5 pop concert movies to watch when you’re missing live music

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No need to stress about concert and festival cancellations. These concert movies will make your apartment feel like the hottest venue in town.

A lot of people are anxiety-ridden and stressed about the state of the world right now. I get it, so am I. But you know what? Today, we’re not going to focus on that! Since we all have so much time on our hands while we’re self-isolating and practicing social distancing, why not use that time to reminisce about a time when we were allowed to leave the house and go to concerts? Oh, concerts, remember those?

Even if you may be disappointed about all the recent cancellations, don’t worry, you can bring them to you! Thankfully, we live in a time where performances are filmed for TV specials, theatrical releases and behind-the-scenes documentaries and they’re often available to stream on the internet. Isn’t that magical? Now, while we wait for some normalcy again and pray that we can have a semi-regular summer filled with concerts, you can pass the time with some concert movies that you can watch from the comfort of your own home. If I have to quarantine, I’m at least going to make it fun!

1. Katy Perry: Part of Me (Netflix)

Teenage Dream is a perfect pop album and easily Katy Perry’s best era, period. I’m willing to die on that hill. Everything — from the singles to the consistent aesthetic to the tour — was perfect and cohesive. Part of Me gave people who weren’t lucky enough to see the tour a chance to enjoy it as much as the rest of us did (still one of my personal favorite concerts ever). But it also got very real and showed Katy’s crumbling marriage to comedian Russell Brand. The heartbreaking scene of her crying moments before going on stage and then wiping off her tears and plastering on a smile as she was lifted out in front of thousands of screaming fans is forever burned into my brain.

While you can’t watch it in its original theatrical 3D format (wouldn’t that be so much cooler?), you can still remember a time when life was good and “California Gurls” was blasting out of everyone’s speakers.

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