Five best live concert films
While infinitely different than being there in the flesh, a live concert film can provide an up-close, multi-angled, cinematically inspired perspective of the music experience -- not to mention a glimpse into history for those who were born decades later. Such will be the case for a majority of the audience heading out to the Boedecker Theater tonight for the premier of The Doors: Live At the Hollywood Bowl. In honor of this very exciting release, we compiled a list the five best live concerts films the cinema has to offer.
5. Shut Up and Play The Hits (LCD Soundsystem)
Few bands in history have ever pulled off being both stylishly contemporary and emotionally vulnerable -- particularly while making dance music. But LCD Soundsystem was that band, touching the hearts of thin-skinned music lovers, while simultaneously commanding them to move their feet. And long before drugs, girls or songwriting royalties had the chance to break up the band, James Murphy gently pushed the self-destruct button, moving on other creative endeavors. But before the band parted ways, it scheduled one blow-out event at Madison Square Garden, where the act's electrically stirring performance (which includes a supernaturally bad-ass cover of Harry Nilson's "Jump Into The Fire) was documented by filmmakers Dylan Southern and Will Lovelace.
4. Zoo TV: Live From Australia (U2)
After U2's humiliatingly bombastic road-film, Rattle and Hum, almost ruined the band's reputation as the rock-saviors of the '80s, the band reinvented itself as post-modern humorists with Achtung Baby. The subsequent tour, Zoo TV, theatrically satirized the media, Televangelists, the Gulf War and perhaps most of all, the band's reputation as money-grubbing phonies with souls of lead. These killer, Manchester-dance influenced songs would be enough to make the tour a glowing monument to the expansion of rock possibilities, but the cabaret madness of several costume changes, mash-up video clips and Bono's hilarious caricatures of rock iconoclasts, make this concert film an essential gem of live-music history.