Wednesday Question: Best Stage Show

Name the most mind-blowing stage performance.

Wednesday Question: Best Stage Show
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People often deny it, but the stage show often comes as a crucial part of an artist's performance. It's not always a critical point, but it's the bit that brings the magic in quite a few cases.

Therefore, we'll focus on the stage show matter for a little while. To make it official, this week's Wednesday Question is:

What is the best stage show ever?

Rock and metal artists are preferred, but anything remotely guitar-driven will do. Quite a few factors and approaches can be taken into consideration, but what matters is the final outcome - the show.

Same rules as always apply - only one suggestion per comment, vote up the ideas you support and vote down the ones you dislike. We'll sum up your votes by Friday and bring you another traditional UG Top 10. Let's do this!

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    goremetal22
    Any Iron Maiden show
    metallideth88
    A giant eddy does not account for a great stage show. Although the band themselves always play fantastic
    goremetal22
    Just seen them last year, and trust me, their stage show was a hell of a lot more than trotting out a guy in an Eddie costume for two hours
    TryTheKetchup
    The Wall. No matter whether it's Waters or Pink Floyd, this is the best stage show ever.
    AxemanRob
    Rammstein!
    h2owiththepower
    its KISS. you know it, I know it, everybody knows it. put aside your hatred for a minute and acknowledge the best stage show of all time
    Kueller917
    Nah it's Rammstein.
    Angusyoung2640
    trans Siberian orchestra
    cellofreak42
    Queens of the Stone Age - Songs for the Deaf
    CrazyAce#7
    I just saw QOTSA Sunday and it was definitely worth the 8 hour drive and they put on hell of a show. Although it wasn't my favorite concert (SOAD being #1) they gave the best performance I've ever seen so my vote goes to them. Plus, a band worth checking out is Wilson. They're crazy fun.
    dewitt
    If it weren't for KISS and Alice Cooper, Rammstein's stage show probably wouldn't be anything like what it is. They changed the way people look at performances, and they're still out there doing top tier productions.
    Funnyname99
    Absolutely don't care... By that logic, Shakespeare would get the "best song-writer/lyrics" every time, because he reinvented the way we work with verse. Amd Kiss can suck my balls
    dewitt
    Using Shakespeare like that is a terrible argument. If he was currently (or even ever) writing songs and lyrics it would make sense, otherwise your argument is more akin to me claiming Houdini is the best shock rock act. I wouldn't doubt if Rammstein really does have a better production (I've never been to their shows), but to just brush Kiss off like that in this category is a bit of a joke. All musical tastes, personalities, and childish bias aside, Kiss have a better stage show than 95% of all performing artists. It's not really debatable. It's possible to dislike something and still respects of it. I don't see why people here have such a problem with that.
    deanwinchester0
    Definitely Rammstein. They have costumes every show, new and new pyro every tour, and I'm not even talking about their theatrics and fire. They're just the ultimate Live Band
    alex720
    Nine Inch Nails, specifically the Lights in the Sky tour a few years ago.
    mhanbury2
    Actually one of the worst shows iv seen. They kinda gave me the feeling they don't enjoy what they do anymore if they ever did. There's no energy from the band there just repeating the same performance every night for a paycheck.
    Sixxstarr
    You've obviously never watched a Rammstein show because they make a Kiss show look like shit on top of the fact that Rammstein isn't shit musically
    Vauxite
    Absolutely this. Saw them at Download last year and it was spectacular.
    svelle
    Seen Rammstein in 2011 and 2013 and it was ****ing awesome. IMO unbeatable. Only thing I would like to know is, would Metallica's Through the never count as a stage show?
    svelle
    Since you can't edit posts after some time: Here's a video. Enjoy!
    N3WW4V3N1NJ4
    Metallica through the never
    smouch3
    late 90s Marilyn Manson. Killer shows. There was still a massive stigma around him back then But also the worst show ive seen was 2012 Marilyn Manson. Fat, coked up bloke flailing about on stage in a corset.
    markyj666
    Agreed. Rammstein is the only band ive been to see where i have gone WOW! at the end. And ive seen almost everyone
    iammclovin
    Only band I wouldn't crowd surf to, I was scared I'd get toasted like a marshmallow. Amazing live band and I wish they'd come back to Toronto.
    K33nbl4d3
    For real yes. Spent all morning watching their live videos and none of my other favourite bands can compete with that show.
    N-D
    Also, speaking about non-rock artists - I need to mention The Prodigy - a lot of energy on their live shows!
    D4CE
    Muse
    cellofreak42
    The Black Parade - My Chemical Romance. Maybe not the best, but it definitely deserves some recognition.
    K33nbl4d3
    Agreed. You don't have to like pop punk, but for a theatrical stage show this isn't a bad contender at all. Maybe I'm biased since I remember all the songs with a degree of adoring nostalgia... Ah, childhood!
    PoloSG68
    Case in point. Saw them on this same tour at Coventry Ricoh stadium, so so brilliant.
    Darth Crow
    RUSH! I mean really, the Time Machine Tour stage for example was absolutely fantastic!
    BVSocialClub
    The Wall is obviously amazing. No doubt. But the following is not far behind when it comes down to spectacle and scope. After all, today's question is not just about performance, but the effects, design, engineering and size. U2's 360 Tour. With a crew of 300 workers and a budget of $750,000 a day, the entire stage weighed over 400 tons. U2 concerted no less than 110 times under a gigantic 200-ton arachnid suggestively called The Claw. The structure weighed 200 tons and its central pylon reached 151 feet in height.
    MestFan99
    I totally agree with you. U2 have put an insane amount of money into their stages on a lot of tours. ZooTV and Pop Mart were also crazy spectacles in the 90's with a lot riding on their stage engineers. I think ZooTV was more practical than Pop Mart, and of course there were a lot of problems with certain parts of the stage on Pop Mart (particularly the giant lemon), but 360 was amazing and they successfully involved their audience in the experience all that money was put towards, which is important to the band during their performances.
    pjn7000
    The Who
    Smigzy
    Nine inch nails
    matteo cubano
    they blew me away at LOLLA next year, I've always loved them but never knew how incredible their productions were. Trent has a vibe to him that seems like the lyrics are still so real to him. Amazing.
    tennesseehild
    Rob Zombie should atleast make the list. All that movie money to fund the stage show plus he is all about the fans.
    Kavabangac
    I will give my vote to the Wall, too. Most thought out stage show in music. Every detail is important for complete experience.
    Floyd Phoenix
    Practically any tour Waters was involved in had amazing visual spectacles and a completely immersive experience, like his In The Flesh tour a few years back or even Radio KAOS, which my mum describes as one of the best concerts she ever saw, though there was barely any film taken of it so it's hard to tell...
    markyj666
    You only said that to get upvotes....be honest, you've never seen The Wall live have you
    Way Cool JR.
    The Division Bell tour easily tops The Wall by far. They turned the entire arena into a stage and the stage itself was mind blowing. I was there in person and noting I ever saw before it or after has come close to topping it.
    kasrafallen
    i know UG-users don't like them but This Brazilian Crowd made this live show spectacular