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Greatest Music Concerts Of All Time: Throwback to a Time When Vibes and Guitar Solos

Music concerts are always loud. Musicians pull crowds of fans and music lovers for a special reason: experiencing a live performance is very different from hearing the same song on TV or one’s phone. Some concerts are just far too outstanding to be forgotten. From the unbelievably large audience to the raw and crazy vibes, these concerts are the greatest of all time.

Cream Farewell Tour

It’s never easy to say goodbye, and this concert proved that perfectly. After trying multiple times to settle differences between two bandmates, Jack Bruce and Ginger Baker, Cream had to break up in 1968. Well, their farewell tour was epic.

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Baker, Clapton, and Bruce beautifully soloed under the psychedelic lights in Fillmore in San Francisco. Their 20-minute “Spoonful” performance at Madison Square Garden was also iconic. From the sight to the sound, it was a farewell to remember.

The Who Musical Concert

The Who had a one-of-a-kind musical performance in England in 1970. The band members didn’t like their recent U.S. tour recordings, so they wanted something more original. So they went back to their roots, and they had a powerful performance.

The Who performed almost 40 songs at the University of Leeds to over 2,000 fans. The 15-minute performance of “My Generation” was an unforgettable one. The band felt 100% happy to be in England, which only enhanced the vibes.

Elton John’s Troubadour Concert

Before his concert, Elton John was just a regular pop singer with excessively oiled hair and thick glasses who had just changed his name from Reginald Dwight. But he became a musical idol by the end of the 6-day show.

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He played his most famous album tracks, like “Sixty Years On,” with so much energy that he knocked the piano bench over. Leon Russell, whom Elton adored, was in the front row on the second day. Word spread about his performance, and the audience filled the 300-capacity club.

James Brown at Boston

Just after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr., James Brown’s 1968 show was supposed to be canceled due to the unrest that rocked the major cities of the United States. It’s a good thing the concert took place.

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James‘ performance at the Boston Garden was broadcast on TV to keep people at home. The show didn’t just have musical significance. It had a significant relevance to American culture. His performance indirectly subdued the riots.

The Monterey Pop Festival

This 3-day music festival at the Monterey County Fairgrounds in Monterey, California allowed music fans to enjoy different voices from diverse groups. Between June 16 and 18, 1967, this festival rocked the whole city, and it remains a major highlight of the decade.

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The festival consisted of soul, rock, and folk from Otis Redding, Laura Nyro, Jefferson Airplane, The Jimi Hendrix Experience, and Ravi Shankar, to mention a few. It was a legendary performance that depicted the unity in music across different genres.

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