Get ready to fill your concert void with some live collaborations.
If you’re like me and love watching live sets then you know that they really hit different when compared to studio versions.
What can make any live show extra special is when more than one artist or band share the stage together and display genuine camaraderie. There is energy, emotion and excitement that radiates from the performance and it is so special to experience.
Join me now in the experience with these 15 incredible live collaborations.
“I Need My Girl” – The National & Phoebe Bridgers
You’ll probably need tissues for this one. Phoebe Bridgers joins The National on stage for their song “I Need My Girl” and it is remarkable. The blend of Matt Berninger’s rustic lower register and Phoebe’s soft angelic tone sounds effortless and quite frankly, something out of a dream.
“Handle With Care” – Yukon Blonde & The Zolas
In 2018 two Canadian bands, Yukon Blonde and The Zolas went on tour together. During every night they would share the stage at the end of their sets and perform the iconic Traveling Wilbury’s hit “Handle with Care.” This fan-video captured the special rendition at Toronto’s Danforth Music Hall.
“Heavenly Father” – Bon Iver & The Staves
Inside the Sydney Opera House we get a magical performance from Bon Iver and The Staves. This acapella rendition of the phenomenal track features harmonies from the heavens and emotion from the soul.
“Wake Up” – Arcade Fire & David Bowie
If you have yet to see this video from 2005, please do yourself a favour. Joining forces, Bowie and Arcade Fire share the stage performing their colossal song “Wake Up” at Radio City Music Hall in New York. The song itself is already incredible, but with Bowie’s seal of approval and performance, it brings it to a whole new level.
“I Shall Be Released” – Jack Johnson & Eddie Vedder & Amos Lee
Eddie Vedder has had his fair share of collaborations but his performance with Jack Johnson and Amos Lee gets me every time. They do a stunning version of Bob Dylan’s “I Shall Be Released” including phenomenal harmonies between Eddie and Jack. Eternally grateful for this fan-captured video.
“Beautiful Strangers” – Kevin Morby & Waxahatchee & Nathaniel Rateliff
Kevin Morby’s emotive and extremely charming single “Beautiful Strangers” is brought to life here alongside two remarkable singers, Katie Crutchfield (Waxahatchee) and Nathaniel Rateliff. The video shows the three of them side by side while Morby strums the electric and Rateliff takes the acoustic.
“Sleeping Sickness” – City and Colour and Gord Downie
Do I even have to explain myself here? Canadian legends Gord Downie and Dallas Green performing their song “Sleeping Sickness” will have you in your feels and basking in nostalgia.
“Strong Enough” – Lorde & Haim
This is some major girl power right here. Haim and Lorde deliver a tremendously dreamy take on Sheryl Crow’s “Strong Enough.” With a bass drum, a mason jar and an electric guitar solo at the 2:12 mark, this collaboration is nothing short of epic.
“Don’t Dream It’s Over” – Flock of Dimes and Sylvan Esso
Two stunning vocalists covering an equally stunning song…what more can you ask for? This dreamy take of Crowded House’s “Don’t Dream It’s Over” is honestly a must-listen.
“Love More” – Bon Iver & Sharon Van Etten
Obviously if there’s another Bon Iver collab I have to cover it, and to be fair it would be wrong not to include this one. The incredibly talented duo stand alone on the stage to perform Van Etten’s achingly beautiful song “Love More.” The intimate and heartfelt performance was for David Lynch’s Festival of Disruption.
“Blood” – Mumford and Sons & Gang of Youths
Performing “Blood” originally by The Middle East are the two insanely talented bands, Mumford & Sons and Gang of Youths. It truly is an absolute masterpiece from the production, perfect vocal harmonies, and the genuine joy that radiates in this video. Not to mention, the insane build up and explosion of energy and sound that will certainly give you goosebumps.
“Under Pressure” – The Used & My Chemical Romance
Circa 2005 punk goes classic rock and they did it well. The Used and My Chemical Romance embarked on the Taste of Chaos tour where they gave this electric performance every night. Lead vocalist Brent McCracken of The Used introduces the song saying, “This song is for the victims of the disastrous tsunami,” referring to the tragedy in South Asia in December 2004.
“Rockin’ In The Free World” – Arkells & Randy Bachman
This exciting video shows Arkells and Randy Bachman sharing the stage with special guests K.D. Lang, Blackie and The Rodeo Kings, Whitehorse, Beau Dommage and more. They sure did give a high-intensity and thrilling performance of Neil Young’s rock n roll classic.
“Get Back” – Paul McCartney & Brittany Howard
From Lollapalooza 2015, Brittany Howard (from Alabama Shakes) joined Paul McCartney for an iconic Beatles tune “Get Back.” Sharing a mic, the duo’s performance is upbeat and fun and naturally we are blessed with Howard’s incredibly talented vocals.
This Must Be The Place (Naïve Melody) – Lumineers & Rayland Baxter
Live at Bonnaroo 2019, Rayland Baxter offers his unique vocal skills that pair nicely with Lumineers’ frontman Wesley Schultz. Together they give a striking rendition of The Talking Head’s amazing tune.