Hey! I'm looking for opinions on Amy's best live shows. Obviously, it's bound to be very subjective as her live singing was a bit of an acquired taste, but I'd like to see other people's thoughts. I'm mainly looking for thoughts on Back to Black, Rehab, He Can Only Hold Her, Some Unholy War, and maybe some Frank stuff. In my humble opinion, her performance of Back to Black at Zenith, Paris was one of her best, if not the best version of it live. I also enjoyed He Can Only Hold Her at Shepherds Bush Empire. The fact she included a Lauryn Hill song really did it for me, though she was obviously pretty buzzed at that gig.
Favorite Live Show?
Posted 26 October 2018 - 02:53 AM
I've been wondering this for a while too. I don't usually like counting her more polished up live shows, like At The BBC, or her Moon River cover with the NYJO because it's all pretty polished up and made to sound like a real studio track, but if I were to count those, they would definitely be at the top of my list. I'd have to say that Back to Black in Paris was her best version of it yet. Rehab, I'm not sure. I could never get into her live performances of Rehab because I haven't heard very many versions where she wasn't drunk. I like Some Unholy War at Shepherd's Bush Empire but I wish she didn't do the down tempo version, but I don't think she ever did the album version live.
Posted 27 October 2018 - 07:25 PM
I wish people had recorded it better honestly, and I wish the ones that do exist were better. De La Semaine, and Kalkscheune were both pretty good. Zenith was her best though, I agree on that. I can't wait to see her performance of 'A Message to You, Rudy' she did on her Grammy night when it's released.
Posted 02 November 2018 - 04:58 PM
Overall, I always go back to Glastonbury '07 (the daytime show). As much as anything else, it's probably because it was the first high-quality, full-length concert video I ever owned of hers. But she was so on point the whole show, and it features superb versions of Fuck Me Pumps and Cherry (which were rarely performed in the BTB era, sadly). I so desperately wish she did more Frank stuff with her later band. Also, great versions of Back to Black and He Can Only Hold Her (and that evening's performance is my favorite version of Rehab). For Some Unholy War, it's Portchester Hall '07 for me.
Based on responses here, it sounds like I'll have to revisit the Zenith show, though...thanks.
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