The Most Moving Performances In Music (Part 1)

by Emilio Pérez Miguel on April 25, 2010

This is the first part of something that I hope to build along with your collaboration. The title speaks for itself, really – I’ll try and collect together these moments in which music becomes a true epiphany.

I have begun by picking my five favorite moments. I have made an effort to include some performances by artists I am yet to add to the blog like Pink Floyd (just give me time), and artists I am to cover more extensively like Queen.

Please, add your suggestions by leaving a comment. The idea is to let everybody discover these performances he might not hear about otherwise, and which are too amazing to be missed. I’m counting on you!

So, without further ado:

1- Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova Perform “Falling Slowly” At The 80th Academy Awards.

Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova Performing "Falling Slowly" Live At The 80th Academy Awards

Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova Performing "Falling Slowly" Live At The 80th Academy Awards

The stars of “Once” play the movie’s signature tune at the 80th Academy Awards. You can watch the performance here.

2- Pink Floyd Performs At The Live 8

The whole band reunited for the first time in 24 years for the Live 8 festival, and they proved that they still had it. “Comfortably Numb” was the final song they played that night. The performance started gathering momentum when Mason threw his headphones away (around the 2:00 mark)… The song ended up being even more mesmerizing than ever.

3- Music Video: Queen’s “These Are The Days”

Freddie Mercury’s farewell. It might be one of the biggest tearjerkers in the history of music:

4- Music Video: Jeff Buckley’s “Last Goodbye”

This is a masterpiece bristling with sentiment at every note, and the section after the orchestrated break is simply something out of this world.

5- The Who Performs “Won’t Get Fooled Again” For “The Kids Are Alright

This was the final performance from the show that filmmaker Jeff Stein arranged in order to have more up-to-date clips for the band’s biopic. It would turn out to be the band’s final performance with Keith Moon.

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