I am a big fan of live music and I've seen a lot of live music over the years. I've been in big places with thousands of fans and dingy nightclubs with a dozen or so.
The second thing I love beside live music is video of live music performances. I think of the Roy Orbison "A Black and White Night," Los Lonely Boys from Austin six or seven years ago, The Who from Royal Albert Hall.
I think hours spent watching these videos are hours well spent.
Recently a friend sent me a video clip of what he called the greatest single live performance in history. After watching it, even though it's only about 20 minutes long, I think I might agree.
It's the performance of Freddie Mercury and Queen during the Live Aid concert in 1985 at Wembley Stadium in London.
With a four-octave voice and an impeccable sense of time, Mercury was an absolute marvel. When you talk about a performer establishing a connection with his audience, this video is the living example of that.
The sound of 72,000 people singing along in the background as Mercury slid and slipped through the opening of "Bohemian Rhapsody," sends chills down my spine.
Here's a link. Take 20 minutes and watch it. Then tell us at OnMilwaukee.com about the videos you love as much.
I would have LOVED to see Queen live....not many groups sound good live...however I did see The Eagles live and they were fantastic!
That's pretty much the greatest 20 minutes of concert you'll ever watch.
Seeing Pink Floyd together at Live 8 several years ago was amazing since they've not done anything with Waters as part of PF since before I was born. As someone who got into Pink Floyd in middle school and JUST missed the legendary tour to support The Division Bell (which included Dark Side of the Moon...the whole album) I was just thrilled to get a few songs from such a great band.
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