BURBANK, CA - MAY 22: Chester Bennington of Linkin Park performs on stage at the iHeartRadio Album Release Party presented by State Farm at the iHeartRadio Theater Los Angeles on May 22, 2017 in Burbank, California. (Photo by Rich Fury/Getty Images for iHeartMedia)

A good live rock concert is an electrifying and unforgettable experience that transcends just the music. Several key elements come together to create such an event. I recently asked DHA Listeners what band they would want to watch in concert if they could rewind time.

But why were some of these bands/artists picked? Well, first you need passionate performers. A stellar live rock concert hinges on the passion and energy of the musicians. Their commitment to their craft and the audience’s enjoyment is something you just can’t describe. They connect with the crowd, sharing their emotions and enthusiasm.

Engaging Stage Presence is key too. A memorable concert features artists who command the stage with charisma and confidence. Their movements, interaction with the audience, and overall presence add to the show’s excitement.

Of course, what’s live music without superb sound? High-quality sound equipment is crucial for delivering music with clarity and power. A good mix ensures that every instrument and vocal can be heard really well, allowing the audience to fully immerse themselves in the performance.

Visuals are another key component. Now, not every band hinges on visuals for a great show, but Visual elements, including lighting, pyrotechnics, and stage design, can contribute to the concert’s impact. These elements enhance the mood and create a visually captivating experience.

It is key that the band have a connection with the audience. Successful rock concerts foster a sense of unity among concertgoers. The audience’s energy and participation feedback to the performers create a relationship that elevates the experience.

A great concert often includes spontaneous moments and surprises. Whether it’s an unexpected cover song or an artist’s candid interaction with the crowd, these unscripted moments can be the highlights of the night.

Of course, as the show wraps up, a memorable concert leaves the audience wanting more. Encores should be carefully curated to send the crowd home on a high note.

Basically, a good live rock concert is a powerful combination of music, showmanship, and connection. It leaves a lasting impression, etching the experience into the memories of those fortunate enough to be in attendance, and serving as a testament to the enduring allure of live music.
When I asked what band they would want to watch in concert if they could rewind time, New Jersey Rockers listed some amazing bands that cover most of this live concert checklist!

Let’s take a look at the top comments.


    Some of us weren’t around or old enough to see Zeppelin in their prime. Full original lineup. Blazing guitar solos. A Bare-chested Plant singing his heart out and Bonham going to town on the drums. Definitely worth going back in time for if you could!


    Lots of Listeners wish they could go back and see the original VH lineup with Diamond Dave working the crowd and Eddie churning out incredible sols and sounds on that guitar. It doesn’t get much better.


    A prolific frontman with amazing vocal skills.  A tight band.  And overall eclectic song writing! Surely a sight to behold.  They also sound incredibly like the albums they recorded!




    Chester’s live vocals were extraordinary. The band was so on point with their execution. Bringing the energy, the melody, and some great riffs.  One band that would be great to go back and watch!


    Scott Weiland, the eccentric frontman with powerful and exciting vocal ability.  The band was always playing so cohesively with an emphasis on being tight, polished, and full of energy!

  • AC/DC

    Don’t get me wrong, seeing them with Bon Scott would have been an insanely cool moment.  His raw talent and vocals were infectious.  But after Back In Black, they had something to prove.  And they set out to conquer the world!

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