10 full concerts you can watch on YouTube to get the live experience
Whether you’re publicly lamenting or quietly sulking about not being able to attend shows indefinitely, coronavirus is a massive blow to the music industry. With festivals and gigs getting either postponed or canceled all together, fans suddenly have a ton of time to kill at home because they can’t go to the bars or movie theaters. Naturally, the next best alternative is reliving or watching full concerts you wish you went to on YouTube, and we’ve compiled several of the best. Below are 10 stellar performances you can view from the comfort of your home while you’re stuck in self-isolation.
Green Day at Woodstock 1994
Woodstock 1994 saw performances from Red Hot Chili Peppers, Aphex Twin, Cypress Hill and more, but none of them would amount to the same level of absurdity as Green Day’s mud-ridden set. At the time, Dookie had been out for nearly half a year, and the trio were rapidly rising in popularity, headlining tours across the globe with few days off. When they finally graced the stage, Billie Joe Armstrong greeted the crowd most appropriately: “What is this fucking free hippy love shit? How you doin’ all you rich motherfuckers!” However, as Green Day ripped through song after song, fans began to hurl mud balls at them, and the band gladly took part in throwing them back. Things escalated so quickly that at one point, a security guard confused Mike Dirnt for one of the rampant fans who were leaping onstage and knocked his teeth out. Considering Green Day’s Hella Mega tour Asia dates are postponed in the meantime, this unforgettable moment in the band’s history feels worth commemorating with a rewatch or two.
Against Me! at Punk Rock Bowling 2018
If you’re mourning not being able to see Against Me! on tour this spring and bummed about Punk Rock Bowling being postponed until fall, it’s time to revisit this set from 2018. Opening with “I Was A Teenage Anarchist,” AM! crank it the hell up for a set that veers closer to their older material. There’s plenty of great moments—Laura Jane Grace’s unmistakable charisma, the flawless transition between “Pints Of Guinness Make You Strong” and “Sink, Florida, Sink” and how visibly thrilled the band look to be playing—that make this an enjoyable watch while riding it out at home.
Billie Eilish at Music Midtown 2019
Billie Eilish’s shows are typically accompanied by atmospheric, often unsettling, visuals that can still be enjoyed from home. Anyone who doesn’t really understand the singer’s appeal can use this headlining performance from last year’s Music Midtown as a guidepost, even if Eilish’s style isn’t your speed (note the lack of lame gimmicks and backup dancers, which free up room for her vocals and FINNEAS’ massive beats). What’s even better is that she ended up donating a portion of her proceeds from this headliner to Planned Parenthood in response to Georgia lawmakers attempting to restrict abortions. Given that her March and April dates for the WHERE DO WE GO? tour were postponed, it may be just the encouragement you need to catch her live when the dates are inevitably rescheduled.
PUP at The Garrison 2019
Filmed in their hometown of Toronto, PUP tear through a killer set from their Morbid Stuff release show that’ll make you feel like you’re actually in the pit getting doused in PBR if you were looking forward to their upcoming dates. This 35-minute performance captures all of the band’s best qualities, including their gratitude (continuously thanking fans), candor (“This song was very nearly called ‘The Most Realest Song On This Record’ until we realized that’s a dumb fucking title for a song,” vocalist Stefan Babcock remarks before launching into “Full Blown Meltdown”) and generosity (PUP karaoke, where a member of the crowd is invited onstage to perform “Reservoir” with the band).
My Chemical Romance at the Palacio de los Deportes/Maxwell’s 2007
With My Chemical Romance pulling out of Download Fest and postponing several reunion shows, why not indulge in this two-hour concert documentary that chronicles their final days as The Black Parade? Comprising two sets, the first taking place at the Palacio de los Deportes in Mexico City and the second occurring at Maxwell's in their home state of New Jersey, both emphasize the vision, energy and showmanship that make MCR one of the most cherished bands in the scene. Besides, it’s the perfect eulogy for one of the band’s most iconic eras (other than, you know, “Fake Your Death”).
Lucy Dacus at SXSW 2018
South By Southwest getting postponed until next year due to coronavirus was the industry’s first major blow, but luckily there’s a vast catalog of past performances available to stream. We recommend getting started with this Lucy Dacus set from two years ago. 2016 saw the indie singer-songwriter making waves with her debut record, No Burden, and by the time 2018 hit, Dacus was already being lauded for her sophomore release, Historian, which had only been out for two weeks when she gave this performance. Although it’s just 20 minutes long (including a brief interview toward the middle), this SXSW set showcases Dacus doing what she does best—delivering scorching confessionals, confronting pain and anxiety head-on and being absolutely gracious all while sounding eerily similar to her studio material.
Weezer at iHeartRadio Theater 2015
2014 presented a real return to form for Weezer with Everything Will Be Alright In The End, and they carried that momentum into their next self-titled release, The White Album. At the time, they hadn’t released any of that record’s singles yet, which makes watching the band play “Thank God For Girls” for the first time ever at the iHeartRadio Theater even better. With their setlist taking on a more traditional approach (only the hits) sandwiched between interviews with frontman Rivers Cuomo, Weezer prove they’re still one of the most entertaining ’90s acts to catch live and totally worth seeing on the Hella Mega tour later this year if it’s not postponed.
Rage Against The Machine at Woodstock 1999
There were plenty of fucked-up things that went down at Woodstock 1999 that contradicted the festival’s mantra of “peace, love and happiness” (rape, explicit photos of women posted to the festival’s website without consent, mass dehydration, etc.). Perhaps one of the few moments worth remembering from that year is Rage Against The Machine laying waste to the festival grounds with their blistering set. With the band only two albums deep into their catalog at the time, their set comprised mostly classics, which helped work the crowd into a frenzy. For their last song, the chaotic “Killing In The Name,” an American flag that had been incorporated into their stage setup was set aflame, and it’d become one of the many political messages that defined their career.
Radiohead at Lollapalooza 2016
With Thom Yorke’s solo trek in North America postponed, there’s no better time to rewatch Radiohead’s headlining performance at Lollapalooza in 2016. Having just released A Moon Shaped Pool that May, Radiohead open with that record’s lead single, “Burn The Witch,” popping on an extended intro. They proceed to launch into classic after classic (“Pyramid Song,” “Weird Fishes/Arpeggi,” “Everything In Its Right Place”) in a two-hour production that voices the alienation, dread and paranoia that’s intertwined with everyday life—feelings we can all relate to right now. If you want to see more, the band offer a whole library of past shows, which you can view here.
Wu-Tang Clan at Coachella 2013
In a lineup that didn’t boast much hip-hop, Coachella 2013 featured a reunited Wu-Tang Clan celebrating the 20-year anniversary of their universally revered debut, Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). Across their set, the 10-piece weave through both staples (“C.R.E.A.M.,” “Protect Ya Neck,” “Tearz”) and solo offerings (Ghostface Killah’s “Winter Warz,” Method Man’s “Bring The Pain,” etc.) that’ll remind you of a timeless era when rap wasn’t oversaturated with garbled mumbles overtop catchy beats while you wait to attend Coachella in October.