amazing live videos of Deafheaven, The Roots, OMD & 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:
War @ The Civic Theatre in Halifax, UK - 4/19/1980
War did just about everything -- funk, soul, psychedelia, rock, reggae, Afrobeat, blues harmonica solos, jazz sax solos, the works -- and that was all on display at this 1980 UK show (filmed and released on DVD in 2007), which included classics from all throughout their '70s era like "Spill the Wine," "Low Rider," "Cisco Kid," "Gypsy Man," "Me and My Baby Brother," "Why Can't We Be Friends," and more, and plenty of trippy, jammy freakouts too. [Andrew Sacher]
The Roots (ft. Erykah Badu) @ Woodstock '99
Woodstock '99 had a lot of issues, but one thing that (mostly) went right was The Roots' fantastic set. The band was locked-in and sounded as massive as you need to on a big festival stage like this, and Black Thought's rhymes were as sharp on stage as they are on the studio (even if he got a little miffed at the sound guy). And just when you think it can't get any better, Erykah Badu comes out towards the end to sing her parts on an extended, jammed-out version of "You Got Me" (that incorporated parts of The Roots' Common collaboration "Cold Blooded" which would come out on Common's Like Water for Chocolate the following year). She immediately became one with the band, and she sounded as terrific as they already had all day. [Andrew Sacher]
OMD @ Rotterdam Ahoy 10/26/1985
While you can point to Belinda Carlisle and Molly Ringwald for making the "'80s Dance" a thing, some credit has to be given to OMD frontan Andy McCluskey who could rock that swaying move while also playing the bass. It's a big part of the synthpop icons' charm to this day. OMD always had a leg up on the competition by mixing all the keyboards with real drums and bass, not to mention an abundance of bangers like "Enola Gay," "Messages," Secret," "So In Love," "Locomotion" and more. All those are played at this Greenpeace benefit in Holland. Bill Pearis
Moloko @ Brixton Academy 11/22/2003
Moloko were not just musical duo but also a romantic one and when Roisin Murphy and Mark Brydon's relationship fizzled out, so did the group with 2003's Statues which is a musical document of the breakup. It was arguably their best album, scoring UK hits with "Familiar Feeling" and "Forever More," and despite the romantic friction they put on a showstopping live tour, giving their many great songs the full band treatment, with a dazzling lightshow to boot. That's all icing on the cake, though, when you've got Roisin Murphy who could dazzle in the dark, but for this show -- the last stop on thier Statues tour -- she pulls out all the stops with myriad costume changes, boundless energy, and dance moves that river her powerful pipes. [Bill Pearis]
Deafheaven @ Bottom of the Hill, San Francisco, CA - 7/15/2013
This San Francisco show was recorded days after the release of Deafheaven's acclaimed sophomore album, Sunbather, and finds the band in excellent form, playing most of the new songs. George Clarke is a charismatic force, full of menace as he shrieks and reaches into the crowd to a background of enveloping metal and shoegaze. [Amanda Hatfield]
Check out pictures of Deafheaven at Wrecking Ball in 2016 in the gallery below.
For more of our favorite live videos, head here.