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YOU’RE ON THE DOOR: Full concerts you can check out for FREE on YouTube

If there’s one thing we just can’t get used to in all of this pandemic palaver, is the distinct lack of big gigs.

There is a lot to be said for a full-on. rock and roll stadium spectacle or mammoth touring festivals led by international acts and we certainly can’t wait for their eventual (sooner rather than later) for their return.

Until then, we’ve been scouring the vast digital content-scape of YouTube and have found a literal treasure trove of full gigs for you to enjoy at home.

So, here are five full gigs you can check out right now on YouTube.

1. Silverchair – Civic Theatre Newcastle – 2003

There’s no way that a hometown Silverchair show, at the Civic Theatre no less, wasn’t going to make this list.

Hitting the opulent Civic stage as part of their Across The Night tour, this gig came a year after the band dropped their brilliant penultimate album Diorama, serving as a document of a band arguably at the height o f their powers.

Highlights here include a rousing rendition of Freak and an expansive The Greatest View.

2. Queen – LIve Aid – 1985

When it comes to iconic performances, there are few that can hold a candle to Freddie Mercury’s larger-than-life turn with Queen at the 1985 Live Aid benefit.

Clad in a white singlet and white jeans Freddie redefined what it meant to be a frontman with this performance, holding the crowd in the palm of his hand in a short sharp set that included the likes of Bohemian Rhapsody, Radio Ga Ga and We Will Rock You.

For twenty minutes in 1985, a different Queen ruled England.

3. Nirvana – Big Day Out Sydney – 1992

This gig has, quite rightly, become the stuff of indie-rock legend. The story goes that the band’s watershed album Nevermind hit number one in the States just weeks before the band touched down in Oz for their first show at Sydney’s Phonecian Club.

It turned out to be a massive coup for the fledgling Big Day Out, which managed to snag the biggest band in the land for its very first iteration.

While the vision in this vid is a tad dodgy, the audio is surprisingly clear for the time, providing stunning evidence of NIrvana’s sheer ferocity on stage.

4. James Brown – Monterey California 1979

If you were looking for a masterclass in getting down with your bad self, look no further than this bravura 1979 performance from the Godfather of funk himself James Brown.

From the moment the band jump into an impossibly energetic version of Get Up Offa That Thing, James slots into one of the funkiest grooves ever, and refuses to quit in a set that includes such classics as Papa’s Got A Brand New Bag, Sex Machine and Please Please Please.


5. AC/DC – Oakland Coliseum Stadium – 1979

While this writer can take or leave AC/DC (unpopular opinion, I know) there’s no denying that Bon Scott was one hell of a frontman. And this concert from the band’s 1979 US If You Want Blood tour, is a perfect example of Bon’s stage chops.

Performing at the A Day on The Green festival alongside the likes of Aerosmith and Ted Nugent Bon and the band blew everyone off the stage with an all-killer-no-filler set that included Highway to Hell, Live Wire and Dog Eat Dog.

Sadly Bon would shuffle off this mortal coil less than 12 months later but thankfully this vid remains as a testament to his inimitable Aussie rock and roll swagger.

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