Ah, YouTube. Treasure in every corner, especially live music performances. Here are a few I dig. This will be a regular feature...
The Killers: Read My Mind
When The Killers hit the right groove, their songs just flow. A little Springsteen with a dash of U2 but totally Killer-unique.
Betchadupa and Eddie Vedder: History Never Repeats
Crowded House are one of my favorite bands ever. I think Neil Finn is an extraordinary songwriter. Before that he led Splitz Enz who are also great. Turns out Neil's son Liam is a huge Pearl Jam fan and they were able to get Eddie Vedder down under to play with both Neil and later (seen here) with Liam's band Betchadupa. They cover Splitz Enz's "History Never Repeats".
AC/DC: Highway to Hell
Who doesn't love AC/DC? I think Back in Black was the first album I ever bought on my own. This video is so great because it gives you a sense of how wonderful it is to be a rock star. Look at how insane this crowd in Buenos Aires is. They literally sing the guitar parts. I'm not sure how the stage was left standing. We're talking earthquake movements by this audience.
U2: Out Of Control
Yes, I'm sure you know by now but U2 are probably my favorite band ever. I've seen every tour since The Unforgettable Fire. I love them for many reasons. Their music. The fact they stayed together and are close friends. And most of all... their live shows can be epic. I prefer them in an arena above all else. But this show was special. Beautifully shot by director Hamish Hamilton at Slate Castle in Ireland. They perform their first single "Out of Control" as if it's the night years ago when they first played it live. This time though they are infinitely better musicians rocking a loving hometown crowd and Bono get's some storytelling in of course. Another great example of an audience lifting a show to new heights.