Here’s a list of famous bands and the date of their final farewell concerts that range from 1959 to 2006 as they left a memorable lasting impression from their performances.
Buddy Holly – Feb. 9, 1959 – The Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa, was his final performance. He died in a plane crash after the concert on a famous night coined “The Day The Music Died” heading to the next leg of the tour.
The Beatles – Aug. 29, 1966 – The Fab Four’s paid concert was at Candlestick Park, San Francisco. The Beatles Candlestick Park set list included all their hits and was as always a huge hit with the fans. They actually released the “Let It Be” album after they were singing “Get Back” on the rooftop of Apple Records.
Elvis Presley – June 26, 1977 – The chubby old shadow of the superstar known as Elvis still managed to rustle up 17,000 fans for his final performance just a few months before his untimely death. The concert was on June 26, 1977, in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the Market Square Arena. The song list included a host of classics and a lot of talk from The King.
Led Zeppelin – July 7, 1980 – The last performance with all the original Zeppelin members took place at the end of their European Tour “Tour Over Europe 1980” in Berlin. John Bonham, the famous drummer, died that September from an accidental death related to drinking over 40 shots of vodka.
Nirvana – March 1, 1994 – Germany was the lucky city for those that saw Kurt Cobain’s final moments. The band performed in Munich before his untimely suicide just around a month later. Cobain had suffered long problems with heroin addiction, depression and a stomach illness.
Tupac Shakur – July 4, 1996 – A month before he was shot and killed in Las Vegas, the rapper was on stage at The House of Blues in Anaheim alongside Snoop Dogg and others.
Some of the tickets to these concerts are famous and can be seen on the auction block. The bands and singers left a memorable final impression. However, the Beatles never knew they were going to break up until after their Abbey Road album.