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->''"ItsBeenDone."''\\
--'''Music/GeorgeHarrison''', on watching [[WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons the Be Sharps']] final performance

A band holds a free performance live from a rooftop in an urban area, often with a large crowd forming on the streets below and police seeking to shut the performance down.

The TropeCodifier, of course, is Music/TheBeatles' final live performance together on the rooftop of their Apple Corps building in London, which came to an end when police asked them to turn the sound down. Often seen imitated for a ShoutOut or {{Homage}}.
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[[folder: Film ]]

* The TropeCodifier makes up the last part of the ''Film/LetItBe'' film.
* [[{{Mockumentary}} The story]] of TheRutles, ''The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash'', which serves as a parody of Music/TheBeatles, includes such a concert in which they are shown performing their song called "Get Up And Go," an imitation of The Beatles song "Get Back."
** The band (minus Eric Idle) also held a rooftop concert in the mid-1990's to celebrate the release of their "greatest hits" album ''Archaeology'', which coincided with the release of ''The Beatles Anthology''.
* The end of ''EmpireRecords'' features Coyote Shivers playing a concert on the roof of the record store, giving Gina the chance to fulfill her dream of performing with a band.
* ''Film/AcrossTheUniverse'' ends with one of these after all of the characters [[spoiler: (minus Lucy)]] reunite.
* ''Film/TenThingsIHateAboutYou'' ends with the camera moving from Kate and Patrick's kiss to the band Letters to Cleo playing on top of Padua High School.

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[[folder: Live Action TV ]]

* Andre on ''{{Victorious}}'' sings a song on the roof of his school to get a deal with a record company.
* On ''The Late Show with DavidLetterman'' a few bands have performed on top of the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theatre (where ''The Late Show'' is taped), including PaulMcCartney and {{Phish}} (in what was their final TV performance before their 2004 split). Also {{Eminem}} and {{JayZ}} performed on the roof proper.
* Whenever {{MTV}}'s annual ''Video Music Awards'' are held at Radio City Music Hall in New York City, it's very common to see a band perform on top of the venue's marquee during the red carpet pre-show.
* Creator/BenStiller parodied the {{U2}} music video for "Where The Streets Have No Name" in one of his many segments as Bono on ''The Ben Stiller Show''. Bono interprets an ordinary guy asking him to turn his sound down as someone trying to "shut him down" while nobody on the street below pays any attention to him singing from a building roof.
* [[FakeBand The Twitty/Stevens Connection]] in ''EvenStevens'' plays on the roof of their school in the end of the episode, "Band On The Roof".

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[[folder: Music Video ]]

* {{U2}}'s video for "Where The Streets Have No Name" sees the band draw a large crowd on the streets of Los Angeles while performing live on a rooftop. Meanwhile, the LAPD aims to shut them down. They do, but once they leave, they plug the power generators back in and continue playing.
* Alien Ant Farm does something similar in their music video "These Days".
* Norwegian Electro-Metal group TheKovenant does that in their video for "Star by Star".
* RedHotChiliPeppers did one for the song "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie".

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[[folder: Video Games ]]

* Naturally, the final leg of the story mode in ''[[RockBand The Beatles: Rock Band]]'' is the group's rooftop concert.
* ''RockBand 3'''s opening video has this, with multiple bands on multiple rooftops.

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* The New York City-based performance art group Creator/ImprovEverywhere once had a cover band pretend to be Music/{{U2}} and play some of the band's songs on top of a Manhattan rooftop... until the NYPD shut them down.

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[[folder: Western Animation ]]

* ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' saw Homer's barbershop quartet, The Be Sharps, reunite on the roof of Moe's Tavern for a performance. George Harrison, when passing by, comments "ItsBeenDone." Meanwhile, Chief Wiggum, the band's [[ThePeteBest Pete Best]], arranges for them to be tear gassed.

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[[folder: Real Life ]]

* Several Beatles cover bands are reported as having played on rooftops on January 30, 2009--the fortieth anniversary of Music/TheBeatles' own rooftop concert. In UsefulNotes/{{Seattle}}, local cover band Creme Tangerine has made it an annual tradition.
* Music/TheProtomen once held a rooftop concert, much to the dismay of the band's drummer Demon Barber, who was terrified of heights.
* JeffersonAirplane held a brief [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XLRX7bZH41g rooftop concert in New York]] about seven weeks before The Beatles did their more famous concert.
* Pitchfork Media occasionally holds a series of performances for their website that they've dubbed [[http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1B6758EE59781E4D&feature=plcp "Don't Look Down"]], which features an artist or band performing on the roof of a Chicago building. Bands they've previously had perform include The Thermals, The Hold Steady and Yo La Tengo
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