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When it comes down to rock and roll nothing compares to seeing your favorite band live in concert! The aroma of spilled beer mixed with sweat and the roasted cinnamon vendor… The stacks of speakers reaching to the rafters of a venue. That one guy times a hundred smoking an illegal substance and trying not to get busted by security, the luck of the tickets that go on sale competes with pre-sale codes from credit card companies, the date of the show that you pray for doesn’t happen during your favorite sports team or your sister’s wedding day… The Weather in Michigan also playing a part if you choose to go to an outdoor venue or not. Should I do lawn seats or do I spring for pavilion seats up front? The big question is after you picked the show you have to choose who to go with you! The wife or your best friend from high school almost got you kicked out?

Live rock and roll shows will always bring back wonderful memories on so many levels.  The technology helped seal the memory forever on vinyl so we can play it back anytime we want. This is a life-changing list of the 6 Best Live Rock Albums of All Time. For some of these live concerts on the list, you might have even been in the audience! However, the list could easily be longer as your favorite band may or may not be on the list… Hope to see all of you at a show this summer with 94.7 WCSX!



  • J.Geils Band - Full House

    “Live” Full House is the first live album by American rock band The J. Geils Band, released in 1972.

  • The WHO - LIVE at LEEDS

    LIVE at LEEDS,” by the Who  was the bands 1st ever live album and the only album they recorded with the full line up of the original band. A great follow-up to their concept album, “TOMMY.”

  • Cheap Trick - Live at Budokan

    Cheap Trick enjoyed mild success with the release of a few studio albums. It wasn’t until the band’s 1st live album release  Cheap Trick – Live at Budokan would become the band’s best-selling album. The recordings are from 2 shows in April of 1978.

  • Peter Frampton - Frampton Comes Alive

  • Bob Seger and the Silver Bullet Band - Live Bullet

    Live at Cobo Hall 1975 Bob Seger’s Live Bullet album. Bob has said in many interviews when it comes to Live Bullet they were ready to be unleashed as a headliner.

  • KISS - ALIVE 75

    This was KISS’ 1st ever live album and fourth overall release. The album features live tracks from the band’s three albums. Album was recorded in Detroit, MichiganCleveland, OhioWildwood, New Jersey; and Davenport, Iowa. Most believe it was just Detroit’s Cobo Hall. Still a wonderful piece of Kisstory! See what I did there?

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