Wow, where do I start….
As evidenced by the previous posts I had a pretty amazing year of concert-going. A near lifelong quest completed, an epic show I’d missed 30 years ago revisited. A music oriented couple weeks in London. Countless HOF members of the Rock Hall of Fame….heck a ton of them in just a single week. Shows with good friends old and new. Hard to even wrap my head around the whole thing.
Here’s the list:
Keb’ Mo’ – Coach House – Jan 14
The Blasters, John Doe, Rumble King – Coach House – Feb 20
Peter Gabriel – Hollywood Bowl – May 7
Styx, Kansas, Foreigner – Citizens Bank Arena – May 19
Richard Thompson – Royal Festival Hall – June 19
Green Day, Joan Jett – Wembley Stadium – June 19
Elvis Costello – Royal Festival Hall – June 20
Glastonbury – June 23-27
Jackson Browne – Albert Hall – June 29
Jack Johnson – O2 Arena – June 30
Laura Marling, Fanfarlo, Peggy Sue, Smoke Fairies – Hyde Park – July 1
Hop Farm – July 2-3
Jools Holland – Kew Gardens – July 6
Barenaked Ladies, Kris Allen, Angel Taylor – Greek Theatre – July 22
Blondie, Gorevette – Pacific Amphitheatre – August 8
Rush – Irvine Meadows – August 13
Al Yankovic – Pacific Amphitheatre – August 14
Scissor Sisters – DAR Consitiution Hall – August 23
Neil Finn – Largo – September 11
Muse, Passion Pit – Staples Center – September 25
Gorillaz, N.E.R.D. – Gibson – October 27
Bonobo – Music Box – November 26
Roger Waters – Staples Center – November 29
Roger Waters – Honda Center – December 13
Roger Waters – Honda Center – December 14
Twenty three shows and two festivals in all. I don’t think I could even pick a “best”. However a few things to note do occur to me.
Worst sound, Scissor Sisters. Horrible mix that completely left the vocals out, and it’s not like I had a crappy seat, I was in the 5th row. Really guys? Totally detracted from an interesting performance.
Only show I left early, Jack Johnson. It was okay, but very one-note. I like his studio stuff, but in a huge arena it was lost. Put the same show in an intimate venue and I might have loved it. Add to the experience that I was a bit sick that night and it was just not a compelling show.
Most disappointing, Muse/Passion Pit. Passion Pit left me cold and Muse after all the hype just didn’t live up to expectations. Lot’s of copped riffs and wasted technology that didn’t go anywhere. If you want to use technology look to Gabriel, Waters or even the Pet Shop Boys. This was “sound and fury that signified nothing”…
Most intimate, Neil Finn. The Largo is magic when Neil plays there and the September show was no exception. An obscure setlist that actually added to the special feeling of the evening. You knew even while watching this was the sort of thing that would never be duplicated. Jackson Browne in the acoustic tent at Glastonbury was a close second. While the masses grooved to Stevie Wonder….Jackson held court for a few hundred lucky folks and spun magic with his sidekick David Lindley. Moving and unique almost sell short just how very special a way it was to end my Glastonbury experience.
Surprises…How awesome Gorillaz were in LA after disappointing in Glastonbury.
Bonobo, Midlake, Hot Chip, Fanfarlo, Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons, Two Door Cinema Club, Magic Numbers, The Bees….none of whom I knew before 2010 and who all get extensive spins regularly on my ipod now.
How great Rush could be at doing “Moving Pictures” after being somewhat average the other time I’d seen them previously….this show made up for that one in spades.
Disappointment….U2 having to cancel in Anaheim and Glastonbury…(of course it does give me a couple shows to look forward to in 2011 already…)
Well, that’s it…another year in the books, and an amazing one at that. Curious to see what 2011 (and beyond) will bring? But, it’ll be hard for any year to reach the heights of 2010 for me.