A few interesting and unusual performances

Hi folks. Recently I’ve stumbled across a few interesting and unusual musical performances and I thought I would share them here. There is no connecting theme between these except that I thought they were all interesting or charming in some way.

Let’s start with a Green Day montage. This performance took place in 2010 at the Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, California. Green Day is a very interesting band and Billie Joe Armstrong (the “Prince of Punk”) is a very interesting singer/songwriter/guitarist. Also, he often plays a Telecaster 🙂 In this video, they play a super-abbreviated montage consisting of:

  • Iron Man, by Black Sabbath
  • Rock and Roll, by Led Zeppelin
  • Sweet Child O’Mine, by Guns n’Roses
  • Baba O’Reilly, by The Who
  • Ain’t talkin’ bout Love, by Van Halen
  • Highway to Hell, by AC/DC

I like the performance because they all look like they are having so much fun – it is a very whimsical performance!


The next performance is interesting because of who is playing. This is a video with John Lennon singing a blues tune and may I say his gravely blues voice is superb! Playing bass for John is not Paul McCartney but Keith Richards, lead guitarist for the Rolling Stones. Playing lead guitar for John is not George Harrison but a very young Eric Clapton! And introducing the whole performance is non other than a very young Mick Jagger! Check it out.


I am not a Funk fan but I do like some of Prince’s earlier songs. However, I have got to say that Prince is a fantastic guitarist. You can find all kinds of evidence on YouTube but my favorite performance is when he takes the lead on a performance of While My Guitar Gently Weeps, played during George Harrison’s 2004 induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s a great performance and unusual to see all these folks together: Tom Petty, Steve Winwood, Prince, Dhani Harrison, Jeff Lynne, etc. Prince’s solo starts at 3:28. Also, he plays a Telecaster 🙂 And where does that Telecaster go at the end?


Finally, I want to show you a video which was astonishing to me when I first saw it: Jimmy Page and Neil Young on stage together playing When the Levee Breaks. John Paul Jones is on bass and Robert Plant sings but more amusingly, he tries to do a guitar solo! I’ve never seen Plant even hold a guitar before! Neil Young also does a solo and his signature sound is loudly on display. Like Eddie Van Halen, Young is one of those guitarists who can be identified in just a few notes purely by the sound of his guitar adventures. He plays as if his life is about to end and it is awesome to watch. It looks like he may be having a seizure! Young’s main solo starts at 5:37 but you should watch the whole thing, especially as they end with a short version of For What It’s Worth, by Buffalo Springfield.


Recently I stumbled across another great Led Zeppelin recording. Here is Zeppelin doing a live version of “In the Evening”. They never released a live recording of this song which makes it somewhat unusual. What makes it even more unusual is that Page plays a blue Fender Stratocaster during this performance, one of the few songs in which he has ever played a strat! A good version, give it a listen.

That’s all for today. Enjoy the music!