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:
Jimmy Cliff & Tim Armstrong @ Coachella 2012
Reggae had long been an influence on Rancid, and in 2012, Tim Armstrong got to live out a dream by producing and co-writing reggae legend Jimmy Cliff's first album in eight years, Rebirth, which was indeed a rebirth -- it sounded like classic Jimmy Cliff, it was met with tons of acclaim, and it helped land Jimmy his Coachella debut (which actually happened a few months before the album came out). Tim was in Jimmy's band at the festival, and they sounded fantastic during their set which included some new songs from the album; classics like "Many Rivers to Cross," "Vietnam," and (of course) "The Harder They Come"; a reggae cover of Rancid's "Ruby Soho" (which they also recorded for Rebirth); and Jimmy Cliff's version of "I Can See Clearly Now." The full set isn't on YouTube, but this playlist compiles most of it, and it's very worth watching. [Andrew Sacher]
Converge's 'Blood Moon' w/ Chelsea Wolfe @ Roadburn 2016
Converge are often known for heavy, in-your-face music, but they've also got a softer side, and for their Blood Moon shows in 2016, they leaned into that side of them for an entire set. They had an expanded lineup of the band, which included longtime pal (and onetime actual Converge member) Stephen Brodsky (Cave In, Mutoid Man, etc) for the full set, as well as Chelsea Wolfe and her frequent collaborator Ben Chisholm for the second half of the set. The result is something that's an entirely different beast than a normal Converge show and than a normal Chelsea Wolfe show, but just as captivating in its own way. To read much more about this project, I recommend Ian Cory's in-depth Blood Moon feature from 2016, and I also recommend diving into this killer video that Max Volume Silence shot at Roadburn 2016. [Andrew Sacher]
Adam & The Ants - "The Prince Charming Revue' 1982
Here are Adam & The Ants in all their swashbuckling glory, touring for their final album, Prince Charming. This is the second lineup of the Ants -- after Malcom McLaren talked Dave Barbarossa, Matthew Ashman and Leigh Gorman into quitting and forming Bow Wow Wow -- featuring the great Marco Pironi on guitar and with that signature twin-drummer attack, they sound great. (You get most of the big hits, too, from "Dog Eat Dog" and "Antmusic" to "Kings of the Wild Fronier" and "Ant Rap.") It's Adam's show and this video (which was released on VHS back in the day) throws in some slow motion and other effects that really play up his pop stardom. [Bill Pearis]
The Damned @ Whisky A-Go-Go 3/2/1982
As good as The Damned still are, it's hard to beat the days when Rat Scabies was on drums as you can see at this 1982 show at L.A.'s Whiskey. The oomph he brings is instantly apparent, as he literally attacks his kit ("Wait for the Blackout" is an early standout and showcase for Rat.) Lots of classics at this show: "I Just Can't Be Happy Today," "Melody Lee," "Love Song," "New Rose," "Smash it Up" and more, and of course Dave Vanian, Captain Sensible and Paul Gray are in top notch form, too. [Bill Pearis]
St. Vincent & Andrew Bird @ La Blogotheque's Soirée de Poche - April 2009
St. Vincent and Andrew Bird went on tour together in North America in the fall of 2009, and before that, they played this very intimate "pocket party" for La Blogotheque, the video producers behind the Take Away Show series. It features Andrew playing three songs from Noble Beast, which was released in January of that year, followed by St. Vincent playing a song each from Marry Me and Actor (which wouldn't come out until the next month), accompanied by Andrew on violin. It's a gorgeous collaboration, the stuff of dreams, and we only wish it went on even longer. [Amanda Hatfield]
Check out pictures of The Damned at Irving Plaza in 2018 in the gallery below.
For more of our favorite live videos, head here.