Rock concerts are about more than just the music – they are a cult and one that is followed religiously. The best concerts take the music to another level, transporting the listeners to a different world in a collision of mood, electricity and hellacious guitar playing and creating an experience that resonates for years to come. Here are some of the greatest rock concerts of all time and ones that have become historical icons in rock ‘n’ roll history.
The Beatles at Shea Stadium (August 15, 1965)
Dubbed as possibly the greatest rock concert of all time, this show heralded the apex of a movement and the height of Beatlemania. Attended by nearly 56,000 Beatles fans, shattering previous records for concert attendance, the sold-out show made use of 2,000 security guards to prevent the vast mass of people rushing the stage and would come define the modern rock concert.
Led Zeppelin’s Three Nights at Madison Square Garden (July 27, 28 and 29, 1973)
Pink Floyd’s The Wall Shows (February 1980 – June 1981)
Metallica’s Black Album Tour, Tushino Airfield – Sept. 28, 1991