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Rooftop Concert

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

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.


  • In Naruto: Shippuden, Killer B holds a rooftop concert while his brother, A, is having an audience with the Lightning Daimyo for approval to join the Allied Shinobi Forces. A is not amused and drop kicks Killer B off the roof.


  • 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.
  • The musical film Across the Universe (2007) framed around songs by The Beatles 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.
  • Yesterday (2019): The main character performs "Help!" on the roof of a once closed hotel to promote his album that consists of Beatles songs in a world where the Beatles never formed.

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 Jay-Z 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".
  • Telenovela's Jencarlos Canela did a performance of Katy Perry's "Unconditionally" on the rooftop of the Westin New Orleans Canal Place at the climax of The Passion Live (2016).
  • The Beatles: Get Back: Peter Jackson's Rockumentary series, a three-part Re-Cut of the footage shot for The Beatles' film Let It Be, includes the rooftop concert in its entirety.

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's "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.
  • The second half of Bif Naked's "I Love Myself Today" video.
  • Guns N' Roses in the videos for "Don't Cry". The alternate lyrics version takes place entirely on the roof of the TransAmerica building in Los Angeles, while the original version only uses parts of the band playing with other footage.
  • Kiss' video for "Hide Your Heart".
  • Horslips recorded the video for their song "King of the Fairies" on the roof of the Bank of Ireland, in Dublin.
  • Rae Sremmurd's "Black Beatles" has some scenes of one, because the title required it. Even if the rock setup is very far from the synthesized musical backing.

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.
  • 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.

Western Animation

  • Phineas and Ferb did it twice, once in "Oh, There You Are, Perry" during the song "Come Home, Perry" (with Phineas playing the same Epiphone Casino guitar Lennon played) and briefly during "Summer All Over the World" in "Save Summer" when Phineas and the gang are dressed as Doctor Who characters in London.
  • The Simpsons, in Beatles tribute episode "Homer's Barbershop Quartet". Homer's barbershop quartet, The Be Sharps, reunites 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.