Unforgettable Live Performances: Elvis Presley, The Comeback Special 1968

Unforgettable Live Performances: Elvis Presley, The Comeback Special 1968

Pop icon and King of Rock and Roll Elvis Presley played an informal jamming session to  a small audience, it is now considered the first “Unplugged” and aired on NBC and would be known as ´68 Comeback Special. It is a delight.     “Heartbreak Hotel” (1968 Comeback Special) – Elvis Presley Elvis Aron Presley was born in Tupelo, Mississippi to a humble family. He was a twin, but his brother, Jesse was stillborn. His family was humble and moved around a lot, but it was a loving environment, his mother Gladys raised him to have a strong faith in God, he would Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: The Concert for Bangladesh

Unforgettable Live Performances: The Concert for Bangladesh

George Harrison´s two benefit concerts to raise awareness and fund refugees from East Pakistan in 1972. With the current refugee situation in the world, and numbers scaling up  and given the fact that Colombia is the one of the countries with most displaced population in the world it is impossible for us here at MVD not to think about this and feel for the world and wonder how the situation can be helped. Sadly, it is not the first time the world has faced an increase of violence and refugees in the world. Back in 1971 there was a war in Bangladesh and a Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Pink Floyd at Live 8

Unforgettable Live Performances: Pink Floyd at Live 8

After 24 years Roger Water, David Gilmour, Nick Mason and Richard Wright reunited to play on July 2nd for London´s Live 8 concert. Live 8 was a series of benefit concerts joining the voices of many celebrities supporters to obtain promises from world leaders regarding financial aid, debt cancellation and the fight against AIDS in Africa. It was organized and hosted by Bob Geldof who also organized Band Aid (A rock group formed by British and Irish musicians to raise money in the fight against poverty in Ethiopia.) Live 8 had the presence of many of the acts that also played on Band Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: Paul Simon – 5 iconic moments

Unforgettable Live Performances: Paul Simon – 5 iconic moments

Paul Simon is one of America´s most prolific and important singer songwriters of the past 40 years, we take a look at 5 iconic performances through the years for this talented and beloved man. It seems like Paul Simon with his “boy next door” pose and style could be not only your neighbor, but a friend you hang out with, have some beers with, talk about baseball with (everyone knows he is a New York Yankees Fan). He has this ordinary Joe characteristic and seems to grounded, humble and down to earth that it is easy to forget that the Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – Johnny Cash and his prison concerts

Unforgettable Live Performances – Johnny Cash and his prison concerts

The country music legend and footage of some of his unforgettable performances in different prisons throughout the years. He may have been the man in black, but his heart had stripes and rebellion at it´s center. John R. Cash was born on February 26, 1932 in Kingsland, Arkansas. His parents Ray and Carrie Rivers Cash were Baptist and farmers. Apparently when his voice dropped his mother discovered he could sing and encouraged him to follow that path, telling him he had “the gift” and paying for his first singing lessons. It turns out that after just 3 lessons his teacher Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances: ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ by Otis Redding

Unforgettable Live Performances: ‘Try a Little Tenderness’ by Otis Redding

In this installment of our series on memorable or special live performances we take a look at the final performance of a man many call the greatest soul singer of all time. There are certain singers who have something that many others would love: an instantly recognizable voice. Otis Redding is one of those. His voice transcends countries, generations and will always be one of the best male voices ever.   It is still hard to wrap my head around the fact that he was only 26 years old when he died in a plane crash on the way to Read more »

Unforgettable Live Performances – Nina Simone live at Montreaux Jazz Festival

Unforgettable Live Performances – Nina Simone live at Montreaux Jazz Festival

We start this series by looking at this devastating footage of the legendary pianist and singer Nina Simone taken from the 1976 Montreux Jazz Festival. Nina Simone is, next to The Beatles, my favorite musical artist. Sadly there’s not a lot on music videos to say about her. So as there is this ‘gap’ for artists who are legends but don´t have a long videography, I have decided to write about favorite live performances by artist who I adore but who don´t have great videos or actually, no music videos at all. This particular performance is not only unforgettable, it Read more »

Michael Jackson, Jarvis Cocker, and the long, slow beginning of the end

Michael Jackson, Jarvis Cocker, and the long, slow beginning of the end

As you may well have realized by now today marks the 5th anniversary of the death of Michael Jackson. Yes, 5 years! I can still quite clearly remember the moment I found out via the news channels late one evening. It was shocking certainly, and whilst I can´t claim to have shed any tears I do remember feeling slightly sad at the passing of a part of my childhood. It wasn´t so much the death of Jackson himself, but rather the era of greater innocence that he seemed to represent and to a certain extent embody. To anyone who grew Read more »