The 2000s birthed some of our favorite bands of all time, and those acts gifted us with some astounding live albums, spotlighting a certain time in each band’s history. Records like these show the viewer a more in-depth, behind-the-minds feel.
The Used – Berth
This certified gold release hears a set from the Used’s Vancouver performance on the Taste Of Chaos tour in 2005. Besides the show, the DVD includes footage about In Love And Death, their world tour and other footage while offering fans an exclusive preview of “Pretty Handsome Awkward” months before Lies For The Liars was released in 2007. With the original footage that was filmed for Berth going missing, the Used had to come up with fresh ideas that became the final product we all know and love, featuring futuristic looks inside their catalog. This alone makes Berth a rarity that most bands never offer their fans, making it one of our all-time favorite live albums.
Paramore – The Final Riot!
Paramore released two live albums in 2008, Live In The UK and The Final Riot! The former was a two-disc album featuring 14 songs from the band’s first two albums. The Final Riot!, on the other hand, was a CD/DVD combo, with the tracklist containing one more song than the former. The songs were recorded at their Congress Theater show in Chicago from Aug. 12, 2008 during their summer tour. The DVD portion sees the Congress Theater show as well as a documentary called 40 Days Of Riot and other clips of Paramore during the tour, highlighting the album that threw Paramore into both the mainstream light and our hearts forever.
Fall Out Boy – Live In Phoenix
Fall Out Boy dropped their first live album, Live In Phoenix, on April Fools’ Day in 2008. It could be purchased as a CD/DVD combo or bought individually. The set took place during their 2007 Honda Civic tour on the June 22 stop in Phoenix at the Cricket Pavilion. The CD contains 15 songs, while the DVD holds 22, with one being a drum solo from Andy Hurley. The Chicago pop-punk favorites threw in a handful of covers in their setlist, including ones of Panic! At The Disco, Akon, Timbaland and more. Live In Phoenix is a key reminder of why we love live albums so much, as it blends both covers and original favorites while showcasing a prehiatus Fall Out Boy.
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My Chemical Romance – The Black Parade Is Dead! –
Following 2006’s Life On The Murder Scene came another incredible live album from My Chemical Romance, The Black Parade Is Dead! The CD/DVD combo sees MCR’s final performance as “The Black Parade” Oct. 7, 2007 in Mexico City, while just the DVD sees an additional performance in their home state of New Jersey Oct. 24, 2007. The Black Parade Is Dead! highlighted one of the most important albums from MCR’s catalog in a light that had only been seen by a handful of fans, making The Black Parade Is Dead! a godsend to MCRmy soldiers around the globe.
Louder Now: PartTwo – Taking Back Sunday
Following their chart-topping record Louder Now, Taking Back Sunday dropped Louder Now: PartTwo, which came as a CD/DVD package. The CD hears eight tracks from their all-time greatest record Louder Now along with two bonus songs, “Sleep” and “Brooklyn (If You See Something, Say Something),” as well as a hidden track, “12 Days Of Christmas: Christmas Is For The Birds.” The DVD for PartTwo sees tour footage from the band during one of the many high points in their career along with multiple music videos and much more. This live album honors an important piece of Taking Back Sunday’s history while spotlighting a key chunk of the scene’s narrative.
Dashboard Confessional – MTV Unplugged 2.0
Dashboard Confessional released their first live album, MTV Unplugged 2.0, in late 2002. The live album comes packed with music from their two albums, The Swiss Army Romance and The Places You Have Come To Fear The Most, as well as their So Impossible EP, but MTV Unplugged 2.0’s version offers the listener a more upbeat experience of the classic emo tracks. This unique Dashboard experience will have you “Screaming Infidelities” while running through flashbacks of your favorite high school romance. This a must-listen for those who still appreciate the early 2000s emo scene.
Panic At The Disco – Live In Chicago
Recorded at the Congress Theater in Chicago during two nights on their Honda Civic tour, Panic! At The Disco’s live album contains 17 songs from their first two albums. The DVD portion sees the live performance in Chicago, a documentary-like segment, several music videos and several “making-of” music videos. Although we didn’t know it at the time, Live In Chicago was the last Panic! product to see guitarist Ryan Ross and bassist Jon Walker before they stepped away. At the time of release, Panic! had dropped the exclamation mark from their name, which can be seen on Live In Chicago’s packaging, which adds another unique aspect to this insane live album. Live In Chicago offers a distinctive look inside the early years of one of the scene’s favorites, making it a must-have for fans of all ages.
Green Day – Bullet In A Bible
Recorded during their American Idiot world tour while in the U.K., Green Day released Bullet In A Bible in 2005. The songs heard on the album were performed in front of a crowd of over 130,000 people, which is a size most bands never even see in their career. It only makes sense that this larger-than-life live album emanated from Green Day, as no one could create such a must-have album like these genre icons.
The Killers – Live From The Royal Albert Hall
The Killers released their first live album, Live From The Royal Albert Hall, in 2009 following two shows at that venue. The CD hears 17 tracks from the band’s catalog at that time, with one song being a Joy Division cover, while the DVD contains 29 songs with bonus tracks that were recorded at multiple festivals throughout Europe. Live From The Royal Albert Hall remains an essential record for any fan of live entertainment as it highlights some of the act’s incredible hits with raw, amazing vocals courtesy of frontman Brandon Flowers.
Coheed And Cambria – Neverender: Children Of The Fence
Coheed And Cambria’s live album Neverender: Children Of The Fence comes from a four-night concert series where the band played one of their four albums (at the time) each night in New York City, Chicago, Los Angeles and London. This Coheed experience is unlike any other, and it offers just a taste of the amazing storyteller that is frontman Claudio Sanchez.
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