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.

Rolling Stones Put on a Spectacle in Desert Trip Set

At the Stones’ 20-song opening night headlining set, Mick Jagger shimmied and slid his way around the stage as the band offered plenty of surprises. Our review, with videos and setlist

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Bob Dylan in Total Command in Desert Trip Set

The bard let his music do the talking with a career-spanning set – including a tweaked version of “Tangled Up in Blue” – at the eagerly anticipated festival’s opening night

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Cat Stevens Returns to New York After 40 Years

The acclaimed singer-songwriter returned to New York City in September 2016 after a 40-year absence to perform a stunning career retrospective. Our review…

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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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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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