Written by Emilee Lindner • Photography by James Devaney/Getty Images • July 2, 2017
Music and celebration have always gone hand in hand -- and there's no greater feeling that being at a live show, feeling exuberant and loved, watching your favorite act burst with joy. Of course, if you're celebrating your love for the U.S.A., a concert is a great way to do that. Whether you're ready to celebrate the Fourth of July or if you're just feeling patriotic, the follow live music clips will have you loving America and music.
At a Fourth of July concert in Tucson, Arizona, KISS doused themselves in red, white and blue (and black and white, of course). On their Freedom to Rock Tour, they ripped through a hard-rock version of the Star-Spangled Banner before launching into their classic "Rock 'N Roll All Nite." Gene Simmons' bass was covered in stars and stripes (an American Flag AXE Bass to be accurate), while the rest of the stage floated in imagery of the American flag.
Beyoncé has performed at numerous events for former President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, but one of the most moving of them was the unifying "America The Beautiful" from Obama's first inauguration in 2009. At the end of the event, Bey played them out with the folk tune, reaching great heights with her voice as a sea of blue and red swayed behind her. A choir added bits to her performance before she closed with a singalong from everyone on the National Mall, including those celebrities who joined her on the platform.
The American Idol Season 5 winner is a well-known patriot. At a Fourth of July concert at the Stadium of Fire in Provo, Utah, Taylor Hicks got 65,000 people to wave American flags during his performance of "Do I Make You Proud?" -- his first single in 2006.
Toby Keith never leaves a doubt about his love for America -- from his American-themed music to the red, white and blue gutiar he slings across his chest. He took that guitar on tour in 2015, and above, you can find him playing it on "Red, White and Blue" in Darien Lake, New York, with a Star-Spangled Banner intro from his guitarist. The concert was a week after the Fourth of July and is still perfect for any of your Independence Day proceedings.
Of course, you don't have to be American to appreciate the patriotism of your American audiences. When Swedish House Mafia played their farewell tour in the U.S., in 2013, they wanted to pay homage to the country that supported them throughout their career as a trio. They played out to their most famous song, "Don't You Worry Child," with a giant American flag emblazoned on the screen behind them -- surely an emotional moment for all.
Similarly, Coldplay's Chris Martin paid homage to the U.S. during the Mylo Xyloto North American tour, when he took an American flag from the hands of a fan waving it in the audience. Singing "Every Teardrop Is A Waterfall," he jumped around with the flag to the voracious delight of fans at Excel Energy Centre in St. Paul, Minnesota. Coldplay are on tour! Get you tickets here.
And here's Paul McCartney waving an American flag! Even though he's a British knight, he's spent so much time in America and is so beloved here, it makes sense. This clip is from the Seattle stop of his Out There Tour in 2013, and lucky for you, McCartney is bringing his show to the U.S. once again -- get tickets here.
After the U.S. Women's Soccer Team brought home the trophy from the World Cup in 2015, Taylor Swift honored the players in the best way she could. She invited them onstage during her song, "Style," and had her fans at the MetLife Stadium in New Jersey and doused them in praise. The players -- four of them from Jersey -- danced along to the song and waved American flags in the back. They also carried their trophy into the spotlight, letting Swift holding it. Heidi Klum was there to congratulate them too, and it felt good to have the winning team back on U.S. soil.
U2 have always been a worldly band, and at the Super Bowl Halftime Show after 9/11, they cradled American audiences with a holy tribute to the victims of the awful terrorist attack. Even if they hail from Ireland, U2 felt like a part of the U.S. that night, when they took the country's pain and lifted it into the stars while playing "Beautiful Day" and "Where the Streets Have No Name." Names of those killed scrolled slowly behind the band, honoring every single person. The Edge's guitar echoed like a church bell as millions of people at home were given a spiritual experience at a time when we felt broken.
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