Saturday Stream | Live From Madison Square Garden


On Monday Madison Square Garden’s will add the Grateful Dead to the New York City venue’s Walk Of Fame. The Dead join an illustrious collection of performers who have held events at MSG, having played The Garden 52 times since making their debut January 7, 1979. This week’s Spotify playlist —Live From Madison Square Garden –showcases 15 live recordings from throughout MSG’s storied history.

The playlist begins with the opener from LCD Soundsystem’s April 2, 2011 final concert, and includes contributions from The Dead’s famed Spring 1990 run and Phish’s epic New Year’s Eve 1995 show. Also represented are the two artists who have held the most shows at The Garden: Billy Joel and Elton John. This year Joel topped John’s previous record of 64 shows during his currently monthly residency at MSG. John’s entry on the playlists features a sit-in by John Lennon on one of the former Beatle’s solo tracks.

There are also classic performances from legends like Johnny Cash, Elvis Presley, Neil Diamond and Bruce Springsteen. You’ll also find current rock bands Pearl Jam and O.A.R. alongside veterans like The Rolling Stones, The Doors and Jethro Tull. The 15-tracks clock in just under two hours –all live from New York, from The Mecca.