For a lot of musicians in the rock scene, their claim to fame was creating and selling a fantastic album that millions of people loved. But this isn’t the case for all famous musicians, and many others gained their fame by putting on some of the best live performances that the world has ever seen.
These are musicians that created their own, eternal legacies by giving their fans the experience of live shows that were unforgettable, to the point where some of them became the stuff of legends. The presence of these bands on stage was enough to drive fans into a craze, and many of these musicians became almost god-like to the people that followed and watched their shows.
The Doors played at the Dinner Key Auditorium in Miami on the 1st of March 1969. It was a time when lead singer Jim Morrison was an extremely active user of hard drugs and alcohol, especially before and even during his performances, and it has a memorable impact on the live shows the band put on. Their show at the Dinner Key has became especially infamous thanks to Morrison’s screaming at the audience and the police, but what truly cemented the infamy of the show was him exposing himself to his audience, who by that stage had been riled up into a frenzy. It’s a thought that would make most want to stay at home and watch some TV or play online New Zealand casino games instead.
The Beatles were the band that changed the world, and are still considered the best band of all time. This was no difference back when they first gained popularity, and it was a phenomenon that swept the globe. They were not fond of performing live shows due to the fact that they couldn’t hear themselves over the screaming fans. But on the 15th of August 1965, they decided to put on a show at Shea Stadium, New York, which was broadcast around the world. It set entire new records for attendance, and changed the band forever. One year later, and the band would never perform live again.
There are very few people that haven’t heard of Woodstock. Taking place between August 15 and 18 in 1969, it was the biggest festival of its kind, and the pinnacle of an era where peace, music, and drugs were all the rage. The Woodstock Music and Art Fair was unlike anything the world had ever seen, and saw some of the best artists of the time playing their hearts out for a massive audience.
Originally intended as a small gathering of musicians, the idea exploded around the US, eventually attracting over 400,000 people from every walk of life. Some of the performers at the concern included Stills & Nash, Santana, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, Janis Joplin, Joan Baez, Ario Guthrie, and many, many more. It was a once-in-a-century event that has yet to be successfully replicated.