The High Five: Concert Films that will rock (and roll) you into summer

 

Hardcore Viewster users already know this, but guess what? We have a ton of live concert films available that’ll get your ass shaking and blood pumping, just in time for the summer concert season. So grab a glass of Sangria (or a cheap bottle of beer), raise your cell-phone in the air (seems to be the trend nowadays), and wave it like you just don’t care.

1: Queen – Rock Montreal

Queen: Rock Montreal
(Available in AT, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, IT, NO, PL, SE and UK)

Dude. It’s Queen, like you’ve never seen them before! This tour-de-force performance, recorded live in Montreal in 1981, will have you on your feet, playing your air guitars, air pianos, air drums, etc… for the entire set. Filmed in gorgeous 35mm color, Freddie and company do pretty much every one of their greatest hits (thus far). If you’ve got a giant flat-screen TV and Dolby surround sound speakers all over your flat, this is the one concert you will want to B-L-A-S-T at full volume. Seriously. Of course, you can always go full screen on your laptop and dance yourself silly that way too.

 

2: Tori Amos – Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 1992

Tori Amos - Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 1992
(Available in AT, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, IT, NO, PL, SE and UK)

Let’s be honest. Tori has come a looooooooong way as a performer. And she sort of set the standard for female singer/songwriter savants throughout the 90s (sorry Sarah McClachlan). Filmed shortly after the release of her album “Little Earthquakes”, this intimate set captures the legend at her humble, sensual, playful best, in 1992 live at Montreux. Most of the songs are from “Little Earthquakes”, the ground-breaking record that put her on the mainstream map, but she also does a couple of really amazing covers. Nirvana, anyone? All of you Tori Amos super fans out there already have this in your collection, but if you don’t know Tori, and you’re in the market for some genius musicality, this is your new favorite Diva.

 

3: Jamiroquai – Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 2003

Jamiroquai: Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 2003
(Available in AT, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, IT, NO, PL, SE and UK)

Alright, so we’ve got your rock & roll, and your sensitive singer-songwriter piano power ballads, and then we have… Jamiroquai. Pronounced: JAH-MEER-OH-KWAI. These English techno-electro-acid-jazz-funk madmen are at the top of their game in their third appearance on the Montreux stage. Serving up the hip-shaking musical cocktails is front-man Jay Kay, whose captivating vocals and dazzling footwork made him a star back in the 90s. And it’s no wonder. The dude can dance. And sing. And he’s got style to burn. This electrifying live show serves up over two hours of acid jazz and funk music, with plenty of attitude, and lots of banter. Did we mention he’s also pretty funny? (for a Space Cowboy, that is).

 

4: Nina Simone  – Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 1976

Nina Simone: Live at Montreux Jazz Festival 1976
(Available in AT, DE, DK, ES, FI, FR, IT, NO, PL, SE and UK)

What becomes a legend most? Genius vocalist? Brilliant songwriter? Tempestuous attitude? All of the above. And when you click play on this one, you’ll see a legend in her prime. She is one of the greatest female vocalists of the 20th Century. SERIOUSLY. Everyone remembers the first time they heard Nina Simone. And if you’ve never seen her live (WHAT!!!?) you will remember that you saw her for the first time right here on Viewster, where memories are made™. This is one of four shows she did at the Montreux Festival, and her stage presence here is electrifying, while her talent, passion, and sense of humor shine through. She covers some of our personal favorites, like ”Little Girl Blue”, “Backlash Blues”, and “Be My Husband”. In this concert, she’s so young and so beautiful—hey it’s 1976— and this is truly a legendary performance from start to finish. You’ll want to bookmark this one, promise.

 

5: The Doors  – Live In Europe

The Doors: Live In Europe
(Available in all regions)

Alright, well they always say finish big, and since we’ve only got five slots here, we’re gonna finish with… The Doors. We rocked and we rolled, we boogied and we belted, and now the party’s over and it’s time for everyone to just… chill. Or not. Hey it’s The Doors, and you’ll never know what you’re gonna get when Jim Morrison shows up. This live concert film was shot way the hell back in 1968, and it’s just what you would expect as Morrison gives us his moody, esoteric brilliance, with performances of “Light My Fire”, “Backdoor Man” and “Spanish Caravan”. Not to mention Grace Slick and Paul Kantner of Jefferson Airplane (who toured with the Doors that summer), serve up some funny stories about what went on behind the scenes. They’re not too chatty, though there is plenty of beautiful, timeless music that perfectly captures the spirit of The Doors.

So there you have it. Five amazing concert films that you can watch right here, right now. We know it’s summer and all, but if you haven’t already got your concert tickets, let’s face it: You’re not going. And why would you? We’ve just given you front-row, VIP, all-access seats to five of the greatest concerts in history. Enjoy!

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