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2012-03-16 10:47:35 AM  
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2012-03-16 01:39:59 PM  
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2012-03-16 01:17:28 PM  
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Deslidified, for your enjoyment (^)

Missing, presumed awesome..
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Although, technically, I guess it's a concertS film.


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2012-03-16 01:00:21 PM  
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Arriving Somewhere by Porcupine Tree is Awesome.

/my $.02
2012-03-16 11:25:46 AM  
2 votes:
No Flight 666?
2012-03-18 02:43:21 PM  
1 vote:

SkylineRecords: The Last Waltz IS the greatest concert film of all time. Queen's "Live at Wembley" is OKAY, but suffers on the fact that Freddie couldn't sing like he did in the studio. "Bohemian Rhapsody" is amazing on that one though.

Watch Queen in Montreal and tell me freddie couldn't sing like the records
2012-03-17 03:09:11 AM  
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People get this strange phobia for listening to anything new that's not being played on Clear Channel (If it was really good Clear Channel would be pounding it through our heads 24/7")

YOU need to decide what you like. Screw these soulless 65 year old golf buddies who like to decide what you get to listen to.
2012-03-16 10:08:35 PM  
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Some favorites of mine.

Opeth - Lamentations, actually you could pretty much put all their Live DVDs on here but Lamentations is a little more special since it's the only one with Martin Lopez. I have a soft spot for Closure.

Metallica's Live shiat Binge and Purge is a very fun concert to watch as well.

I could go on and on but my favorites at the moment would be

Porcupine Tree - Anesthetize
Dream Theater - Live At Budokan
Blackfield - Live In NYC
Queensryche - Operation Livecrime
Liquid Tension Experiment - Live In NYC
Iron Maiden - Live After Death & Flight 666
Riverside - Reality Dream

Great performances and excellent footage shot.
2012-03-16 06:08:28 PM  
1 vote:

Nix Nightbird: /+1 to those who know the show and the year.

I remember watching a show from that tour on HBO at the time. Even as a kid I had a strong sense that it sucked.

/own a Glass Spider tour T-Shirt
//wear it ironically when I'm feeling like a hipster
2012-03-16 05:43:33 PM  
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Nix Nightbird: [livedesignonline.com image 500x333]

/+1 to those who know the show and the year.

Glass Spider. I saw that show. Lots of fun and the cheery picker didn't get stuck that time.
2012-03-16 05:27:54 PM  
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Nix Nightbird: [livedesignonline.com image 500x333]

/+1 to those who know the show and the year.

Glass Spider, '87
2012-03-16 05:22:12 PM  
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2012-03-16 02:33:27 PM  
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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 02:18:07 PM  
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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 02:01:35 PM  
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2012-03-16 01:49:45 PM  
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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 01:47:23 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 01:37:53 PM  
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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 01:36:19 PM  
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I'm not a HUGE Neil Young fan, but the list fails without "Rust Never Sleeps."

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2012-03-16 01:27:32 PM  
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2012-03-16 01:26:34 PM  
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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 01:20:02 PM  
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2012-03-16 01:14:29 PM  
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SkylineRecords: Queen's "Live at Wembley" is OKAY, but suffers on the fact that Freddie couldn't sing like he did in the studio.

You know, there are times when I prefer the live Queen recordings to the studio versions. They trade hermetic perfection for the sheer energy Freddie could generate in a crowd (and the crowd in him).
2012-03-16 12:54:10 PM  
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2012-03-16 12:53:22 PM  
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If we're counting straight-up concert filming without documentary, Queen at Wembley '86.
2012-03-16 12:49:17 PM  
1 vote:
Baby Snakes
Hendrix in the West
Rust Never Sleeps
Any Grateful Dead movie
2012-03-16 12:42:52 PM  
1 vote:
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.
2012-03-16 12:40:39 PM  
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2012-03-16 12:35:00 PM  
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2012-03-16 12:31:18 PM  
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skammie: No, it fails without Let There Be Rock

Crap....how could I forget.

/Fails without both.
//Also fails without Cheap Trick @ Budokan.
2012-03-16 12:20:08 PM  
1 vote:
My own personal rankings of the 10 best concert films:

#1: Stop Making Sense

#2 through #10: everything else
2012-03-16 10:46:28 AM  
1 vote:
The Sigur Rós concert film "Heima" made me want to visit Iceland, apart from the fact that I just like Sigur Rós.
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