The 3 Best Current Live Bands

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  • derbydavederbydave Columbus, OHPosts: 11,255
    smithnic said:
    For my money:

    1. Pearl Jam
    2. Bon Iver
    3. The National

    honorable mention:  Phish.  Not a huge fan, but damn fun shows 
    I just don't see how Bon Iver and The National can be seen as great live acts?  After a few songs I want to shoot myself.  Very low key bands.


    You have to see them live buddy...
    They aren't in my top 3,
    but both acts are just INCREDIBLE live!!!

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  • Abe FromanAbe Froman Posts: 3,763
    Pearl Jam
    Glen Hansard
    QOTSA

    I could easily put Avett Brothers or Foo Fighters in at #3 with little to no argument. 
  • opsopcopolisopsopcopolis Posts: 753
    My current favorite will-travel-anywhere-for-these-bands are
    Umphrey's McGee
    PJ
    My Morning Jacket

    Seen UM over a hundred times, so won't travel for them as much these days, but in general I'd happily fly all over the world for these three. Probably about 15-20 bands that could fit in my top five. Few honorable mentions for the arena world would definitely be U2/Muse/Metallica. Always killing the production game.
  • guacamolejoeguacamolejoe Posts: 2,376
    My 3 favorite "Live" bands are PJ, Radiohead & Phish.
    My favorite "current" live band has the be:
    Phish
    Both PJ & Radiohead have NO shows scheduled for this year, so cannot be classified as current to me. Hope PJ doesn't wait as long as Tool did for there next "current" album. Need a new album tour for PJ to be current  :s
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  • whoyouare72whoyouare72 Chicago ILPosts: 1,721
    Southern Culture on the Skids
    Vampire Weekend
    Iron Maiden
  • HollisBrownHollisBrown Posts: 3,504
    Pearl Jam
    Decemderists
    David Byrne
    Leon Bridges
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  • LukinFanLukinFan Florida Posts: 27,655
    Pearl Jam
    JJ Grey & Mofro
    Nathaniel Rateliff and the Night Sweats
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  • GibsonGibson TorontoPosts: 1,713
    Pearl Jam 
    U2
    Dave Matthews Band
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  • bbiggsbbiggs Posts: 3,702
    Gibson said:
    Pearl Jam 
    U2
    Dave Matthews Band
    Haven’t seen U2 live but hard to argue the other two. 
  • RoeghmannRoeghmann Posts: 959
    Pearl Jam 
    Foo Fighters 
    Nick Cave and The bad Seeds 
    Run away my son. See it all. Oh see the world.
  • vitovito ChicagoPosts: 448
    Radiohead
    the Who
    Pearl Jam
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  • KN219077KN219077 MontanaPosts: 454
    If you guys have a chance, catch a Chris Stapleton show. Absolutely fantastic and already at the level of much more revered acts
  • ZodZod Posts: 6,224
    Pearl Jam
    Springsteen & E-Street Band
    Headstones

    Those are easy.  They go balls out for 3 hours plus, rocking their asses off with setlists that change every night.

    It's getting to #3 I find hard.

    I feel that bands like Metallica, Foo Fighters, U2.  They bring it every night, but the shows aren't that different from tour to tour.    I don't think Headstones change it up every time I see them but, that kind of energy in a bar.... I find it hard to top.  I never leave a Headstones show disappointed.  It's always balls to the wall :)
  • ry75guyry75guy Posts: 89
    Non-PJ Category:

    The Avett Brothers
    The Struts
    Rival Sons
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  • RhinoJamRhinoJam RaleighwoodPosts: 540
    Pearl Jam
    311
    Incubus
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    Bonnaroo 6/14/08 Spectrum 10/30/09 Spectrum 10/31/09 Atlanta 9/22/12 Wrigley 7/19/13
    Baltimore 10/27/13 Charlottesville 10/29/13 Charlotte 10/30/13 OKC 11/16/13
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    Columbia 4/21/16 Wrigley 8/18/18
  • tempo_n_groovetempo_n_groove Posts: 20,436
    Pearl Jam
    Decemderists
    David Byrne
    Leon Bridges
    David Byrne was an absolute pleasure to see this time around.

    Check him out if you can.
  • brewdog123brewdog123 ATLPosts: 325
    Phish
    Tool
    PJ
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