Hearing songs on the radio or on an iPod are one thing, but seeing a band deliver in person is the greatest musical experience. Great concerts acts have come and gone through the years but here are the five best concert acts still performing today.
Arenas aren’t always the best venues for big name bands, but Muse is an exception. With an enclosed space, the wizards behind the British rock band create one of the most incredible concert experiences imaginable. Combining props, lighting and 80’s lasers; Muse amazes live audiences with their power techno rock. The Resistance Tour was a spectacle to say the least with three ceiling high towers moving the band members up and down to the rhythm of the music. It’s hard to predict how they will top themselves with the upcoming 2nd Law Tour, but it will surely be a sight to behold.
The Black Keys
There’s no fluff to a Black Keys concert, the biggest addition are touring musicians to the official Black Keys duo of Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney. With four musicians on stage, the group is able to recreate their album hits to a tee, with no degradation of sound. The mark of a great artist is one that can consistently sound amazing without any dubbing, auto tuning or pre-recording. The Black Keys have proven that when live in concert, they are up to the challenge.
The Flaming Lips
Circus, menagerie, chaos, those would all be appropriate ways to describe the Oklahoma band live. Front man Wayne Coyne is literally insane, but also genius in his handling of live shows. While the music plays, the eyes are treated to a visual feast with all imaginations stretched to comprehend the visual spectacle before one’s eyes. It isn’t quite possible to put into words a Flaming Lips concert, only attendance can do justice to this bands’ performance ability.
The Foo Fighters
The Foo Fighters are arguably the most quintessential rock band of the past two decades. Despite touring for more than 15 years, every show seems like a special one to fans in attendance, and the band members themselves. Dave Grohl and company have the very rare gift of enjoying their own concerts from first song to last. With more than 100 songs in their arsenal, they always find a way to pick the exact right combination of new and old, original and cover to engage the audience fully. Not to mention their encores last more than a half an hour, typically finishing an extremely satisfying concert for all.
The Rolling Stones
The Stones are fifty years old, and yet they are still performing. While Keith Richards and Mick Jagger aren’t quite as up for stage dives, they still put on one amazing performance. The Stones mix from their old and new, and with an upcoming anniversary tour, they are sure to play all their hits, plus some of their greatest deep cuts. Jagger and Richards won’t be around forever, but while they are performing, it’s definitely worth it to see them live at least once.
Sources: Paul Harris and Alastair Glennie, Rolling back 50 years: After countless hits (and even more wrinkles) the Stones mark 1962 debut, Daily Mail.co.uk