I love music, and I love it even more when I see it live. I went to a lot of concerts in 2010. Thankfully, I post pictures on Facebook to keep track of all the shows I’ve been to. Without it, this list would’ve been just a little bit harder to compile.
#5: The Vaselines @ First Unitarian Church, Philadelphia, PA (10/3). The Vaselines were one of Kurt Cobain’s favorite bands. Nirvana has even covered a few of their songs, like “Molly’s Lips”, which is my fave. I couldn’t pass up the chance to see them live. Plus, I love seeing shows in that church’s basement.
#4: The Bouncing Souls/Bad Religion @ The Electric Factory, Philadelphia, PA (10/19). I’ve seen both of these bands a few times, especially on the Warped Tour, and they have yet to disappoint. They played all the favorites, and the crowd rocked right along with them. I even saw a guy in a wheelchair crowd surfing. That’s punk rock!!
#3: Conan O’Brien @ The Tower Theatre, Upper Darby, PA (6/7). How could I pass up seeing Conan O’Brien live?? Especially at that point, when he hasn’t been on tv in over four months. The show was a mix of comedy and music. Conan performed songs, and had special guests like Phish’s Trey Anastasio. They did a lot of the classic comedy bits from his shows as well. Upper Darby’s own Tina Fey even showed up as a surprise guest. It was a great show all around. I think Conan should bring his TBS show to Philly!
#2: The Mighty Mighty Bosstones @ The Trocadero, Philadelphia, PA (8/23). Even though ska hasn’t been popular in well over 10 years, it is still some really fun music! One of the coolest things about seeing the Bosstones live is their dancer Ben Carr. All he does is rock out on stage for the entire show. His endurance is incredible to watch! But like I said, the Bosstones play some really fun tunes. The kind of songs that you and the total stranger next to you can sing along to, and share a brief moment together… so to speak.
#1: Weezer @ Orpheum Theatre, Boston, MA (12/15). Favorite show of the year? How about favorite show EVER! I paid a boatload of money, had to rearrange my work schedule, and drove six hours to Boston to attend this show, and it was all worth it!! When Weezer announced the Memories Tour, I was hoping it would come to Philly, but it didn’t. So when I saw that the Boston show was close to my birthday, I figured I should go all out for it. I bought the VIP package. That gave me a ton of free stuff, allowed me to meet the band, and got my picture with them. That right there was worth what I paid, and the show didn’t even start yet.
As I said a couple days ago, “Pinkerton” is my favorite album of all time. And on this night, they played it in its entirety. But before that, they started the show with a greatest hits set that included personal favorites like “Perfect Situation” and “The Greatest Man The Ever Lived”. They even threw in some B-sides like “Susanne” and “You Gave Your Love To Me Softly”. For this set, Rivers Cuomo was a flat out rock star! The guy ran all over the stage, and into the crowd several times. He was a madman! Then when it came time to play “Pinkerton”, Rivers took a more old school approach. He ditched the glasses, strapped on the guitar, and stood center stage the whole time. Hearing them play rare songs like “No Other One” and “Across The Sea” was beautiful. I also loved that I could hear everyone around me singing along. Hearing over 2000 people sing along to an album about being alone was pretty incredible. It was definitely a night I’ll never forget.
Honorable Mentions: Weezer (5/1), The Breeders (9/3), Girl in a Coma/Sia (5/2)
It’s kinda fitting that I end my series of Top 5 lists by talking about one of my favorite moments of the year. Thanks for reading!