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Music History Events: Memorable Concerts

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May 20, 2017 Toby Keith performs to an all-male audience in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, in one of the first concerts in the city since a ban on public performance of music was relaxed after more than 25 years.

November 19, 2016 At the Sacramento stop on his Saint Pablo Tour, Kanye West does three songs, delivers a 17-minute monologue, and leaves the stage.More

March 31, 2016 Michael Stipe, Cyndi Lauper, Ann Wilson and Perry Farrell are among the performers at a Carnegie Hall concert honoring David Bowie.More

March 6, 2016 Diplo and his electronic dancehall project Major Lazer land a historic Havana gig, becoming the first US musical act to perform in Cuba in the new era of diplomatic relations between the island and the US, precipitating a visit from President Obama later in the month.More

February 7, 2016 Coldplay and football (the American kind) come together when the band headlines the halftime show of Super Bowl 50 between the Denver Broncos and Carolina Panthers. It is an odd pairing, but after a set that includes "Viva La Vida" and "Paradise," Bruno Mars appears, followed by halftime show savior Beyoncé, who blasts out her new song, "Formation."

December 31, 2015 Mötley Crüe play their last show: a New Year's Eve concert in Los Angeles complete with Nikki Sixx's flamethrower bass and Tommy Lee's drum roller coaster.More

July 5, 2015 Damon Albarn has to be carried off stage after a performance in Denmark overruns by five hours.More

October 28, 2014 At their regular haunt - the Beacon Theater in New York City - The Allman Brothers Band play their final show, a four-hour set that goes past midnight, ending on the anniversary of Duane Allman's death.

January 27, 2014 Billy Joel begins his residency at Madison Square Garden, where he plays once a month as long as there is demand.More

July 19, 2013 Pearl Jam play a sold-out show at Wrigley Field in Chicago, the first American stop touring behind their 10th studio album, Lightning Bolt. Seven songs in, the show is delayed by... lightning. After midnight, the band returns to the stage and plays a rousing set, as the place is still packed.

February 3, 2013 Beyoncé invigorates the 2013 Super Bowl halftime show with a performance that reunites Destiny's Child.More

February 5, 2012 The Super Bowl XLVI halftime show becomes the most-watched television event in history, at 118 million views. Performing artists include Madonna, LMFAO, Nicki Minaj, and Cee Lo Green.

September 13, 2011 The B-52s play their first ever show in Idaho, finally performing their song "Private Idaho" in the state that inspired it.

July 3, 2011 Unable to walk since a botched operation two years earlier, Little Richard is wheeled in with a piano to perform at the "A Capitol Fourth" concert at the National Mall in Washington, DC. It's his first performance since the operation.

June 19, 2010 Backstreet Boys join New Kids on the Block at NKOTB's show in Radio City Music Hall. The response is so great that the re-formed bands begin touring together... as NKOTBSB.

June 16, 2010 Metallica, Megadeth, Slayer and Anthrax play on the same bill, marking the first time the "Big Four" of thrash metal do a show together.More

August 15, 2009 On the first UK gig of their 360 tour, U2 breaks the Wembley Stadium Attendance record when 88,000 show up. Their "claw" set design allows more fans to fit in the stadium and breaks Rod Stewart's record of 83,000 set in 1995.

June 12, 2009 At the Bonnaroo festival, Beastie Boys play together for the last time, as Adam Yauch (MCA) is soon diagnosed with cancer.

March 5, 2009 Michael Jackson announces his "This Is It" series of concerts to be held at the O2 Arena in London. The shows quickly sell out, but Jackson dies before they begin.

January 18, 2009 A wide range of top musicians including Mary J. Blige, U2, Beyoncé, Bruce Springsteen, Garth Brooks, Sheryl Crow, will.i.am, James Taylor, John Legend, John Mellencamp, Pete Seeger, Shakira, Usher and Stevie Wonder, perform at a concert in Washington, DC, to celebrate the upcoming inauguration of Barack Obama as President of the United States of America.More

July 18, 2008 Billy Joel plays the "Last Play at Shea" concert - the final show before Shea Stadium is closed down. Joel is joined on stage by Paul McCartney, Garth Brooks, Steven Tyler of Aerosmith, and The Who's Roger Daltrey.More

July 16, 2008 Billy Joel bids goodbye to Flushing, New York's iconic Shea Stadium with the first of two star-studded concerts. Sadly, this is the highlight of the Mets' season.

December 10, 2007 Led Zeppelin play a one-off show at the O2 Arena in London, the biggest reunion in rock history. John Bonham's son, Jason, plays drums at the show, which is hailed by critics and fans as triumphant.More

July 7, 2007 Live Earth, a series of concerts to initiate action against global warming, takes place around the world.More

February 4, 2007 Prince wows at the Super Bowl halftime show, closing with an otherworldly rendition of "Purple Rain" in the rain.More

November 18, 2006 With the aid of a private jet, Jay-Z plays seven 30-minute sets across the US in one day to promote his comeback album, Kingdom Come.

October 14, 2006 Opening for Rascal Flatts at Madison Square Garden, Eric Church goes off-kilter, playing a little "Crazy Train" and staying on stage past his allotted time. He is kicked off the tour and replaced by a talented newcomer named Taylor Swift.

February 18, 2006 A week before Carnival, the Rolling Stones play a free concert to an estimated 1.5 million people at Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro.More

September 27, 2005 The White Stripes are the first to webcast a concert when their show at the Merriweather Post Pavilion in Maryland is streamed on NPR.org.

May 6, 2005 Audioslave becomes the first US rock act to perform a free outdoor concert in Cuba when the group performs at La Tribuna in Havana.

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