amazing live videos of Hole, Beastie Boys & more to watch while every show is cancelled
Basically no shows are happening due to the coronavirus outbreak (though some artists are doing livestreams instead), but if you’re already jonesing to see a show, or just need a brief distraction from the insanity of the world right now, thankfully there’s YouTube which has an amazing array of live footage from throughout the history of pop music, from clips from concert films, TV performances and other pro-shot footage, to tons of fan-shot video from shows. If you’re looking for a place to start, we’ve been picking some of our favorites. Here are five more:
Hole @ Rathskellar in Boston, MA in 1991
As great as Hole were in the much-loved Live Through This era, the rawer, punkier, noisier, more discordant sounds of their Kim Gordon/Don Fleming-produced 1991 debut LP Pretty on the Inside remains a beast of its own, unlike anything else Hole or Courtney Love have done since. Not only is the album totally intense, but Hole were a force to be reckoned with on stage in this era. They were perfectly sloppy, and Courtney's screams were out of this world. The way this video was shot might make you a little dizzy at times, but it's so worth it. [Andrew Sacher]
Beastie Boys @ Club Citta in Kawasaki, Japan - 9/19/1992
Beastie Boys followed their classic, sample-heavy, 1989 sophomore album Paul's Boutique with another classic, 1992's Check Your Head, which saw them bringing back the live instrumentation and punk influence of their very early material and fusing it with the brash, shouty hip hop that made them famous. When they supported that album on tour, they not only brought that live instrumentation to the stage, they also reintroduced some of their punk songs into their sets for the first time since the early '80s (like "Egg Raid on Mojo," "Michelle's Farm," and "Holy Snappers," which were all played at this show). Those songs fit right in with the hip hop stuff, and the energy on stage was just absolutely insane from start to finish. This era of the band was truly special, and we're lucky it's been immortalized with great footage like this. RIP MCA. [Andrew Sacher]
Lorde @ Life is Beautiful, Las Vegas, NV - 9/22/2017
Lorde sent out a letter yesterday teasing new music that she's working on with Melodrama producer Jack Antonoff -- "The work is so fucking good, my friend. I am truly jazzed for you to hear it." That's exciting news, and in honor of that, and to whet your anticipation further for new Lorde, here's a video from her 2017 performance at Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas. Lorde is a commanding, mesmerizing presence on huge stages, and this set is no exception, filmed just a few months after Melodrama's release. [Amanda Hatfield]
The Selecter on Follies 1980
UK ska greats The Selecter have the distinction of being on the first 7" single 2-Tone Records ever released, sharing a split with The Specials. They don't have quite the same cache as The Specials but they were great group -- and still are, they continue to this day -- with a unique sound within the 2-Tone scene and classic singles like "Too Much Pressure," "On My Radio" and "Three Minute Hero." Here they are in their 1980 prime on Belgian television show Follies. The Selecter really had it all -- the look, the sound, the tunes. [Bill Pearis]
Air @ Sydney Opera House 7/7/2017
French duo Air took the first half of the 2010s off, but when they came back, they did it in supreme style. This was for Sydney, Australia's annual Vivid Live festival series, and they sound -- and look -- absolutely phenomenal, with Jean-Benoit Dunckel, Nicolas Godin and a fantastic band brining their lush, loungey sounds to life. This show was pro-shot and the live mix is especially pristine. [Bill Pearis]
Check out pictures of Lorde from Governors Ball 2017 in the gallery below.
For more of our favorite live videos, head here.