Bruce Springsteen – The Fever (Live in 1978)

A classic Bruce Springsteen song that never got an official release until 1998’s 18 Tracks. Widely bootlegged and circulated. This is a great video of “The Fever”, from back when The E Street band had more hair. Clarence Clemons does some great saxophone work on this one.

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T. Rex – Jeepster (Live at Wembley in 1972)

A friend reminded me that it was Marc Bolan’s birthday yesterday (Sept 30th). He’d be 67 now, if he hadn’t died in that car crash back in 1977. A tragic loss.

I found this great live clip of T. Rex performing “Jeepster” at Wembley Stadium in 1972. “Jeepster” is from their brilliant 1971 record Electric Warrior. It was released as a single, and it was a big hit for the band. It peaked at #2 on the UK charts.

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Weezer – Say It Ain’t So (Live on Letterman in 1995)

Dave always had great musical guests. Here’s Weezer doing “Say It Ain’t So” on Letterman in 1995. Rivers Cuomo plays all the lead licks, which I hadn’t realized. I thought it was the other guy doing lead, but Rivers does it all! He wrote it, sings it, and plays lead.

We posted the original video for the song a while back, too.

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Otis Redding – Try A Little Tenderness (Live in 1967)

Filmed the day before Otis Redding died in a plane crash. The last time he ever performed “Try A Little Tenderness”.

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Beastie Boys – Sabotage (Live on Letterman in 1994)

“Our next guests are fly, fresh, dope, AND phat.”

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Elvis Costello & The Beastie Boys – Radio, Radio (Live on SNL in 1999)

Elvis Costello was the first artist to be banned for life from Saturday Night Live. Twelve years later, he was back on, performing the same song that got him banned, with the same apology to the audience that preceded it. In this version, the Beastie Boys are playing the part of the Attractions. Adrock is awesome to watch on the keyboards. He’s clearly having a ton of fun. Check it out.

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Neil Young – Words (Live in Glastonbury in 2009)

I don’t remember coming across a live version of “Words” before. It’s one of the many great tracks on Harvest, but one I’d never known Neil to do live. But here he is, rocking “Words” at Glastonbury. Ben Keith was still with us, and him and Neil really make this live version special.

Here’s an audience recording of “Words” in Nantes, France on the same tour. In this one, at the beginning, you can hear the crowd go crazy when they realize he’s playing “Words”. That’s the way Neil freaks are. Even French Neil freaks.

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