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(Rolling Stone)   The fifty greatest live acts performing RIGHT NOW. Well, not "now" now, just present time   (rollingstone.com) divider line 165
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2013-08-04 07:44:53 PM
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2013-08-04 07:47:21 PM
As anyone who has ever seen the man can tell you, no Richard Thompson = crap list.
 
2013-08-04 07:47:56 PM
My god, Rolling Stone actually acknowledged Rush exists.
 
2013-08-04 07:48:57 PM
Ah, Rolling Stone... continuing to prove its irrelevance since 1980.
 
2013-08-04 07:51:08 PM

Incorrigible Astronaut: Ah, Rolling Stone... continuing to prove its irrelevance since 1980.


Came here to say since 1975, but '80 works, I guess.
 
2013-08-04 07:59:10 PM
I've seen 7 of those bands live in the past 2 years.  There were only a few more that I still want to see.
 
2013-08-04 08:04:30 PM

JosephFinn: My god, Rolling Stone actually acknowledged Rush exists.


THIS

List is legit.
 
2013-08-04 08:07:47 PM
no iron maiden? im seeing 'em sept 3rd
 
2013-08-04 08:10:34 PM
I don't like Metallica's faster tempo when playing live. It's like they're just trying to get through the songs as quickly as possible.
 
2013-08-04 08:12:53 PM
Last time I checked, these guys are still out there

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2013-08-04 08:16:28 PM
Going to see Gogol Bordello this week. I'm positive they'll put on a better show than anything Kanye West could offer.
 
2013-08-04 08:19:12 PM
No IRON MAIDEN....List includes Taylor Swift. Pretty horrible list.
 
2013-08-04 08:24:28 PM
No Avett Brothers? Crap list.
 
2013-08-04 08:25:15 PM
Seen a few of the bands on that list (Stones, Rush, Metallica, etc) and none of them could compete live with Clutch or Nashville Pussy. Plus AC/DC really should be on any list of great live bands.
 
2013-08-04 08:25:44 PM
Leave it to Rolling Stone to put out a list of "live acts" where at least five of the listed are known for lip synching.
 
2013-08-04 08:31:55 PM
List fails without the London Philharmonic, maaaaaaaan.
 
2013-08-04 08:34:43 PM

KurtEvans: No Avett Brothers? Crap list.


Yeah, I'm surprised they missed the Avett Brothers, since they're not exactly an obscure band anymore.

I also expected to see Grace Potter & the Nocturnals, who tour constantly and are well-known for putting on a great show.

My personal vote would've been for Josh Ritter, though.  His band is great, and he always looks like he's enjoying the hell out of himself onstage - I love the energy he brings to his live performances.
 
2013-08-04 08:35:50 PM

JosephFinn: My god, Rolling Stone actually acknowledged Rush exists.



Stunned me too.

Saw Rush on their current tour. They're as f*cking amazing as ever. They even have a string ensemble along to play with the stuff on Clockwork Angels, and even add some spice to a few of their older songs. YYZ sounds really good with strings behind it, as does Red Sector A.
 
2013-08-04 08:39:04 PM
Another safe, predictable list.

SPOILER ALERT: Saint Bruce is #1.  And U2 is also on the list even though they're taking a multiyear break/actually disappearing off the face of the earth.
 
2013-08-04 08:41:01 PM
I knew Bruce or some American would be at the top.
Great to hear "New York City Serenade" though, one of my backlog fav's ! great rendition, faithful to the original.
miss the Clarence sax at 4:55 tho :(

that actually wasn't too bad of a list. which is amazing for rolling stone, which usually has shiat lists.
i only had a beef with one or two entries.
 
2013-08-04 08:41:36 PM
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2013-08-04 08:43:16 PM
If Rolling Stone hadn't already been dead to me, that list would do the trick. Skrillex, Taylor Swift and Fiona Apple but no Flaming Lips, on a list of great live acts. You have to be farking joking. I think reading that article gave me cancer.
 
2013-08-04 08:46:58 PM
No Cheap Trick?  Really?
 
2013-08-04 08:50:55 PM

balthan: I don't like Metallica's faster tempo when playing live. It's like they're just trying to get through the songs as quickly as possible.


The faster they play, the faster they get paid.
 
2013-08-04 08:52:23 PM
Cheap Trick played Winter Park yesterday.  They brought the goods.
 
2013-08-04 08:55:00 PM
No Maiden?

TOTAL FAIL.

Up the motherfarking IRONS.
 
2013-08-04 08:55:23 PM
I take it that the writers for rolling stone, have never seen Iron Maiden live?
 
2013-08-04 08:55:43 PM
Shocked they included MMJ, and in the top 10 no less.  I love a live MMJ show and will never forget their three-night, no repeat residency at The Wiltern last year.  Nine Inch Nails should be top ten just due to the way that Trent attempts to one-up the light show each tour.  Also, Foo Fighters and Queens of the Stone Age deserve top 25 slots for the sheer energy during those shows and Tool should be in the top 30 for Danny Carey's insane skin pounding.
 
2013-08-04 08:56:04 PM
Ctrl F: Clutch

...Not found....
 
2013-08-04 09:02:31 PM
I saw Iron Maiden twice last year, and they've definitely still got it, but they lose points for not varying their setlists over the course of a tour and never getting too deep into their (massive) catalog.

Wild Flag are the best live band I've seen in the last couple of years. Pity they haven't toured in over a year.

/Seeing Clutch next month for the first time, can't wait
//Would love to see Fiona Apple too
 
2013-08-04 09:10:05 PM
I'm not a huge concert goer. And I have to say that big venues with their flashy lights don't really thrill me. It seems like I would be just as excited watching it on TV. Last concert I went to was Muse. It was alright. But then I'm not that familiar with their last album.

The last concert I saw that was amazing was the Avett Brothers. Even though I was totally unfamiliar with their first album at the time of the show, I thought it was so much fun, it was such good energy.
 
2013-08-04 09:11:15 PM
Mr. Chainsaw: I saw Iron Maiden twice last year, and they've definitely still got it, but they lose points for not varying their setlists over the course of a tour and never getting too deep into their (massive) catalog.

Wild Flag are the best live band I've seen in the last couple of years. Pity they haven't toured in over a year.

/Seeing Clutch next month for the first time, can't wait
//Would love to see Fiona Apple too

Maiden (read: Steve Harris) are very... English about their set-lists. If I have ANY complaint about them live, it's what you mentioned, Mr. Chainsaw. For instance, one of my all-time fave Maiden tunes is Sea of Madness off of Somewhere in Time. I would KILL to see it live, but they've never done it. I'm not even sure they did it on the SiT tour in '86. At this point in their career, they could literally play anything they wanted. I think much of it has to do with how much planning/work goes into coordinating the lights/sound/effect settings. Same with Rush.
 
2013-08-04 09:11:43 PM
Can't believe Dzhokhor Tsarnaev didn't make the list...
 
2013-08-04 09:28:45 PM
Sleigh farking Bells. Say what you will about  Reign of Terror being a weaker album than  Treats they do put on one hell of a great show. I've never been at a show with more energy. So good.
 
2013-08-04 09:34:04 PM
Tool is on there, but Puscifer should be. Maynard becomes much more interactive during Puscifer shows, and the visuals, though not as wild as during Tool concerts, are surreal at times. Plus, the characters in the songs are fantastic, as well as this last time bringing along Carina Round which helped make the entire set. Also, while not in my library, friends brought me along to a Rammstein concert and every damn song had impressive theatrics.

For those mentioning Iron Maiden, finally saw them recently and felt overly scripted and basic. Satisfying in terms of playing the songs and having a solid set, but otherwise was not not an experience any of us ever mention highlights from. Actually, I cannot think of a band where there aren't several highlights from the shows, but Iron Maiden I just kind of mention I went and saw them. Up the Irons and all that... but...
 
2013-08-04 09:34:57 PM
I'm not a huge fan of their music, but Wilco is really, really farking good live. If for nothing else, go see them just to watch Nels Cline wring every possible drop of sound out of his jazzmaster.
 
2013-08-04 09:37:25 PM

GibbyTheMole: As anyone who has ever seen the man can tell you, no Richard Thompson = crap list.


You get out of my head now! I was even going to post the exact same link. So I'll post Richard Thompson - Oops I Did It Again

Also I think Lady Gaga should be much, much higher.
 
2013-08-04 09:40:02 PM

Sgygus: Cheap Trick played Winter Park yesterday.  They brought the goods.


Saw them last year. Yes, they did.
 
2013-08-04 09:41:10 PM
Also, seeing Maiden outside the US helps. The two shows I went to last year were in Boston (well, Mansfield) and Montreal. The one in Boston was good, but the crowd only got into during the hits. Montreal was a completely different story; tons more energy from both the audience and the band. Bruce has been very vocal in the past about apathetic American audiences.
 
2013-08-04 09:45:10 PM
Prince - "He's a better guitarist than you are. He's a better singer than you are. He can dance better than you.  His songs are better than yours. You might have a better jump shot, though."

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"Game, biatches"
 
2013-08-04 09:51:37 PM
Tom Waits will be on this list until he dies.
 
2013-08-04 09:52:05 PM
Lots of big names on the list and not a lot of mid-majors. Reverend Horton Heat belongs on this list.
 
2013-08-04 10:13:17 PM
DIllinger Escape Plan is not in the top 10 or even on the list. List is mostly rolling stone top 40 wankery trash.
 
2013-08-04 10:18:57 PM
DBT? No. Roger Clyne? No. The Whigs? No. Gov't Mule? No.

Alright then. Another pretty useless list.
 
2013-08-04 10:24:22 PM
11 dollars to see Electric Six every fall at Middle East in Cambridge, MA.  awesome show each and every time.
 
2013-08-04 10:32:34 PM
No They Might Be Giants?  FAIL
 
2013-08-04 10:32:39 PM
The list fails without Weird Al Yankovic.
 
2013-08-04 10:34:18 PM

sarajlewis83: DBT? No. Roger Clyne? No. The Whigs? No. Gov't Mule? No.

Alright then. Another pretty useless list.


Yep. That read like a list of "bands we liked when we were kids and some token acts the cool kids told us to write in."
 
2013-08-04 10:38:23 PM
Metallica, a "well oiled machine"? Yeah, well, I guess that if you oil up a Yugo enough, it qualifies as well-oiled machine. I mean, I love Metallica, can still play most of their 80s-90s catalog in bass and rhythm guitar from muscle memory, but in 2013? Lars' timing went out a decade ago, he started watering down his parts in the 90s, and you can tell Kirk just mails it in at this time. And James' voice has gone.

/glad I caught some epic shows before their fall
 
2013-08-04 10:40:27 PM

NetOwl: The list fails without Weird Al Yankovic.


No joke - that band is awesome, and the show is amazing
 
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