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The Greatest Concerts We’ve Ever Seen

‘Rolling Stone Music Now’ celebrates the greatest live performers, with input from Brendan Benson and Brian Fallon

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With concert venues sitting silent, the latest episode of Rolling Stone Music Now finds our writers — along with special guests Brian Fallon of Gaslight Anthem and Brendan Benson of the Raconteurs — looking back on highlights from their lifetimes of seeing live music. Brittany Spanos, Andy Greene, and Rob Sheffield join host Brian Hiatt for the episode, which touches on performances by Stevie Wonder, Cher, Bruce Springsteen, Harry Styles, Fleetwood Mac, LL Cool J, the Jesus Lizard, and beyond. The panel also discusses the fallout for the concert industry and artists, as well as live music’s cloudy future.

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Last week on Rolling Stone Music Now, we honored the late John Prine and Bill Withers.

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