top 10 would require more thought than i'm capable of at the moment, but here are my shows of the year dating back a few:2001 -- the strokes2002 -- wilco2003 -- white stripes2004 -- the shins of course, all of these will be dwarfed by the brilliance of coachella, which i'll be attending next month!
I didn't really want to start negative (and I will post my Top 10 list) but I also wanted to add my list of Most Disappointing shows ever:Most Disappointing in no particular order:-Sisters of Mercy, Riviera Theatre, Chicago, IL April 5, 1991I had been looking forward to finally seeing this other seminal Goth band -- not to mention what state of preservation Andrew Eldritch was in (hes on the Keith Richards plan) -- for years. However, like some Spinal Tap-ian moment someone seemed to put the fog machine on 11. While the sound was great, nobody could see a thing. If I wanted to just listen, I could have stayed home. It didnt help either that I had a horrible cold and spent most of the show wandering around with a box of Kleenex (how un-Goth like!). At least my friend Ayhan got his ass groped in the midst of the pit that made his evening.-Echo & The Bunnymen, Berkeley Community Theater, Berkeley, CASeptember 7, 1984With Billy Bragg opening, this seemed like a great show. Unfortunately, Ian McCulloch was so trashed he could barely stand up for most of the night. Kind of ruins the performance.-New Order Santa Monica Civic Auditorium, Santa Monica, CA September 1985They sound fabulous on CD, but are truly the most boring band live - EVER. Absolutely no stage presence whatsoever. Still love their albums though.-Depeche Mode, Universal Amphitheatre, Los Angeles, CA (Fans Only show) August 1990Dave Gahan must have been descending into his heroin-chic era or maybe he was already in the depths of addiction - because his normally charming front man persona was not to be found this evening. Perhaps the fact this was a Fans Only show (who really didnt need to be won over) meant less effort, but all 4 members looked completely bored and uninspired. Its sad when the opening band (Nitzer Ebb) is more exciting than the ma
I totally agree with mcshan2's thoughts on seeing New Order. I saw them on tour with The Sugarcubes & P.I.L. c. 1989. I remember being shocked by how boring they were. It was just a bunch of people standing behind computers & keyboards pressing buttons. They weren't even bobbing their heads or anything.
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