Top 10 Best Stage Shows

Finest live shows in rock are here, as voted by UG users.

Top 10 Best Stage Shows
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This week's traditional Wednesday Question saw you guys debating on the matter of the finest stage show in the rock genre. Rounding up your votes was as fun as always, check out the resulting list below.

A brief note before the Top 10 though - the vote was specifically about live shows, not about live bands, hence only concerts were included on the list.

10. Devin Townsend - 'The Retinal Circus'

Recorded in 2013 at the Roundhouse in London, UK, Hevy Devy's recent release gets to kick off the list. A special one-night-only show celebrating 20 years of Townsend's musical endeavors, the concert was definitely a special night for the versatile musician.

9. Rob Zombie - Rockstar Mayhem 2013

Mr. Rob always knows how to put on a great show, ranging from stage antics, effects and quality musicianship. For this week's list, check out Zombie's Rockstar Mayhem 2013 performance.

8. AC/DC - Live in Donington 1991

As you guys have pointed out, "The cannons, hell's bell, giant inflatable Rosie and inflatable Angus" turned AC/DC's Donington 1991 show into one of all-time classics.

7. Nine Inch Nails - Woodstock 1994

With "The Downward Spiral" just released, Trent Reznor and co. captured their power with an amazing Woodstock '94 performance.

6. Tool - Live in New Orleans 2010

It's hard not to mention Tool when discussing amazing concerts. The music, the vibe and atmosphere, top-notch musicianship, it's all there. Check out the band's New Orleans show from 2010 below.

5. Alice Cooper - Live in San Diego 1979

Captured during Alice's "Madhouse Rock" tour, the San Diego show from 1979 saw the shock rocker delivering that gory, horror rock vibe he helped pioneer and put on the map.

4. Muse - Live at Rome Olympic Stadium 2013

Getting us closer to the Top 3, Muse have dropped by with their last year's concert record from Rome.

3. Iron Maiden - 'Flight 666'

Based on your votes, any Maiden show is good enough to make the list. Therefore, check out "Flight 666," an epic DVD encompassing the first leg of 2008's "Somewhere Back in Time" world tour.

2. Rammstein - 'Live Aus Berlin'

If you're looking for a heavy rock show pumped up to the max, go and see Rammstein, it's really that simple.

1. Pink Floyd - 'The Wall' Show

No. 1 spot for arguably a No. 1 band - Pink Floyd and "The Wall."

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    Chattown0114
    Honorable mentions? U2 360 tour Queen: Live at Wembley The Who: Who's Next Tour Jimi Hendrix Live at Woodstock
    pitch33
    As amazing as Hendrix was, the bongo player stole the show on that one...
    Templarum
    That ****ing guy, lol. I lost it when he tried to set up his kit right next to Jimi and had to be shooed back.
    badfish_lewis
    I think some people forgot that this is best stage show, not best live performance. Big difference. So if you're wondering why Zeppelin, Springsteen etc aren't on here it's because we're talking stage show.
    Floyd Phoenix
    Waters' solo tours were better than the 1980 shows to be honest (thanks to advances in technology and the fact that the footage recorded is way better)... And also I think the question wasn't worded that well for the list oyu guys have made, but decent list nonetheless...
    peppersghost08
    Devin Townsend has finally made it onto one of these lists! Too many people don't know about him. The Retinal Circus was an insane live show!
    Dangerzone812
    I personally thought that Muse's 2nd Law Arena stage shows were better than the Rome show...only because it was setup and broken down every day. ..that floating pyramid setup was amazing!
    Izzy-Sweet
    KISS should be up there, I'm sorry, but they should. There's no questioning that they put on the biggest rock show in the world, but of course, everyone refrained from voting them just because it's KISS.
    siamesedream777
    Please. There are at least 20 bands that could go here before Kiss.
    biff022
    and 19 out of those 20 would cite KISS as the gold standard for live rock shows. Please.
    siamesedream777
    HA! Really? I doubt U2 would cite Kiss as an influence, REAAAALLY doubt Hendrix and Queen would cite Kiss as an influence. BITCH PLEASE, let the butthurt KISS fans start the shooting, Most OVERATED band ever.
    Izzy-Sweet
    Show a bit of maturity, please. Also, their show is certainly not overrated, they hold nothing back. This list isn't about the music.
    arcanom
    Exactly. KISS is influenced alot by glam rock and besides their amazing songs (which is irrelevant at this discussion) they give a perfect show. Consider the fact that their performance was unique at the times. They stepped up the game of "show" of rock. They must be in this list, if not at the top.
    siamesedream777
    AMAZING SONGS? oh my god... kid, have you heard of Protest the Hero, Periphery, Between The Buried And Me? Those ARE Bands
    Vickshow
    Technical skill has nothing to do with amazing songs. I love Protest The Hero and I love KISS, and I'll listen to them both over and over but for completely different reasons.
    kylewieldsax
    I accidentally downvoted you. Not my intention but I had to react quickly to such an excellent comment! Killer shows without having to be show-y (if that makes sense).
    grinreaper
    U2 360 has the largest stage in touring history (120 trucks), then Rolling Stones. Each had at least 3 stages hopping all over the world. Stadium-caliber touring bands.
    Phill-Rock
    I'm surprised performers like Metallica or Springsteen didn't pop up on the list somewhere.
    biff022
    Especially in place of shitbands like Muse or Rob Zombie.
    Punk-Goth-Angel
    Oh, I hear a Little, jealous Metallica-Teen...
    coffinpilot
    Justice tour was cool in 1988 as far as the stage goes , I was a little jealous Metallica-Teen then . Lets face it , if Rob Zombie didn't bother with visuals nobody would give a **** about him . As for Muse .....
    twiggy3634
    I saw Muse in Cincinnati before Absolution came out, before they were famous in the US, in a very small venue with no more than 40 people there and they played like there were 10,000 people watching them. Still the best show I've ever been to.
    biff022
    Yea… the thing about Muse is that they are incredibly watered down… They flat out rip off a few bands with a certain sound, take that sound and simplify it. Plus, they're just so corny… mmmmmadmadmad…. baby talk.
    third(-)eye
    They're hit and miss. I will continue to defend Black Holes as their crowning achievement and also a great album in general. It sounds the least like a Radiohead knockoff to me. Great guitar work.
    Priad-Luabe
    might as well just say all music sounds like something else while we're at it lads. Couldn't you find a better example? these songs ain't that similar...
    Artturi
    Can't believe I never spotted the similarity. I've literally listened to Hail to the Thief a hundred times and been force-fed Muse on the radio.... Thanks!
    Kueller917
    90% of indie rock after 2000 sounds infinitely more like Radiohead-ish than everything Muse have done after Origin. And for some reason, it's a compliment to the former and an insult to the latter.
    eatfresh1736
    Muse is one of the most creative bands out there today, whether you like them or not. That is an objective statement. Rob Zombie... is Rob Zombie.
    Funnyname99
    Muse aren't very creative... You should broaden your music tastes to something other than what is played on radio. - Sorry.
    K33nbl4d3
    You should read up on a thing called subjectivity. And how it relates to literally all music ever made.
    biff022
    There it is… someone defending something shitty using the subjectivity argument.
    SFosterS
    Sorry we forgot allmightybiff's opinion was always objective because you are omnipotent.
    spiff-corgi
    >Muse >Not creative My sides. Stop trying to be edgy. It's OK not to like something, but don't pretend you're some kind of connoisseur because you don't.
    Priad-Luabe
    yeah, nothing like writing a symphony, or spanning a few genres on an album to show lack of creativity. if ya dont like something, ya dont like it, no need to shitbomb it for this reason though.
    the_bi99man
    Exactly. Anybody who claims Muse isn't creative or original clearly has never bothered listening. Even if you don't like it, even if you absolutely hate every second of it, the fact that it's creative and original is not a matter of opinion. It's a fact. If you disagree, you are wrong.
    the_bi99man
    You should hear the Muse songs that aren't on the radio. They are easily among the most creative and talented bands in the world. You just don't like it. And that's okay. But it doesn't mean they're not creative.
    m0y86
    Tried to resurrect your comment but there are 30+ other negative opinions.
    Floyd Phoenix
    They're obviously both killer live acts, but in terms of stage show Springsteen doesn't even bother with visuals and Metallica don't always, so I guess that's why they're not there...