Rolling Stone Magazine has put together a list of the 50 greatest live acts right now and some are music greatest artists such as Bruce Springsteen, Prince, the Rolling Stones, and making the list is two of country music’s very own Eric Church and Taylor Swift.
To create this extensive list, the magazine asked a panel of writers, industry figures and artists to vote on their favorite live performers right now. The magazine raved about Church, saying, “At his summer stadium shows, country star Eric Church emerges amid smoke and sirens…beginning a gig that recalls arena rock’s golden age.” Church appeals to an enormous audience, as demonstrated by his Lollapalooza invitation, he was the only country star invited to the alternative rock festival, and he also received Album of the Year at the 2013 ACMs, as for Swift, she just made the list at No. 49.
What makes a great live band?
Is it how long they play? Or maybe the set list distinction between “the hits” and “the new stuff”? How about the energy the lead singer expresses on stage telling the audience to clap their hands and so on? Maybe it has to do with the number of original members who aren’t dead, or the already-peaked level of fame they’re still coasting off from 30 years later? If you’re Rolling Stone, it’s all of that, though it also helps if you’re the Rolling Stones or you have been in a band for more than 20 years and around 50 years old.
50. Fiona Apple
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