Otis Redding, Monetary Pop, 1967
The Monterey International Pop Festival held in June in the year 1967 marked the beginning of the ‘Summer of Love.’ The concert featured many rock bands like the Grateful Dead, The Who, Jefferson Airplane, and The Who. Otis Redding was also featured in that concert, and that concert was one of his last performances. He lost his life in a plane crash six months after this concert.
Big Brother and the Holding Company, Monterey Pop, 1967
The Big Brother and the Holding Company was the only group that was allowed to play more than once in this concert. The group featured Janis Joplin who was 24 years old at that time. The concert organizers were so stunned that they had to invite the group to perform on a Sunday where D.A Pennebaker filmed their performance with Joplin. The group signed a deal with Columbia Records, and this helped increase the popularity of Janis.
The Clash, US Festival, 1983
Steve Wozniak, one of the founders of the Apple Company, started the US Festival as a way of linking technology with music. The main act for the concert was The Clash, and they performed some of their classics like I am So Born in the USA, and Know Your Rights.
Nirvana, Reading, 1992
Nirvana turned their fans of about 50,000 at the concert with their thrilling performance. Grohl in an interview later noted that their performance was more than they anticipated as they got to practice only once as a group and as a result of Kurt’s rehab. This concert gave their fans a last glimpse of the band at the peak of their career.
Jay-Z, Summer Jam, 2001
Many spectacular events that occurred during this concert drove it into the rank of the most talked about show of the early 2000’s. First, besides the thrilling performance by Jay-Z, he called up the king of pop, Michael Jackson to perform. Secondly, he dissed two Queen’s MC; Prodigy and Nas. In his words, ‘Prodigy was a ballerina when I was pushing weights in 1988’. He went ahead to display a picture of the rapper with his grandmother at her studio.NAS later bounced back with a response track to the diss.
Radiohead, Bonnaroo, 2006
This concert can be considered as the best performance in Bonnaroo’s history. The audience of more than 70,000 was treated to some hit songs like, Bodysnatchers, House of Cards and 15 steps; which were featured in Rainbows. Hits from the Ok Computer, The Bends, and Hail to the Thief were also featured in the concert.
Beyoncé, Glastonbury, 2011
In an interview after the concert, Beyoncé who was secretly pregnant at that time confessed that she had always wanted to be a rock star, and she had the opportunity to live out that fantasy in that concert. She started the concert with smaller performers. She came on stage later and thrilled fans with her solo hits and also hits from Destiny Child’s albums.