then Paul.

Dust factory.
 
2012-03-16 01:45:39 PM
"how the west was won" is such a better document of their 1972 tour.
If the tapes existed all this time, why didn't they use those instead of the "SRTS"?


Heroin?
 
2012-03-16 01:47:23 PM
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They were young, Hagar was a new edition (so you probably hate it) and most importantly, this is probably the only entire concert where Eddie was sober - long sober; his guitar solo was awe inspiring back then.
 
2012-03-16 01:47:48 PM
I seem to remember this one being pretty good
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And, though it was a movie that was a comilation on live footage, this
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2012-03-16 01:48:42 PM
Lets Spend The Night Together needs to be on that list. The summer of 1983 was an awesome time.
 
2012-03-16 01:48:52 PM
Probably because Jimmy Page had not taken the West tapes into the studio and overdubbed them yet.
 
2012-03-16 01:49:45 PM
*sigh*

The Last Waltz is horrificially overrated. there are some great sequences in it, but....neil diamond? van morrison in his "10lbs of shiat in a 5lb bag" sequined suit (and don't forget his hilariously cheesy kicks and fist pumps during "Caravan"?

and i know the apocryphal story of Levon, after the screening, supposedly quipping, "well, it coulda used more Robbie", but.....he's charismatic, engaging, funny, and tells the best stories, and by far the most photogenic. why wouldn't he get the most facetime? Levon is kinda old man grumpy, danko is at times clearly somehwere else, garth comes off as really creepy and weird, and manuel is even more far gone than danko.

Good but overrated.

List fails without:

Depeche Mode 101. I'm not a huge DM fan, but some of the live sequences are just amazing. Gahan has 100,000 people in the palm of his hand at the Rose Bowl. Freedie Mercuryesque charisma and perfformance. also, worth noting how while the "reality" genre had been bumping around since the 1960s, this is the first "modern" reality event i'm aware of; they put about a dozen DM fans in a bus, and filmed them interacting over the tour. MTV's "The Real World" didn't come out until 2-3 years later and that is often acknowledged as the start of reality tv but DM 101 predates all that.

Wilco:I Am Trying To Break Your heart
. Phenomenal film. watching the band disintegrate and the artistic process in general is amazing.

Clash: Westway To the World. A bit hard to find but amazing. watching Joe talk about how he farked it up is heartbreaking. he's talking about how firing Mick was dumb. the heartbreak on his face and his voice is palpable. And also when Topper admits that even if he had the chance to do it differently, he wouldn't. he says something like, "i know drugs farked it up for me but......i would make those mistakes again, because......that's the kind of person i am." bizarre and sad but astonishing.
 
2012-03-16 01:49:54 PM
They were young, Hagar was a new edition (so you probably hate it) and most importantly, this is probably the only entire concert where Eddie was sober - long sober; his guitar solo was awe inspiring back then.

Fark me, THIS as well. 5150 is particularly awe-inspiring.
 
2012-03-16 01:53:53 PM

timharrod: "The Concert for George" is an overlooked gem.

Royal Albert Hall. a year to the day after George Harrison died.

Eric Clapton. Billy Preston. Tom Petty. George's son.

Then, out of nowhere, Monty Python.

Then Ringo.

Then Paul.

Dust factory.


I should check that one out sometime. Just mentioning Ringo and Paul appearing gave me goosebumps.

/There probably was lots of dust at RAH when they both appeared.
 
2012-03-16 01:55:56 PM
poo. no TAMI show? farkin' mouth breathing ig'nant cracker whackers.
 
2012-03-16 01:56:53 PM
I absolutely loved Van Morrison's crazy ass performance, staggering off the stage screaming "RADIO!" leaving Robby Robertson laughing and confused finally he just says "Van the man, everybody!"
 
2012-03-16 01:56:57 PM
'The Song Remains the Same' I enjoy L Z , but as a teenager in 1976 who really thought they kicked ass, I fell asleep at this movie. This over-pompous bs still affects me the same way now. I enjoy quite a few concert movies in my viewing collection, but this is not among them. As previously expressed, if you are going to pick an LZ concert film in your top 10 pr 100 "how the west was won" is much better.
 
2012-03-16 01:57:51 PM

zez: Surprised Rolling Stone didn't pick any Rush videos


You're right. It fails miserably without:
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2012-03-16 01:58:57 PM
Speaking as an aging hipster (redundant, i know) I have to say that I've seen this exact same "article" every other year for the last 24 years in Rolling Stone, and it never changes; Besides the late addition of some recent film in the #10 spot, The Last Waltz is always #1 and Stop Making Sense and Woodstock are always in the top 5. Most. Boring. Article. Ever. Times 24.

/does not read Rolling Stone, steals its content at newsstands.
//had a sub to NME in 1984
///lawn, off it.
 
2012-03-16 01:59:55 PM

Demetrius: List doesn't fail because it contains "Stop Making Sense".


It's good, Kermit but did it better.
 
2012-03-16 02:01:35 PM
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2012-03-16 02:02:30 PM

AirForceVet: Gimme Shelter is like a totally bad trip, especially when the fat, naked chick climbs on stage and later when the guy with the gun gets stabbed.



I think it is outstanding......there are some amazing onstage sequences. the chaos in the buildup to Altamont is entertaining too. also interesting how Jerry Garcia nad Phil Lesh are told after disembarking the helicopter (i think by Michael Shrieve, who was Santana's drummer) how the Angels had beaten up Marty Balin. I think Lesh says, "no shiat? far out, man."

the dead then later decided not to perform, as things got too sketch.

/trivia: the GD lent their 16-track recording system to the Pennebakers, which is why the audio for Altamont is so good. not so much the other shows.
 
2012-03-16 02:04:28 PM

9beers: Lets Spend The Night Together needs to be on that list. The summer of 1983 was an awesome time.



my uncle was at the show (sun devil stadium). about 5 years later I was there for Rattle and Hum. my first show ever. I have the ticket still. i'd post it if images weren't blocked.
 
2012-03-16 02:05:44 PM

rickythepenguin:

Depeche Mode 101. I'm not a huge DM fan, but some of the live sequences are just amazing. Gahan has 100,000 people in the palm of his hand at the Rose Bowl. Freedie Mercuryesque charisma and perfformance. also, worth noting how while the "reality" genre had been bumping around since the 1960s, this is the first "modern" reality event i'm aware of; they put about a dozen DM fans in a bus, and filmed them interacting over the tour. MTV's "The Real World" didn't come out until 2-3 years later and that is often acknowledged as the start of reality tv but DM 101 predates all that.


Seeing Gahan get the WHOLE stadium crowd move their arms back and forth for Never Let Me Down always blows my mind. Being in the audience for 2 shows on the Violator tour was also a mind blow during that song.
 
2012-03-16 02:13:00 PM
Well, I haven't seen the list (I'm not doing a slideshow), but I strongly suspect the list has some hipsterish douchebaggery in it.
 
2012-03-16 02:15:59 PM

Jake Havechek: Seeing Gahan get the WHOLE stadium crowd move their arms back and forth for Never Let Me Down always blows my mind. Being in the audience for 2 shows on the Violator tour was also a mind blow during that song.



yeah, it is pretty amazing, the rose bowl sequence.....

i forget which audio mag it was, but a few years back there was an interview with DA Pennebaker.....he was asked about a reissue of the show in multitrack stereo and he dismissed it all as rumor. apparently fans had been clamoring for a deluxe DVD release with all the bells and whistles ("24 track digital" and so on) and he said none existed. straight 2 track as i recall.

also dismissed rumors that the entire show (rose bowl) had been shot. i think he said they wanted to but for some reason, budget or camera malfucntions, i forget, but he said they did NOT shoot the entire Pasadena show.
 
2012-03-16 02:16:19 PM

darch: Ahem

Actually, THIS.

Radio GaGa, ftw.


I think the best song on there is Hammer to Fall, but honestly that's like choosing Chocolate Cream Pie over Banana Cream. Whatever you choose, you're still eating pie.
 
2012-03-16 02:18:07 PM
The Last Waltz sucked. It wasn't even The Band's best live recordings. All it was, was a Bunch of stoned performers going through the motions for a shiatty film that is now constantly fellated by hipsters because Scorsese directed it.
 
2012-03-16 02:18:11 PM
And All that Could Have Been, HD-DVD - Nine Inch Nails
 
2012-03-16 02:18:42 PM

Jake Havechek: New Order live in Finsbury Park


Oh God that is an awesome concert. Depeche Mode's Live in Paris is another great one. And Rush in Rio and Rush 30 too.
 
2012-03-16 02:19:57 PM
Thought maybe Bangladesh would be listed.
 
2012-03-16 02:20:05 PM
as much as i love led zep...srts is not a good album or movie.

i can't stand the last waltz. i've tried to watch it and like it but just can't. i was in a band with a guy who loved it and wanted to do some band songs. if i never have to play the weight and even hear it again, i wouldn't be too soon.

loved iron maiden- 666 and life after death (saw them on this tour)

queen live at wembley was really good but their live aid couple of songs was pure awesome.

u2-live at red rocks was really really good.

stevie ray at el mocambo

pink floyd - live at pompeii is mind blowing. loved the behind the scenes work on dark side.

the lemmy movie was interesting but not a concert film.

something from slayer back in the day could have been pretty cool. don't know about now.
 
2012-03-16 02:21:49 PM

Glenford: zez: Surprised Rolling Stone didn't pick any Rush videos

You're right. It fails miserably without:
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Oh, hell yeah! The sound was crap, but the feedback loop between the band and the audience was amazing.
 
2012-03-16 02:22:23 PM

FirstNationalBastard: The Last Waltz sucked. It wasn't even The Band's best live recordings. All it was, was a Bunch of stoned performers going through the motions for a shiatty film that is now constantly fellated by hipsters because Scorsese directed it.


Agreed.

Also, Gimme Shelter is an awesome documentary...of a pretty awful concert.
 
2012-03-16 02:27:17 PM
The Clash= overrated Brit hacks in it for the $$$ and nothing else
 
2012-03-16 02:30:56 PM

Ed Grubermann: Glenford: zez: Surprised Rolling Stone didn't pick any Rush videos

You're right. It fails miserably without:
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Oh, hell yeah! The sound was crap, but the feedback loop between the band and the audience was amazing.


Yup. Love watching the crowd go nuts over Tom Sawyer.
 
2012-03-16 02:33:27 PM
Have watched (and often passed out to) this VHS video and DVD about 100 times. Never gets old.

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2012-03-16 02:36:36 PM
caddisfly: Have watched (and often passed out to) this VHS video and DVD about 100 times. Never gets old.

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I remember seeing that outfit under glass at the Experience Music Project.
 
2012-03-16 02:37:10 PM

NuttierThanEver: [www.kingtartous.com image 265x475]


As much as I hate the guy, I will admit this is an awesome piece.
 
2012-03-16 02:38:57 PM
This is still one of my favorite live performance videos of a truly insane tour:

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It's dark, low-tech, and perfect.

/So What
 
2012-03-16 02:42:32 PM

orange whip: The Clash= overrated Brit hacks in it for the $$$ and nothing else


Ha ha. Thats funny.

1/10
 
2012-03-16 02:46:02 PM
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2012-03-16 02:47:02 PM
greenbowlpacker:

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I just with there was a bit less Trey, a little more of the other guys, and it didn't make the fans look like complete morons.
 
2012-03-16 02:47:24 PM
Their list:

10. Bullet in a Bible, Green Day
9. Sign O the Time, Prince
8. Shine a Light, Scorsese/Stones
7. Live at Pompeii, Pink Floyd
6. Gimme Shelter, Rolling Stones
5. Rattle and Hum, U24. Woodstock, Various
3. Stop Making Sense, Talking Heads/Jonathan Demme
2. The Song Remains the Same, Led Zeppelin
1. The Last Waltz, Scorses,/ The Band/Neil Diamond/ Van Morrison


I've seen Gimme Shelter (good film, lousy concert), Sign O the Time- okay. Live at Pompei- amazing. Rattle and Hum- okay. The Song Remains the Same- awesome band- actually a little over rated.

What is the judging criteria? How good the concert was? How popular the band is? How much drama?
 
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