Here at the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll we love watching concert footage, music videos etc on the various video sites across the Internet. Occasionally these videos inspire us to share them with our readers and provide our commentary. Those posts can be found here, but because of the way copyrights work with various video sites, the videos are not always available long after the original posting.

Rush Plays Epic Opus Live in 1976

When I took a quick glance through the articles posted here at the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll, I thought that it needed just a little more hard rock and heavy metal. I live all genres of rock and roll, but there is something special about screeching guitars played far too loud, with epic grandiose songs and all spectacle that goes with them. And if you're talking about grandiose songs, one of the obvious bands to come to mind is Rush, who back in 76 were debuting a hard rock opus that would become one of the band's shining moments.

Chet Atkins Plays Live: Guitar Picking Excellence

As someone who's primarily into rock and roll, you might find it odd that one of my big influences as a guitarist is Chet Atkins. I've never much been into the country twang, but in fact, it is due to the incredible picking of Atkins (along with Jimmy Page and a few others), that I can finger pick and hybrid pick at all. I find that Chet Atkins is one of the more overlooked guitarists by younger folks (people like me actually), but his playing is beyond stellar, into the insanely good category in my opinion.

Bruce Springsteen Live: The Boss Still Rocks

In a little under two weeks, I will be going to see the one and only Bruce Springsteen live. I like concerts in general and would go to all of them if I could, but this will be my first time seeing Springsteen in concert (I've seen video, but never live) so I'm definitely really looking forward to it. To prepare, I've been seeking out a lot of clips of Springsteen and the E Street Band playing live. I've found plenty worth checking out and I thought I'd share a couple from more recent days so you all can see that the Boss still rocks as well.

Full Live Set from the Jazzy and Progressive... Tortoise

Some bands go above and beyond in terms of creativity and develop a sound and style that is completely unique. Tortoise is a band like that. A band that's been floating around in my radar for a number of years now, usually in reference to having influenced other artists, I've only recently come to start to take a closer look at their catalog. There unique blend of styles, with a sort of jazzy, progressive twist is unlike anything I've ever heard of before and I'm thoroughly impressed by their artistic style and creative depth.

Leadbelly: Folk Master Plays Take this Hammer

After I came to the early blues masters through the music of Led Zeppelin, Eric Clapton, the White Stripes and a few others, it really opened the floodgates for me and suddenly people like Blind Willie Mctell, Son House and Robert Johnson were having as big an influence on me as John Lennon and Jimmy Page. One of the artists I started listening to during that time was the one and only Huddie Ledbetter, aka Leadbelly.

The Velvet Underground Live: Two Clips to Check Out

Some bands are harder than other than others to find some decent live footage of. I've been looking for those elusive clips of the Velvet Underground playing live, specifically from their time with Andy Warhol, for a while. I'm pretty sure it exists and have seen some online, but nothing of too great a caliber till recently (then again, I don't spend all day looking for clips so I'm sure some have eluded me).

Alison Krauss and Union Station: Man of Constant Sorrow

The first time I heard of Alison Krauss was at this years Crossroads Guitar Festival actually, and I was quite impressed. I'd heard Dan Tyminski playing before but not the whole band. I was never really a big fan of country or bluegrass, but this group of very talented musicians I can really get into and I find they've really helped open my eyes to some great music.

Chuck Berry Back in the Good Ole Days: Johnny B. Goode

In these modern days of rock and roll, with so many different variations and styles it's easy to forget where everything started. It's especially easy for people like me who have never known days without rock and roll and have never known days before the rock and roll greats existed. To keep that in mind I like to listen to some of the early greats and just bask in their glory soaking it in.

Blues Jam: BB King, Albert King, and Stevie Ray Vaughan

Blues is a genre that continues to inspire me everyday for it's pure soul and emotional outpourings in musical form. Nothing in my mind is a better example of this than a great blues jam between a bunch of amazing musicians, each seeming to inspire the others to new heights. What could be a better blues jam than "The Sky is Crying", a blues classic, done by the one and only Albert King, with young Stevie Ray Vaughan as a guest guitarist AND the legendary B.B. King?

The Peter Green Era Fleetwood Mac

I remember first hearing the pop styling of Fleetwood Mac very early in my youth on classic rock radio. They always seemed like one of those classic era bands that were always talked about in some way or another. Later on as I began to really investigate classic rock I did seek out their music and felt satisfied by a lengthy "Best of" collection... well that was until I started playing guitar and discovered Peter Green.

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