Live Shows

Want to know about the shows by legacy and new classic artists currently or recently on tour as well as what went down at festivals and annual or onetime special musical events? Our reviewers report on what they heard and saw.

Jeff Lynne’s ELO at Radio City Music Hall

Lynne’s gift is his ability to build complex arrangements into the simplest, most hummable of tunes. The concert was a taste of classic rock at its finest

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Peter Asher + Albert Lee: Like Seeing Old Friends

Asher and Lee channeled the Everly Brothers in their well-chosen set during a performance on their tour as Asher shared some great Beatles anecdotes

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Jeff Beck Live: Around the World in 80 Licks

The Hollywood Bowl crowd was treated to a jaw-dropping display of deep blues, hot licks and dive-bombing Stratocaster forays into the ionosphere of rock with special guests Billy Gibbons and Steven Tyler

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Brian Wilson + ‘Pet Sounds’ Shine at 50th Bash

Brian Wilson led a 12-piece band in a golden anniversary celebration of his masterpiece at the Hollywood Bowl that was ‘wonderful.’

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Ringo and His All-Starr Band Bring the Fun in Concert

The former Beatle left his fans ‘elated’ as he sang and drummed on his Fab Four + solo songs and let his All Starrs sing their big tunes too.

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Paul Simon Live: ‘A Gem of a Concert’

The veteran classic rock singer + songwriter and his excellent band gave an exquisite show that spanned the range of his career.

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Tedeschi Trucks Shine at Rainy Jazz Fest

Biblical rains severely impacted Jazz Fest 2016’s second weekend but our reviewer was still able to enjoy Neil Young, NOLA supergroup Raw Oyster Cult, too. Many classic rock legends were washed out

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Van Morrison Wows at Jazz Fest

Van the Man shone at the New Orleans Jazz Fest. Pearl Jam + Chili Peppers rocked. Steely Dan + Michael McDonald evoked yawns.

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Graham Parker Displays His Tender Side

GP brought his Duo tour with longtime bandmate Brinsley Schwarz to NYC and performed a career retrospective of his songs including several overlooked gems

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Bryan Adams Concert Wins Fans’ Hearts and Voices

The onetime hitmaker and ’80s MTV favorite delivered the rock plus meaning and emotion to an enthusiastic crowd of fans

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