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Old 12-04-2009, 10:32 PM   #1
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Rank the concerts you went to this year

Since 2009's wrapping up and I think many of us have attended a lot of shows this year, I was just curious to see what the best acts everyone saw was. Here's my list.

1. U2 360 at Giants Stadium Night 2
2. Paul McCartney at Citifield
3. Nine Inch Nails at Terminal 5
4. All Points West Festival (highlights are St. Vincent, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, and Coldplay)
5. The Killers at MSG
6. Ra Ra Riot at Webster Hall
7. Nine Inch Nails/Jane's Addiction at Jones Beach Theater
8. Depeche Mode at MSG
9. Evanescence at Manhattan Center
10. Emilie Autumn at Highline Ballroom
11. Keane at Radio City
12. Paramore at Hammerstein Ballroom

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Old 12-04-2009, 11:15 PM   #2
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1. U2 (9/12 Chicago)
2. We Came As Romans, Oh, Sleeper, The Chariot
3. Wilco
4. Coldplay
5. So Many Dynamos, Maps & Atlases
6. Los Campesinos!

i think that's all I saw this year.

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Old 12-04-2009, 11:20 PM   #3
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That's a toughie.

1) The Killers at Lollapalooza (There are some more factors than just the show to that one)
2) U2 at Cowboy's Stadium
3) The Mountain Goats
4) The Horrors

5) OneRepublic (just didn't want you to think this show was anywhere near being in the same league as the others).

Also, I just mentioned one band from Lolla, but overall that was a fantastic gig.
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Old 12-04-2009, 11:22 PM   #4
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1. Flaming Lips
2. Tori Amos
3. Nick Cave & Bad Seeds
4. V Festival (highlights: Elbow , The Do, The Kills)
5. Sarah Blasko
6. Coldplay
7. Doves
8. Fleet Foxes

Haven't been to that many concerts this year.
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:00 AM   #5
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This has been the best year for concerts and I refuse to do anything but list them in alphabetical order

Fleet Foxes
The National
Sufjan Stevens
The Twilight Sad
The Walkmen

Throw in a Louis CK show and it was the best ticket purchasing year ever
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Old 12-05-2009, 04:57 AM   #6
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Old 12-05-2009, 10:39 AM   #7
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Well, I just went to probably my last gig for 2009, so now seems as good a time as any to do a ranking!

1. 2009-03-14: Sound Relief - primarily for Paul Kelly, Liam Finn/Crowded House, Hunters & Collectors, Split Enz, and Midnight Oil
2. 2009-10-09: Sleepmakeswaves
3. 2009-11-07: Tim Finn
4. 2009-11-12: Dimmer
5. 2009-12-04: Laura and Mono
6. 2009-11-25: Opeth
7. 2009-07-24: U2
8. 2009-01-29: "A Secret In The Shape Of A Song" - The Triffids & Friends
9. 2009-07-21: U2
10. 2009-12-05: The Church
11. 2009-12-03: Boom Crash Opera
12. 2009-11-20: Pearl Jam (I should point out the primary attraction for me was Liam Finn, one of the support acts)
13. 2009-07-27: U2
14. 2009-07-25: U2
15. 2009-07-20: U2
16. 2009-07-11: U2
17. 2009-07-12: U2

Good year I'd say; not a truly bad gig. 17th place does not stick fondly in my memory but that was probably more due to crowd conditions.
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:05 PM   #8
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1. Muse - The Den, Teignmouth
2. U2 - Wembley Stadium, London
3. Muse - The O2, London
4. Green Day - Wembley Arena, London

I haven't been to many concerts this year, ah well, next year will be better!
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Old 12-05-2009, 12:48 PM   #9
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U2 - NJ2, Bos1, Bos 2 (Muse, Snow Patrol, Snow Patrol)
Coldplay / Elbow
Bloc Party

Not ranked, and not a whole lot, but some of my favorite current bands.

oh and Guster for free at my school, but meh.
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Old 12-05-2009, 01:20 PM   #10
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Not possible for me even to remember, let alone count, all the shows I went to, this year. Nor have I yet gone to all the shows I will, by the time the year is actually over. Some highlights, though, so far include...

A few Los Campesinos! gigs
A few Future of the Left gigs
The Hidden Cameras/Gentleman Reg
Crystal Castles, at Lollapalooza (no joke. the set was insane)
Yo La Tengo
The Horrors
The Pains of Being Pure at Heart/Depreciation Guild (the latter band also outperformed School of Seven Bells at its own headlining show, a few weeks later, which was quite the spectacle)
The Wrens
A Place To Bury Strangers/Dead Confederate
The Hold Steady

...and no doubt will soon include The Jesus Lizard, on New Year's Eve.

MASSIVE disappointments have included the aforementioned School of Seven Bells, A Sunny Day In Glasgow (whose record is stunning), and the audience at a Dan Deacon show. I still shudder to remember those fucking scumbags. A Halloween gig by the acid-fried Roky Erickson was also disappointing, but only in the sense that the guy is mentally unstable and therefore not exactly the performer he once was; given his state, the show was actually quite stunning. Just really sad.

Decent shows from U2 and Depeche Mode, too. Hardly anything to write home about, in the grand scheme of things.
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:02 PM   #11
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I saw more shows this year than most, but very few stand out as sublime or anything, so the rankings are pretty irrelevant after about 4-5.

10. Built to Spill.
9. Steely Dan. On the river, under the summer sky. I went on a whim and was not disappointed.
8. Spoon, New Orleans Jazz Fest. I usually hate the festival gigs, but this was a great set.
7. Mute Math.
6. Death Cab for Cutie, Ra Ra Riot, and Cold War Kids. An outstanding triple bill.
5. Wilco. Memphis and New Orleans Jazz Fest, but Memphis was much better. Big Star covers included.
4. Los Campesinos!
3. Mitch Easter. Earnestine & Hazel's, Memphis. I never stopped smiling the whole time.
2. The Gospel Tent, New Orleans Jazz Fest. No kidding. My most exuberant musical experience in a long time. It didn't matter who was onstage - kids or Mavis Staples - it was all exceptional, energetic, and joyful.
1. U2, Boston 1 & 2. I guess this is obligatory, but it's always a quasi-religious pilgrimage for me.
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:40 PM   #12
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1. Bruce Springsteen- DC 11/2
2. Bruce Springsteen- Atlanta 4/26
3. U2- Atlanta 10/6
4. B.B. King- Baltimore 3/29

Slow year for me. Many more to come in 2010!
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Old 12-05-2009, 03:51 PM   #13
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Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band 4/22
U2 9/20

That was tough
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Old 12-05-2009, 06:46 PM   #14
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1. M83
2. Dirty Projectors
3. U2
4. The Antlers/Au Revoir Simone
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Old 12-05-2009, 07:42 PM   #15
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I'm not sure any concert will ever compare to seeing the Manic Street Preachers in Hollywood this year. God, that was amazing.

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