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Lighters in the Sky


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1960: There's a Riot Goin' On in Newport 1961: The King Returns, Long Live the King! 1962: Mr. Dynamite's Apollo Explosion 1963: Sam Gets Cookin' in Miami 1964: Jerry Lee's Star Time 1965: The Beatles Shea-k Up New York 1966: "Judas!" 1967: Let Me Stand Next to Your Fire - Hendrix at Monterey 1968: Cream's Farewell 1969: Woodstock: Three Days of Peace & Music 1970: The Who Live at Leeds 1971: The Allman Brothers at Fillmore East 1972: The Rolling Stones Touring Party 1973: Farewell, Ziggy Stardust 1974: CSNY Meet Their Doom 1975: Led Zeppelin Hold Court 1976: The Band's Last Waltz 1977: The Ramones Rocket to the Rainbow 1978: Darkness on the Edge of Jersey 1979: Van Halen's Califfornia Jam 1980: L.A. Masonry: Pink Floyd and The Wall 1981: The Clash Bond in Times Square 1982: Ozzy Osbourne and the Bat Incident 1983: U2's Blood Red Triumph 1984: The Shit Hits the Fans 1985: Purple Rain at the Forum 1986: Queen Rock Wembley 1987: Guns N' Roses' Pasadena Paradise 1988: The King of Pop Goes Bad 1989: Fuck tha Police: N.W.A in Anaheim 1990: Madonna's Blond Ambition 1991: Jane's Addiction's Farewell Lollapalooza 1992: With the Lights Out at Reading 1993: East vs. West: Tupac & Biggie at MSG 1994: Nine Inch Nails at Mudstock 1995: Pearl Jam Soldier On 1996: Knebworth Supernova 1997: Excellent Programming at Glastonbury 1998: Elliott Smith Lands at Largo 1999: Lauryn Hill's Japanese Miseducation 2000: OutKast Stank Up the Sunset Strip 2001: Jay-Z Assumes the Throne 2002: Strokes of White at Radio City 2003: The Dixie Chicks' Presidential Salute 2004: Dave Chappelle's Brooklyn Block Party 2005: Green Day's American Idiocy 2006: Daft Punk and the Technicolor Pyramid 2007: Achilles Last Stand: Led Zeppelin at the O2 2008: Foos Fighting in London 2009: Three Hundred and Sixty Degrees of an Irish Rock Band 2010: Arcade Fire Out of the Suburbs 2011: Kanye West's Beautiful Dark, Twisted Coachella 2012: Dre Dre's So-Cal Seance 2013: Yeezus Season Approaching 2014: Jay-Z & Beyonce: '14 Bonnie & Clyde 2015: Drake's OVO Inferno 2016: A Desert Trip Through the Past

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About the Author

Corbin Reiff is a senior music writer for Uproxx. He has written for some of the biggest music publications, including Rolling Stone, Spin, Pitchfork, The AV Club, Complex, and Guitar World. He lives in Chicago with his wife, Jenna, and his dogs, Page and Hendrix.


"Must-read . . . Music fans love a good debate -- and this year-by-year chronicle of notable concerts, from Oasis at Knebworth Park to Beatles at Shea Stadium, will no doubt spawn plenty of (playful) heated conversations." --Salon

"Passionate, personal, and articulated from the lens of a masterful historian with a sharp interest in the topic. . . . A book that feels immersive without being stuffy, authoritative without being dismissive, and historical without being boring. It takes a rare writer to cover acts as disparate as Van Halen, The Dixie Chicks, and NWA with equal gravitas and knowledge, but in Lighters in the Sky Reiff has done just that. This is a book composed by a writer who is first and foremost a music fan, a characteristic that is often derided by the old school who demand faux-objective remove must inform good criticism. But Corbin's criticism is uplifted by his generous, spirited enthusiasm, which comes through strongly on every page." --UPROXX

"Veteran music critic Corbin Reiff catalogs a well-researched, year-by-year breakdown of the most seminal concerts in each of the last six decades." --Business Insider

"A first-rate tribute . . . The next best thing to actually being there. It's pretty apparent from the onset that Reiff has put in a considerable amount of time and research into this project and by drawing from a plethora of various different sources he makes sure he gets it right. . . . Lighters in the Sky succeeds on all levels. . . . It's a splendid escapist, time-travel trip through the greatest live concerts in history." --Classic Rock Revisited

"Must-read . . . Music fans love a good debate -- and this year-by-year chronicle of notable concerts, from Oasis at Knebworth Park to Beatles at Shea Stadium, will no doubt spawn plenty of (playful) heated conversations." --Salon

"Well-researched, well-argued . . . A music lover reflecting on the brilliance of live music. A great read for any music fan." --NeuFutur

"In his carefully researched tome, Reiff captures the best performances of the last 50-plus years. . . . It's a way to travel back and vicariously live these shows." --Consequence of Sound

"Music fans love nostalgia--and a good debate. So what better material to argue over than a history of the greatest concerts of the past 56 years?" --Chicago Tribune

One of "the best music books of 2017 . . . It's a great book to pick up and debate with and about." --Vinyl Me, Please

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