It's time to choose the best live album released by a classic rock artist or group over the last 12 months, as we run out of ways to creatively introduce another category in the 2011 Ultimate Classic Rock Awards.

You can't be much of a rock star without being able to deliver the goods live, so it was pretty easy to come up with a list. In fact, we're sure there's going to be people honked off about a record that got left off.

You'll also notice some archival live sets on here with the new stuff. Why aren't those in the Best Reissue or Archival Release category, you ask? Because we wanted to include as many people as we could in one spot or the other. Neil Young's 'A Treasure,' for example, is over there because it has so many previously unreleased songs.

OK, enough explaining! There's plenty of great choices here, from ZZ Top getting lowdown in the streets of Germany in 1980, to the Rolling Stones going public about their 1973 Brussels affair, and Tom Petty stripping some of the polish off songs from his most recent album 'Mojo' with the wonderfully titled 'Kiss My Amps Live.'

There's also the Jimi Hendrix Experience's mind-blowing 'Winterland,' Slash's brand-new live career-spanning collection and Rush taking their fans on a trip through time to choose from.

It's not gonna be easy, but we know you'll pick the right album. You have until 11:59 PM EST Jan. 1, 2012 to vote, and we'll announce the winners on Jan. 3.

 

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