San Francisco is an arts and culture city. Some of the most famous concerts ever have been held in the city. It’s because it’s one of the best-known cities in the U.S. and has a lot of places to go. Check out some of the legendary bands like The Beatles, who have played live music in San Francisco.
Jefferson Airplane played at the Matrix on August 13, 1965
In the 1960s, Marty Balin was a young musician who was trying to start his own band. He bought a pizza place in the city and turned it into a nightclub called The Matrix. Balin started putting together a house band right away. Jorma Kaukonen, Paul Kantner, and Signe Toly Anderson were some of the local musicians he chose.
The three of them chose to call themselves the Jefferson Airplanes. When the club opened on August 13, 1965, the band played for the first time. In the end, the band Jefferson Airplane became famous all over the world and helped build the music scene in San Francisco.
The Rolling Stones played at the Civic Auditorium on May 14, 1965
Many people know that comedy shows in San Francisco are funny and have been around since the city was founded. In the same way, The Rolling Stones’ performance at Civic Auditorium will be remembered forever.
On May 14, 1965, an event called “The Boss of the Bay” was put on by the radio station KYA. The lineup included Beau Brummels, Paul Revere, and The Rolling Stones. This concert is important because it was the first time “The Rolling Stones” played live music in San Francisco.
Bill Graham was in Golden Gate Park on November 3, 1991
When Bill Graham died in a plane crash in 1991, it shocked the whole world. It was a free of cost concert in Golden Gate Park, to honor Bill Graham’s memory. A legendary lineup included Crosby, Stills, the Grateful Dead, Journey, Nash & Young, Robin Williams, and Santana. Three hundred thousand people gathered in the Polo Fields to honor a great man and San Francisco legend.
The Who at Cow Palace on November 20, 1973
Everyone did a great job. When Keith Moon, the drummer for The Who, quit out of the blue because he drank and did drugs too much. The band asked someone in the crowd to take Moon’s place so they could finish the show. Scot Halpin, who is 19 years old, took the chance right away and did a great job throughout the whole show. Later, Rolling Stone Magazine named Halpin the “Pickup Player of the Year. It was the best nightlife in San Francisco.
Tibetan Freedom Concert on June 15, 1996
It was one of the best live music events in San Francisco that raised money for Tibetan freedom. On June 15, 1996, the Beastie Boys started the events, which brought in a total of $800,000 for the cause. The Smashing Pumpkins, Richie Havens, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine, Yoko Ono/Ima, De La Soul, Sonic Youth, The Beastie Boys, Biz Markie, the Foo Fighters, Bjork, the Fugees, and No Doubt were among the artists who played.
The Beatles were at Candlestick Park on August 29, 1966
The Beatles have played in America many times, and all of those shows are famous. On August 29, 1966, 25,000 lucky fans saw the Beatles play at Candlestick Park. Many people didn’t know that it was the last time the Beatles would ever play in the U.S.
Well, these are some of the great performances that people still remember and love. But live music shows are scheduled all year long in San Francisco. If you have never been to a live music concert, you should give it a try.