Rooftop Concert

"I'd like to say thank you on behalf of the group and ourselves and I hope we've passed the audition."

"It's been done."
George Harrison, on watching 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 Trope Codifier, of course, is The Beatles' 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 Shout-Out or Homage.

Examples

Film
  • The Trope Codifier makes up the last part of the Let It Be film.
  • The story of The Rutles, The Rutles: All You Need Is Cash, which serves as a parody of The Beatles, 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 Empire Records 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.
  • Across the Universe ends with one of these after all of the characters (minus Lucy) reunite.
  • 10 Things I Hate About You ends with the camera moving from Kate and Patrick's kiss to the band Letters to Cleo playing on top of Padua High School.

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 David Letterman a few bands have performed on top of the marquee of the Ed Sullivan Theatre (where The Late Show is taped), including Paul McCartney 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.
  • Ben Stiller 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.
  • The Twitty/Stevens Connection in Even Stevens plays on the roof of their school in the end of the episode, "Band On The Roof".

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 The Kovenant does that in their video for "Star by Star".
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers did one for the song "The Adventures of Rain Dance Maggie".
  • Hilary Duff Why Not?
  • Icehouse's "Electric Blue" was filmed on the rooftop of 23-33 Mary Street in the inner-city Sydney locality of Surry Hills.
  • Parts of Limp Bizkit's video for "Rollin'" (shot in 2000) were filmed atop Manhattan's old Twin Towers.

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

Web Original
  • The New York City-based performance art group Improv Everywhere once had a cover band pretend to be U2 and play some of the band's songs on top of a Manhattan rooftop... until the NYPD shut them down.

Western Animation
  • The Simpsons 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 "It's Been Done." Meanwhile, Chief Wiggum, the band's Pete Best, arranges for them to be tear gassed.
  • Sabrina: The Animated Series ends the episode "Witchy Grrls" with Sabrina's band giving one last performance from the roof of her house.

Real Life
  • Several Beatles cover bands are reported as having played on rooftops on January 30, 2009—the fortieth anniversary of The Beatles' own rooftop concert. In Seattle, local cover band Creme Tangerine has made it an annual tradition.
  • The Protomen once held a rooftop concert, much to the dismay of the band's drummer Demon Barber, who was terrified of heights.
  • Jefferson Airplane held a brief 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 "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