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From the paper – the 20 best concerts on YouTube

Seating room only for the best concerts now streaming on your screen. Plus, bonus feature, some of the best selections from our readers

Mon, Oct 20, 2014, 09:41


If you want to see concerts by James Brown, The Rolling Stones, Future Islands, Rory Gallagher, Public Enemy, The Waterboys, John Coltrane, Miles Davis, Aretha Franklin and many more for free, step this way. YouTube has turned into a treasure trove of live music experiences from the past with thousands of great concerts available for all to see. I selected 20 unmissable shows from the archives in the paper at the weekend and you’ll find the piece (and links) here.

Irish Times’ readers have also been adding their selections to the piece all weekend and here are some of the best of them.

MrWoundedKnee: “Great list, but what about the last Waltz with Dylan / The Band / Neil Young?”

BPDub12: “Springsteen at Glastonbury in 2009 was one of the better Glasto headlining sets”

Neil Brophy: “Stevie Ray Vaughan, live at the El Mocambo. Excellent version of Voodoo Chile around the eight minute mark. Almost trumps Jimi himself.”

Simon Doyle: “in my humble opinion Talking Heads Live in Rome is a much better performance than the broadly similar set in Stop Making Sense – Adrian Belew is a force of nature”

BPDub12: “I’ve seen Iggy Pop numerous times over the years and this 1991 Paris gig is tremendous. Pure energy from start to finish. Bono would probably experience the ‘rapture’ if he ever saw this performance.”

Graham Carr: “The Ex & Brass Unbound: Coldweather: Live in Dublin. Met the band at Primavera Sound, they said they were really proud of this and back in Dublin next year.”

Niall Byrne: “the most punk footage ever – Fear, live in San Francisco, 1980 (from The Decline of Western Civilisation documentary, only 4 songs but a masterclass in crowd-baiting)”

Simon Doyle: “have you seen the legendary Fela Kuti Live in Berlin – Berliner Jazztage 1978? By all accounts the highest quality available concert footage, of this amazing live performer”

Starta Winter: “I’ll just leave “James Brown – Soul Train” here”

Backpack Pressure: “Parquet Courts in a Texas bike shop”

Tommy Newman: “OK, all the top ones are gone so here’s one with a slower tempo but an excellent concert all the same – if you like John Prine that is.”