Judas Priest, Queen, Cheap Trick and Neil Young: Four Killer Live Albums Turn 40

From left, Judas Priest's KK Downing, Rob Halford and Glenn Tipton perform in 1979 (Image credit: Fin Costello/Redferns/Getty Images)

As some of you GW print readers might be aware, we’ve been celebrating the 40th anniversary of a host of noteworthy guitar albums from 1979 — an interesting and transitional (not to mention habitually overlooked) year in rock. Today we celebrate four truly classic live albums from that year (and we’ve thrown in a few honorable mentions for good measure). For more 1979 stories, be sure to check out the August, September and October 2019 issues of Guitar World!

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Mark McStea

Mark is a freelance writer with particular expertise in the fields of ‘70s glam, punk, rockabilly and classic ‘50s rock and roll. He sings and plays guitar in his own musical project, Star Studded Sham, which has been described as sounding like the hits of T. Rex and Slade as played by Johnny Thunders. He had several indie hits with his band, Private Sector and has worked with a host of UK punk luminaries. Mark also presents themed radio shows for Generating Steam Heat. He has just completed his first novel, The Bulletproof Truth, and is currently working on the sequel.