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U2 was in the middle of touring in support of their third studio album War when they found themselves performing at the legendary Red Rocks Amphitheater 35 years ago today (June 5.)  

It was at this tour stop where the then up-and-coming band recorded material which eventually became part of their 1983 live album Under a Blood Red Sky, a major fan favorite.

While it may not rank as one of the greatest live LPs of all time, it’s still a fantastic listen, and so are these other underrated live albums.

U2, Under A Blood Red Sky

Recorded during their War tour at three different shows (Denver, Boston and Sankt Goarshausen, Germany), this live release may not have broke U2 like live albums of the past, but if you’re looking for the perfect time capsule of a band that’s on the cusp of becoming the biggest act in the world, this is it.

U2 - Sunday Bloody Sunday

U2's new album, "Songs of Experience" out now. Listen to the album: Explore more music from U2: Follow U2: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: Music video by U2 performing Sunday Bloody Sunday. (C) 2006 Universal-Island Records Ltd.

The Kinks, One For The Road

This live LP gets mixed reviews, but honestly, picking up One For The Road is worth it if only for the live version of “Lola,” which is better than the studio version.  (Yeah…I said it!)

The Kinks - Lola (Live)

Music video by The Kinks performing Lola (Live). (C) 1980 Kinks Properties Limited under exclusive license to Sony Music Entertainment


The Runaways, Live In Japan

The Runaways weren’t a massive success in their native United State, despite being the launchpad for Joan Jett and Lita Ford, but they were HUGE in Japan.  If you want to experience their rawness and the mania around them in the Land of the Rising Sun, just listen to Live in Japan.

THE RUNAWAYS - CHERRY BOMB live in Japan 1977 (higher quality)

Despite the bit of video bleed-through this is a slightly higher quality version. Of all the performances of the Runaways doing "Cherry Bomb" in Japan I think this one was filmed the best!


Lynyrd Skynyrd, One More From The Road

Released a little more than a year before the tragic plane crash that would take the lives of Ronnie Van Zant, Steve Gaines and Cassie Gaines, One More From The Road features the “classic” Skynyrd lineup tearing up some of their best songs, from “Tuesday’s Gone” to “Gimme Three Steps” to an epic 13:40 version of “Free Bird.”  It serves as a devastating, but beautiful reminder of how great this lineup was.

Free Bird (Live At The Fox Theater/1976)

Provided to YouTube by Universal Music Group North America Free Bird (Live At The Fox Theater/1976) · Lynyrd Skynyrd One More From The Road ℗ 1976 Geffen Records Released on: 1996-01-01 Producer: Tom Dowd Author, Composer: Allen Collins Author, Composer: Ronnie Van Zant Music Publisher: EMI Longitude Music Co.


Thin Lizzy, Live And Dangerous

Coming off the success of Jailbreak, Johnny the Fox and Bad Reputation, Thin Lizzy’s Live And Dangerous showcases the band at its prime.  Perhaps this album doesn’t get the credit it deserves, because Thin Lizzy wasn’t as big in the U.S. as it was in Europe, but Phil Lynott’s vocals are stellar, and the dual guitars of Brian Robertson and Scott Gorham are some of the best in rock history.

Thin Lizzy - Cowboy Song - Live & Dangerous

Thin Lizzy - Cowboy Song - Live & Dangerous


Queen, Live At Wembley ’86

While recorded at a July 12, 1986 gig, Queen’s Live At Wembley ’86 was released on May 26, 1992, which was about six months after the passing of Freddie Mercury.  The band was plagued with breakup rumors around this time, which Mercury addressed to the Wembley crowd by stating, “We’re gonna stay together until we f*cking well die, I’m sure of it.”  When it comes to honoring the memory of a frontman like Mercury, there’s really no better way than remembering just what a force he was live.

Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody (Live At Wembley Stadium, Saturday 12 July 1986)

Subscribe to the Official Queen Channel Here With over 6.5 million copies sold worldwide to date, 'Bohemian Rhapsody' is one of the world's most well known and well loved songs.


Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock blogger that loves the smell of old vinyl in the morning.

Erica Banas is a rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.