The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is gearing up for the April 25th opening of their new exhibit, “Common Ground: The Music Festival Experience”, which takes an interactive look at the history of the music festival.
Leading up to the “Common Ground” opening, the Rock Hall invited fans to vote on their top 10 favorite festival moments, which would then be used in a compilation clip that would be played as part of the exhibit. The clip can be viewed above, and we must say, the fans picked some amazing performances.
While there’s no denying the legendary sets from the Jimi Hendrix Experience and Big Brother and the Holding Company at the Monterey International Pop Music Festival, this writer has a special place in her heart for the performances from Queen and U2 at Live Aid.
Very few acts can make an arena containing a crowd of about 72,000 feel like an intimate rock club, but that’s what Queen and U2 did that day. For U2, it was the moment that helped make them THE band of the 1980’s; for Queen, it was THE moment that solidified them as one of the greatest live acts in the history of rock and roll.
Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Top 10 Festival Moments, As Voted By Fans
1 - Jimi Hendrix Experience | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967)
2 - Big Brother and the Holding Company | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967)
3 - Queen | Live Aid (1985)
4 - Santana | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1969)
5 - Bob Dylan | Newport Folk Festival (1965)
6 - Otis Redding | Monterey International Pop Music Festival (1967)
7 - Nine Inch Nails | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1994)
8 - Sly and the Family Stone | Woodstock Music & Art Fair (1969)
9 - U2 | Live Aid (1985)
10 - Muddy Waters | Newport Jazz Festival (1960)