Best Live Album
Captured at Victoria Hall as part of an intensive world tour, this 21-song set is a celebration of a legendary career.
Joined by Myles Kennedy of Alter Bridge on vocals, Slash ripped through cuts culled from his G'N'R days, Velvet Revolver, Slash's Snake Pit, and his critically acclaimed 2010 solo album.
Nearly two hours of incendiary performance after incendiary performance, the album captures an amazing atmosphere at Victoria Hall as Slash and his band tear up the stage in what has to be one of the best "homecomings" of all time in front of an ecstatic sold out crowd.
Live albums are rarely this good.
|2) GARY MOORE - LIVE AT MONTREUX 2010
The late great Gary Moore's final recorded concert gives us an insight into where he was, musically speaking, at the time of his untimely death. Typically outstanding, Gary was undoubtedly in "rock" mode when Montreux was recorded, and the bulk of the set is drawn from his superb rock albums of the 80s, with a couple of his blues classics thrown in for good measure. There are even three brand new songs on here that would have appeared on the album he was working on at the time. It's an emotional listen, but a fitting musical farewell to one of the greatest guitarists of all time.
|3) DEF LEPPARD - MIRRORBALL
Amazingly this is Def Leppard's first official live album in their 30+ year existence, and it's pretty much perfect. Instead of putting out a single show performance the band painstakingly trawled through hundreds of hours of archive material from their Sparkle Lounge tour and they picked out the very best performance of each song in their set. There's barely an overdub or a "fix" in sight, and what this album does so fantastically is remind the listener what a special live band Def Leppard still are. Shed of their production sheen, this is a heavy rock band in full flow and having fun. The three bonus brand new studio tracks, including immediate fan-favourite Undefeated, aren't too shabby either.
|4) PEARL JAM - LIVE ON TEN LEGS
The band compile some of their best live recordings from the hundreds of live "official bootlegs" on the market from the years 2003-2010. Some of the recordings are separated by by seven years, but you wouldn't know it on this wholly coherent and outstanding live album that proves just how vital and exciting Pearl Jam have always been.
|5) BAD COMPANY - LIVE AT WEMBLEY
With a set largely drawn from the band's first three albums Mick Ralphs, Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers give what's likely to be a final farewell to their Bad Company days in style. Recorded at Wembley Arena on their UK tour in 2010, this album sees the band (supplemented by Howard Leese on guitars and Lynn Sorensen on bass) deliver a setlist featuring all the band's classic hits, live fan favourites and some rarely heard gems to create the ultimate Bad Company live release.
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