Unforgettable Live Performances: George Michael

Unforgettable Live Performances: George Michael

It has taken me a while to sit down and write this post. I remember the exact moment and time when Paul told me that George Michael had died. I have to say 2016 gave me so many blows in that sense that it didn’t come as a huge surprise, but I am still not over the irony of it being his Last Christmas. I always knew I liked George Michael, and I have defended his voice on more than one occasion, but what I forgot is how present he was when I was growing up, how influential he was, and the Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Amy Winehouse

Unforgettable Live Performances: Amy Winehouse

One of the best females artists from Britan ever, Amy Winehouse left us too soon. Now a famous member of the 27 club, she left some extraordinary music behind. We take a look at 5 of our favorite performances, some cheerful and with huge crowds, other melancholic and intimate.  We simply can’t pick a favorite.   In December 2006, Amy Winehouse (22 years old at the time) traveled to Dingle, Ireland to record the Irish music TV series “Other Voices“. The recording took place at the church of St. James, a 200-year-old beautiful small chapel.  Her 6 song – performance mesmerized Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Nirvana “Unplugged”.

Unforgettable Live Performances: Nirvana “Unplugged”.

On December 16th, 1993 Nirvana recorded an acoustic performance in New York City at the Sony Music Studios as part of the series MTV Unplugged. The band played their own songs, including lesser known ones, as well as covers by Meat Puppets and David Bowie. The show (and live album) became a classic. The album was released on Nov. 1, 1994 after Kurt Cobain´s death and debuted at No. 1 on Billboard. All Apologies – Nirvana The album went platinum five times and also  won a Grammy for Beat Alternative Music Album. It was released on DVD in 2007. When they were approached Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: The Beatles at Shea Stadium

Unforgettable Live Performances: The Beatles at Shea Stadium

The origins of concert rock or arena rock can be traced back to the band that gave birth to many more music related things: The Beatles. Their concert at Shea Stadium made Beatlemania tangible and showed the rest of the world the sheer force of the fab four. Help! – The Beatles (Live at Shea Stadium) On August 15th – 1965, 55,600 fans went to watch The Beatles play at Shea Stadium (The William A Shea Municipal Stadium, home to none other than the New York Mets baseball team). It would be the start of their second US concert tour,  which Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival

Unforgettable Live Performances: Bob Dylan at the 1965 Newport Folk Festival

Newport Folk Festival is an annual folk festival in Rhode Island, Bob Dylan played there successfully in 1963 and 1964, so no one expected what happened on July 25th, 1965. Mr. Tambourine Man (Live at the Newport Folk Festival. 1964) The Newport Folk Festival is a mainly folk oriented festival in Newport, Rhode Island. It was founded in 1959 as counterpart to the famous Newport Jazz Festival and it still going on strong today. In 1963 and 1964 Bob Dylan was a most popular draw playing to hugely appreciative audiences everywhere, but that was not the case for his performance in 1965. Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – David Bowie

Unforgettable Live Performances – David Bowie

I don´t think we have fully accepted the news of David Bowie´s death and I am certain we will never recover. I know the cool thing to do is celebrate his life and be happy he was here and my rational self knows that but my heart is in pain and I am also a bit mad I was not eased into this (though my rational self accepts that it was a private issue). In any case, I have to process and heal and grieve and all that so I thought a post on his iconic performances might help. Farewell Speech Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Elvis Presley, The Comeback Special 1968

Unforgettable Live Performances: Elvis Presley, The Comeback Special 1968

Pop icon and King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley played an informal jamming session to  a small audience, it is now considered the first “Unplugged” and aired on NBC and would be known as ´68 Comeback Special. It is a delight.     “Heartbreak Hotel” (1968 Comeback Special) – Elvis Presley Elvis Aron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi to a humble family. He was a twin, but his brother, Jesse was stillborn. His family was humble and moved around a lot, but it was a loving environment, his mother Gladys raised him to have a strong faith in God, he would Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: John Lennon and Elton John in 1974

Unforgettable Live Performances: John Lennon and Elton John in 1974

On November 28th, 1974, Elton John beat John Lennon on a wager which resulted in Lennon getting up on stage on Thanksgiving day. It would turn out to be Lennon´s final live performance. Whatever Gets You Thru the Night – John Lennon and Elton John Elton John played the piano for “Surprise Surprise” and “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” for John Lennon´s 1974 album “Walls and Bridges”. By then, Lennon was the only former Beatle who had not had a No. 1 single. Elton was sure the song “Whatever Gets You Thru the Night” would make it to No. 1 and Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: The Concert for Bangladesh

Unforgettable Live Performances: The Concert for Bangladesh

George Harrison´s two benefit concerts to raise awareness and fund refugees from East Pakistan in 1972. With the current refugee situation in the world, and numbers scaling up  and given the fact that Colombia is the one of the countries with most displaced population in the world it is impossible for us here at MVD not to think about this and feel for the world and wonder how the situation can be helped. Sadly, it is not the first time the world has faced an increase of violence and refugees in the world. Back in 1971 there was a war in Bangladesh and a Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Daft Punk at Bercy, Paris – 2007

Unforgettable Live Performances: Daft Punk at Bercy, Paris – 2007

Choosing this unforgettable performance was difficult because there a 2 specific Daft Punk performances that come to mind and both are just visual and musical experiences that I feel are pretty much unbeatable, the runner up performance was Daft Punk at Coachella in 2006 (more on it bellow) but I decided to go with Live at Bercy because it ended up becoming the Alive Album, released in 2007 and which went on to win the Grammy for Best Electronic/Dance album in 2009 but most importantly, the hearts and devotion of a generation! Daft Punk Alive – Paris Bercy 2007 – DVD Fan Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Pink Floyd at Live 8

Unforgettable Live Performances: Pink Floyd at Live 8

After 24 years Roger Water, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright reunited to play on July 2nd for London´s Live 8 concert. Live 8 was a series of benefit concerts joining the voices of many celebrities supporters to obtain promises from world leaders regarding financial aid, debt cancellation and the fight against AIDS in Africa. It was organized and hosted by Bob Geldof who also organized Band Aid (A rock group formed by British and Irish musicians to raise money in the fight against poverty in Ethiopia.) Live 8 had the presence of many of the acts that also played on Band Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Paul Simon – 5 iconic moments

Unforgettable Live Performances: Paul Simon – 5 iconic moments

Paul Simon is one of America´s most prolific and important singer songwriters of the past 40 years, we take a look at 5 iconic performances through the years for this talented and beloved man. It seems like Paul Simon with his “boy next door” pose and style could be not only your neighbor, but a friend you hang out with, have some beers with, talk about baseball with (everyone knows he is a New York Yankees Fan). He has this ordinary Joe characteristic and seems to grounded, humble and down to earth that it is easy to forget that the Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – Johnny Cash and his prison concerts

Unforgettable Live Performances – Johnny Cash and his prison concerts

The country music legend and footage of some of his unforgettable performances in different prisons throughout the years. He may have been the man in black, but his heart had stripes and rebellion at it´s center. John R. Cash was born on February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas. His parents Ray and Carrie Rivers Cash were Baptist and farmers. Apparently when his voice dropped his mother discovered he could sing and encouraged him to follow that path, telling him he had “the gift” and paying for his first singing lessons. It turns out that after just 3 lessons his teacher Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – Queen at Wembley 1986

Unforgettable Live Performances – Queen at Wembley 1986

Queen live at Wembley on Saturday, July 12th, 1986, one of the most remembered and beloved concerts of all time. There are artists, there are singers, there are performers and then there’ s Freddie Mercury. I have already given him lots of praise (although there can never be enough praise for him) in a previous post here on MVD which you can find here. On this opportunity I want to talk specifically about the concert given on Saturday, July 12th – 1986 at Wembley Stadium. “Bohemian Rhapsody” – Queen – Live at Wembley 1986 This concert was given at the Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ by Otis Redding

Unforgettable Live Performances: ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ by Otis Redding

In this installment of our series on memorable or special live performances we take a look at the final performance of a man many call the greatest soul singer of all time. There are certain singers who have something that many others would love: an instantly recognizable voice. Otis Redding is one of those. His voice transcends countries, generations and will always be one of the best male voices ever.   It is still hard to wrap my head around the fact that he was only 26 years old when he died in a plane crash on the way to Read more »