amazing live videos of OutKast, Talk Talk, Death Cab & 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:
OutKast @ The Apollo in 1996 & Teen Summit in 1997
Big Boi and Andre 3000 are great on their own, and it was a real treat when they reunited OutKast in 2014 (even if it was also a little awkward), but there was nothing like the chemistry they had together during their '90s heyday. Their voices came together to create something that could never exist when they were apart, and you could tell they actually liked being on stage with each other back then too. I can't find full concert videos of OutKast back in the day, but here's one of them at The Apollo in '96 and a performance on BET's Teen Summit in '97, both of which capture the magic of OutKast in their prime. [Andrew Sacher]
Talk Talk @ Montreux Jazz Fest, 1986
Though they'd make two more albums, Talk Talk stopped touring after 1986's The Colour of Spring. Here they are on that tour, playing the 1986 Montreux Jazz Festival. Core members Mark Hollis, Paul Webb, and Lee Harris were augmented by five other musicians making their rich, Big '80s sound really come alive for this set that included their hits "Dum Dum Girl," "It's My Life," Talk Talk," "Life's What You Make it," "Living in Another World" and more.
Death Cab For Cutie @ The Social, Orlando - 2/17/2001
Ben Gibbard's livestreams continue to give me something to look forward to each week during this quarantine, and since last week's stream was a We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes 20th anniversary set, I've had that era of Death Cab stuck in my head a lot lately so here's a video of them from February 2001. This was still months before The Photo Album came out, but they played almost all of that album, as well as plenty of Facts songs ("Title Track," "Company Calls Epilogue," "For What Reason," "405") and some stuff from The Forbidden Love EP and Something About Airplanes too. The video quality may not be the best, but it still manages to bring you right back to when Death Cab were a modest, rising band playing 200-cap clubs. [Andrew Sacher]
Supergrass @ Glastonbury 2004
Supergrass were supposed to have been in the U.S. this month playing their first shows here in 10 years, and they were to have played Glastonbury this summer, among other dates. Neither of those are happening now, thanks to coronavirus, so let's rewind to 2004 when Supergrass played Glastonbury, part of their 10th anniversary tour. Festival sets are always packed with favorites and this is no different, including "Alright," "Pumping on Your Stereo," "Sun Hits the Sky," "Moving," "Lenny," and "Rush Hour Soul." We do hope we'll see them later this year.
FKA Twigs @ Koninklijk Theater Carré, Amsterdam, 12/3/2019
If the festival hadn't been postponed, we likely would've been watching a livestream of FKA twigs' weekend one Coachella set over the weekend (unless, that is, you were in Indio seeing it in person). Her tour supporting Magdalene, one of our favorite albums of 2019, is an audio-visual feast, a true stage show rich with choreography and costumes, and one hardly needs an excuse to revisit it. [Amanda Hatfield]
For more of our favorite live videos, head here.