The Live Version is BETTER Than the Studio Version
I miss the feel of going to a concert. The anxiety that comes with being in a large crowd. The euphoria of hanging out with friends and making memories. Watching the crazy ass people in the audience. It'll all return someday but to kick off the Memorial Day weekend, we are playing some live tunes Friday morning.
I put together a top 10 list of my favorite Classic Rock songs the other day. Click here to see that.
It made me think of my favorite live Classic Rock songs. This list is more of a what song is better live than the recorded version? There are so many but I am always open to suggestions.
#10. I never have understood the fascination with this song but Peter Frampton's "Do You Feel Like We Do" is way better and LONGER live than this version. Some people have NEVER even heard it.
#9. Pink Floyd from Pulse with "Comfortably Numb". This is my favorite live song ever. It's slower, more passionate and brings chills to my arm. It would be number 1 but the studio version is almost just as good.
#8. Aerosmith with "Train Kept a Rollin'" from Rockin' the Joint. I love the addition to this song at the end. I just wish they would have finished.
#7a. Ted Nugent "Great White Buffalo". You used to hear this a lot then it just stopped for some reason. When you hear the studio version it is such a letdown.
7b. Bruce Springsteen "Santa Clause is Coming to Town". There isn't even a studio version. I had to throw Bruce and Ted together to cancel out the political imbalance.
#6. Led Zeppelin "Over the Hills and Far Away". I always play this one and replace the original whenever I can.
#5a. (TIE)Talking Heads "Life During Wartime" from the Stop Making Sense tour.
#5b. Rush with YYZ from Rush in Rio. Ever hear a crowd sing an instrumental?
#4. Kiss "Rock and Roll All Nite". The studio version just ins't the same.
#3. Cheap Trick "I Want You to Want Me" from Live at Budokan! Do you even remember hearing the studio version? It's not nearly as fun.
#2. MC5 "Kick Out the Jams". Alice Cooper described the song as "about to fall apart at any second. It starts out with a big F word. How rock N' Roll! Not safe for work... Unless you are home.
#1 Bob Seger "Nutbush City Limits", "Turn the Page", "Get out of Denver", "Fortunate Son".
I could go on. The dude has made some great live music.
R.E.O. Speedwagon had some great ones. Pat Traverse, Rush... But this is best live performance I have ever seen.