music Incredibly Famous Bands Playing Shows You Would Never Imagine They Would  

Daniel Kohn
1.6k votes 589 voters 126.3k views 21 items Embed

It's easy to see why some bands have made it big based on their early shows. Famous rock bands and rappers will usually have someone, either a friend or family member, record a given performance, especially during their early years. When the footage is released, it's nothing short of amazing to see some of our biggest stars in a similar setting to where you and I likely would have performed if we were in bands.

There are some killer clips on this list, some that few knew existed. While there are a bunch of videos floating around on the Internet, seeing a pre-Bleach Nirvana play at Radio Shack in Aberdeen, Wash. in 1988 to literally no one outside of the cameraman is a treasure for any fan of the grunge icons. This early footage shows Kurt Cobain at his rawest and this early show gives fans a bit of insight of what it was like to hear Nirvana during their earliest stages.

Given the popularity of many of these musicians, it's hard to imagine how people didn't catch on to them at these early shows. At this Guns N' Roses acoustic show from 1986, you can hear people talking amongst themselves during early versions of "Move to the City."

This list features early shows ranging from The Beatles to LL Cool J. Sit back and enjoy some of your favorite musicians before they became the stars you know today.

133 33

Nirvana Plays in Front of No One at Radio Shack (1988)

Ranker Video
Video: YouTube
99 39

Green Day Playing at a High School During Recess (1990)

Ranker Video
Video: YouTube
92 51

Rage Against the Machine's First Show Ever at Cal State Northridge (1991)

Ranker Video
Video: YouTube
64 32

The Ramones Rock CBGB's (1974)

Ranker Video
Video: YouTube