US Greatest Concerts of the Last 50 Years

All types of concerts take place these days all over the world. However, the most spectacular ones were and still are without a doubt in the United States. In the past, there were some of the most exciting and greatest musical events that remained in the history of the US. We will talk about some of them in the following.


The Clash, United States Festival, 1983

Steve Wozniak, the Apple co-founder, launches the United States festival in the early 80’s, with the main purpose to bring together music and technology as well. He actually booked the Clash in order to headline in 1983 the ”New Wave Night”, and while it hasn’t been the best gig the legendary punk band ever played, it was probably the angriest. In between snarling renditions of classics such as ”I’m so Born with the USA” and ”Know Your Rights”, Joe Strummer the famous singer berated the audience while Mick Jones radiated angst.

The Beatles, New York’s Shea Stadium

Their concert on August 15th ,1965 at New York’s Shea Stadium definitely marked their biggest event at the time and a turning point for the band which would retire from live performance just a year later. The Beatles would retreat to the studio a short time after the concert which has been filmed and broadcast across the entire world and create the masterpieces that would have a huge impact on the second part of their career and everything else that followed.

Jimi Hendrix, Monterey Pop Festival, June 18, 1967

There is no doubt that Jimi Hendrix generated some crazy buzz at the 3-day Monterey Pop Festival when he took the stage during its final hours. The debut album, ”Are You Experienced” had just been on the market, and the concert actually helped usher in a new and excellent wave of rock music during the Summer of Love. Jimi Hendrix finished his set with an amazing cover of the Troggs ”Wild Thing”, complete with the excellent guitar acrobatics that got him noticed. But it was the final act that actually made him a star, and that involved dry humping his instrument, setting it on fire and then smashing it on stage.

The Rolling Stones, Altamont Speedway, December 6, 1969

This is another epic concert that took place in the United States, in Altamont Speedway, California, to be more precise. The concert is not remembered only for the music but for the entire atmosphere as well, which was extremely vibrant. The show was a free one and included several performances as well. For example, Santana, Jefferson Airplane, and Flying Burrito Brothers were present as well, in addition to the Stones’ headlining set.


All the above United States concerts were greatest at that time and they remained in history not only because of the exceptional music but due to the entire show itself and the crazy and vibrant atmosphere. If you do some research about them you will certainly find lots of interesting things about these concerts and therefore you will highly improve your musical knowledge.

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