1. Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band
Last weekend we asked our readers to vote for their favorite live acts of all time. The results have been tabulated and here they are. As always we merely counted the votes - so you have only yourselves to blame if you don't like the results.
The winner, without a close second anywhere in sight, was Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band. When Springsteen began performing with the E Street Band in 1972 it was a four man-group, with Clarence Clemons on the saxophone, Danny Federici on the organ, Vini "Mad Dog" Lopez on drums and Garry Tallent on bass. When the group last toured in 2009 there were 11 people onstage with Springsteen, and although the sound has grown more elaborate the band hasn't lost any of the passion or the power they originally had. They've been off the road for about a year and a half, but the rumor mill says that a 2012 tour may be in the works.