Most of us have been several memorable concerts in our lifetime, whether they’re traditional rock shows, comedy shows, or even classical music. Each one of us likely has a concert by which we’ve associated fond memories. I saw Billy Joel when I was a very young child, but I’ll never forget it, but my most memorable performer that I’ve ever seen live happened in January of 2018 when I saw (and got to meet) Henry Rollins. At the show in January, Rollins was showing some of his incredible travel photographs coupled with the stories associated with that travel. An extremely charismatic speaker, Henry was able to show the audience pictures of impoverished nations, war-ravaged countries, and the people of the world that he has met. That show will stay with me forever, as will his images.
However, Rollins isn’t for everyone. He knows that and I know that. There are several performers that make a short list of people you should probably see live at some point in your life, whether you’re a die hard fan or not.
Most of these people are known for incredible showmanship and the ability to span generations. Think Michael Jackson, Tom Petty, or Prince, had they not passed away.
The Bucket List
Elton John –Whether you’re a huge Elton fan or not, get your butt to the next concert he offers in your area. You won’t regret it. He is such a charismatic and energetic performer that you’ll be singing along in no time. His tickets are expensive but well worth the price to hear this legend perform live.
Bruce Springsteen –This is another artist that you don’t necessarily have to love to enjoy his shows. Everyone knows a couple good Springsteen songs and you’ll find yourself screaming along with Born in the U.S.A. with rest of the crowd as he is an incredible showman.
The Rolling Stones –To be able to see Mick Jagger still putting his all into a performance at his age is humbling, to say the least. To see Satisfaction performed live is moving. So quick, before they stop touring for good, get out and go see the Rolling Stones perform live. You won’t regret spending the money at all.
Neil Young –You don’t have to agree with him politically to really enjoy his stage show. He puts on an incredible show, throwing himself into the whole thing. He never holds back, he never lets up, and from start, to finish, he is giving you his heart and soul on that stage.
U2 –U2 is an incredibly polarizing band; some people love them and the rest hate them. There really isn’t any in between. If you’re in the hating community, it would still be recommended that you give them a shot, because once they start singing the classics and they still sound as good, you may just change your mind.
It’s hard to want to expand your horizons in terms of musicians you plan to see live. Some of us are so set in our ways about what music we like and what we’re willing to listen to, but for one of these acts, it’s best to abandon that which we think we know. Give something unfamiliar a shot and treat yourself to some of the best shows you’ll ever see.