No concerts? No problem. Instead, try the next best thing to being at a show — watching a concert movie in the convenience of your own home. No hassling with parking, no overpriced beer, no whining about inflated ticket prices hoping for a good show.
These flicks guarantee a great performance.
We’re not talking documentaries filled with talking heads. We’re recommending movies (in chronological order) focusing on live music, whether featuring one act or an all-star lineup.
“The T.A.M.I. Show” (1964)
Save for the Beatles, this revue in Santa Monica, Calif., captured the hot pop flavors of the moment, with the Beach Boys, Chuck Berry, the Supremes, Lesley Gore and arguably the most electrifying performance ever on film by James Brown. The Rolling Stones regretted that they had to follow the Godfather of Soul.
Elvis Presley, “Singer Presents … Elvis” (1968)
This historic TV special marked the King’s return to the stage after a seven-year sojourn into movies. Dressed in black leather, Elvis made a magical comeback, restoring relevance to his then-fading musical reputation.
“Monterrey Pop” (1968)
Documented by filmmaker D.A. Pennebaker in 1967, the first big rock festival featured, among others, Simon & Garfunkel, the Mamas & the Papas, Jefferson Airplane, Janis Joplin and unforgettable knockout performances by Otis Redding and Jimi Hendrix.
Terrific editing by director Michael Wadleigh and a young assistant named Martin Scorsese helped elevate the legend of this three-day 1969 hippie festival. It wasn’t just the cavalcade of stars — from the Who to Hendrix — but it was the split screen editing of Sly & the Family Stone and others that took us higher.
By Jon Bream Star Tribune