Music concerts have been around for centuries. But it wasn’t until the 1900s that they became the massive, sell-out stadium events we know them as today. At their core, music concerts are about coming together to enjoy great music, and nothing brings people closer than a live performance. Whether you’re listening to your favorite band or watching a symphony orchestra, there’s something very special about seeing live music performed in front of you. Many people will have fond memories of attending their first concert with friends or family. And while every concert is different, some common themes crop up again and again. This list covers some of the most entertaining music concerts in history.
The Beatles: Live at Shea Stadium
One of the most famous concerts in history was the Beatles’ performance at Shea Stadium in New York City in August 1965. Around 55,000 people attended the concert, which was a part of the band’s “fans-first” strategy to promote their latest album, “Rubber Soul.” The band played for more than two hours. This wasn’t a normal set of Beatles songs; it was the band experimenting with sounds and sounds they were really excited about. The Beatles had only performed three other concerts in the US before this one. But those concerts were in smaller venues that held only around 3,000 fans. So at Shea Stadium, the band was playing to thousands of people they’d never seen before. The Beatles’ manager, Brian Epstein, wanted the band to wear formal suits for the concert. But the Beatles insisted on wearing their mop-top haircuts and casual clothing.
Woodstock Music Festival
The Woodstock Music Festival took place in 1969 and was one of the most memorable concerts in history. Held in Bethel, New York, the festival featured legends like The Grateful Dead, Janis Joplin, Bob Dylan, and Jimi Hendrix. The festival is most famous for the huge crowd of 400,000 people that attended. Due to the massive number of people at the event, there were some serious health and safety issues. There were also some pretty wild rumors about what happened there. In reality, the atmosphere was largely positive. Fans were respectful of the artists and each other. The organizers tried to keep things clean, and there was very little drug use. And although the Woodstock Music Festival might be the most famous concert in history because of the size of the crowd, it was also notable because of the circumstances behind it. The concert was thrown together very quickly, and it was never meant to go down as a huge event.
Pink Floyd’s Dark Side of the Moon Live
One of the most memorable concerts in history was Pink Floyd’s performance of “Dark Side of the Moon” in its entirety. The band performed the album live in its entirety for only the second time ever in October 1973. The performance took place at London’s Rainbow Theater and was a part of the band’s “Dark Side of the Moon” Tour. Some of the sounds from inside the theater were recorded, and are now available as a bootleg recording. The concert was Pink Floyd’s way of promoting their new album and was an interesting experiment. The band played the entire album without interruption. They also had an accompanying light show and an inflatable pig flying above the crowd.
Michael Jackson, Prince, and The Jackson 5 in Concert Together
On September 24, 1984, Michael Jackson and The Jacksons played a concert with Prince at the Great Western Forum in Los Angeles. Prince was just 28 years old at the time and was an up-and-coming artist. The concert was part of Prince’s “Around the World in a Day” tour. It featured Prince’s famous band, the Revolution, and The Jacksons, who were touring to promote their “Victory” album. The concert was a full-blown ’80s-themed party. Prince wore a black and gold Egyptian-themed outfit. There were also sets from other artists like Stevie Wonder, Sheena Easton, and the group The Pointer Sisters.
Bon Jovi: Live in Utrecht
In August 1991, the New Jersey rock band Bon Jovi played their “Keep the Faith” tour at the Ahoy stadium in Utrecht, the Netherlands. The concert would go down in history as one of the most entertaining concerts in history. The band played a total of 24 songs, including three encores. They sang for an incredible five hours straight. Over 60,000 fans attended the concert. In the middle of the set, lead singer Jon Bon Jovi broke his leg as he jumped into the crowd. The band continued to perform with an injury and even dedicated their last encore to the people of Iraq.
Music concerts have been around for centuries, but it wasn’t until the 1900s that they became the massive, sell-out stadium events we know them as today. The most memorable music concerts are the ones that brought people together, while also pushing the envelope artistically. This list covers some of the most entertaining music concerts in history. These concerts were famous not only because of the music played but because of the interesting circumstances that happened during them.