10 of the Most Unique Rock Concert Locations

March 14, 2019

Performing at a traditional concert venue, theater or stadium is always a fun time. But some bands like to shift gears and perform at locations most people wouldn't even think about buying a ticket to. We all know rockers like to get a little crazy sometimes, but how far will they go to really put on a killer show?

1. A Bus

While sightseeing in Canada, the White Stripes were secretly planning on holding an impromptu concert on a public transit bus in Winnipeg. And in case you were wondering, they did in fact sing "The Wheels On The Bus Go 'Round And 'Round."

2. A Rooftop

One of the Beatles' most memorable performances also turned out to be their final public concerts when they gave London locals with a 42-minute set while stationed on top of the rooftop of the Apple headquarters.

3. A Mental Hospital

As we said before, rockers can be a little crazy sometimes. But when The Cramps decided to hold a concert at Napa Mental Hospital for 200 patients, it was clear that music can get through to almost everybody. Even vocalist Lux Interior said to the patients, “And somebody told me you people are crazy, but I’m not so sure about that. You seem to be all right to me.”

4. A Floating Iceberg

In partnership with Jägermeister, industrial metal band The Defiled weren't quite sure what they were in for when they were booked to perform a 30-minute gig on a flating iceberg in Greenland. However, fans were able to enjoy the show from fishing boats and the band was admitted into the Guiness Book of World Records for being the first to perform a show of this kind.

5. An Elevator

When Arcade Fire were on tour, they decided to cram all eight members into a freight elevator to play an acoustic rendition of their song "Neon Bible" where they had to use magazines and the elevator walls as instruments.

6. A Prison

There probably isn't a gig quite as legendary as when Johnny Cash performed for the inmates at Folsom Prison in 1968. It was the first of its kind and the country singer's 27th recorded album.

7. A Salt Mine

We've all heard of underground music scenes. But during their 2007 European tour, the Queens Of The Stone Age took that concept literally when they performed in a former salt mine in Germany that was attended by a select few contest winners.

8. Pompeii

In 1971 Pink Floyd performed in an empty Roman amphitheater located near the Pompeii volcanoes. They later turned their set into a concert film.

9. Antarctica

In 2013, Metallica became the first band in history to perform on all seven continents when they performed an entire concert inside a large metal igloo on Antarctica for an audience of 120 lucky people. But because there was no amplification, the audience were able to hear the band through headphones.

10. The Pyramids of Giza

Only a few artists have been able to perform at the Pyramids of Giza (Scorpions, Grateful Dead, Frank Sinatra to name a few), but Slayer recorded their video "Seasons In The Abyss" at the ancient tomb in 1990.  

The Red Hot Chili Peppers are scheduled to perform at the Pyramids of Giza on Friday, March 15th at 2pm EST. Click here to watch the live stream!