My 2012 top 3 YouTube memorable music moments

- December 28th, 2012

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Ever since my first exposure to The Beatles TV Series (the cartoons), at the age of five, I have been a huge music fan. And if you look back, there are those musical moments that become ingrained in your mind. As we get older, the details often begin to fade. Sometimes, we’re lucky. Maybe we’ve recorded that moment; maybe we have it on DVD, or 8MM film. But more often than not, the analog version of those bits and bytes or fragments thereof, are just there in our minds. Thank goodness for YouTube!

When I look back over 2012, there are three moments that really come to mind. As luck would have it, they can be shared with you because, they can be found on YouTube!

 

My first one would have to be about Paul McCartney’s Edmonton visit. I had the luxury of seeing him play both nights in Edmonton. Oh yes, I had my camera and took some shots and some video, but of course I didn’t have the fortune of being right up front.

While the whole concert was phenomenal, one of the most memorable moments, especially visual, I thought, was seeing Paul perform Live and Let Die, complete with all the pyrotechnics. In fact, for the second show I was side stage. I could actually feel the heat and saw technicians scrambling for their fire extinguishers. Special effects aside, you would never guess the ex-Beatle is 70 years old!

 

 

The second musical highlight for me was from the Kennedy Center Honors I saw on TV, just a few days ago.  While I learned quite a bit about Buddy Guy and have significantly more respect now for his music, for me the pinnacle of that evening was the tribute to Led Zeppelin. Specifically, when Ann and Nancy Wilson from Heart nailed one of the greatest songs of all time – Stairway to Heaven complete with background choir. The real tip of the hat, some of you may get the reference, and what made it even more special was Jason Bonham on drums. He’s the son of Led Zep’s legendary drummer, the late John Bonham, or Bonzo as he was called, who died over 30 years ago.  It certainly brought smiles and tears to my eyes as well as to those of the three surviving members of the band; Jimmy Page (68), Robert Plant (64) and John Paul Jones (66), who watched from the centre’s balcony.

 

And finally, while it’s been some months since the closing ceremonies of the 2012 London Olympics, I can still hear The Who front man Roger Daltrey (68) and Pete Townshend (67) whaling on his guitar, as 80,000 attendees cheered them on while they played classics like: Baba O’Riley, See Me, Feel Me and My Generation. Interesting to note was that Daltrey changed around a few lyrics. In Baba O’Riley, he belted out, “Don’t cry, just raise your eyes, there’s more than teenage wasteland”. The original line ended with “…it’s only teenage wasteland”.

It was a good change whether it was a conscious decision or not given the nature of the audience. Also, In My Generation, he omitted the line, “Hope I die before I get old”.

Funny thing, compared to the average age of an Olympics athlete, they are all old! Of all the rockers mentioned here, the baby of the bunch is Plant. At 64, (there’s a song about that), he’s the only one below the magical retirement age!

 

Special Mention, not the most memorable, but perhaps entertaining, goes out to the Gangnam Style video from the 2012 American Music Awards.

Tell us, what’s your favourite YouTube musical moment of 2012?

Happy New Year!

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Greg Gazin is the Real Canadian Gadget Guy.

Follow me on Twitter @gadgetgreg or Empire Avenue (e)GADGET1.

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3 comments

  1. Harold Gardner | December 30, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    Thanks those are some great memories. What does your top 3 of all time look like?

  2. Greg Gazin | December 31, 2012 at 10:20 am

    Top 3 of all time? Hmmm… really have to ponder on that one.

  3. Jon Alex | January 1, 2013 at 2:27 am

    Looks great post, thanks

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