The Best Concerts of 2010

January 25, 2011
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2010 was an amazing year for live music. Music Vice was proud to cover so many great concerts and festivals around the globe, and here is our pick of the action with a round-up of the best concerts of 2010.


Perth’s concert of the year: Them Crooked Vultures at Challenge Stadium

Them Crooked Vultures at Challenge Stadium, Perth, Western Australia, 19 January, 2010 - photo by Steve Pass, Music Vice

“In their first ever show this side of the equator, rock’s latest super-group hit Challenge Stadium so hard it’s a beating the venue won’t soon forget…It was clear from the outset that vocalist/guitarist Josh Homme was going to be overshadowed by his bandmates for the night’s set, partly because Them Crooked Vultures is less of a departure from his signature style, but mainly due to his good tastes in rhythm sections. This was again evident in “Elephants” where Grohl’s drumming stole the show completely.” – Steve Pass, Music Vice Full review and photos


Melbourne’s concert of the year: The Dillinger Escape Plan at Billboard

The Dillinger Escape Plan at Billboard The Venue, Melbourne, 19 May 2010 - Michael Bowser, Music Vice

“The audience, as is typical for a Dillinger show, are impatient and almost baying for BLOOD by the time The Dillinger Escape Plan finally take the stage…and then, the REAL bloodbath begins!  Only musically-speaking of course, though we privileged few in the photographer’s pit are hastily herded out by the bouncers when they realise that Dillinger take no prisoners, and obey no boundaries set by paltry audience-barriers.  I’m gonna be controversial and just come right out and say it:  The Dillinger Escape Plan are possibly The Best Live Band In The World.  The word “brutal” gets bandied around so much these days in the world of “metal”, but seriously…there’s no better word for the assault to one’s battered senses the second these guys take to the stage.  At least until the occasional “quiet” bit crops up, or guitarist Ben moves to the stage-right keyboard to temporarily fulfil piano duties…but these are little more than (highly atmospheric; fuck it, MESMERIZING) calms before the next inevitable storm.” – Michael Bowser, Music Vice Full review and pictures


Toronto’s concert of the year: Iggy and the Stooges at Dundas Square

Iggy and the Stooges at Dundas Square, Toronto, NXNE, 19 June 2010 - photo by Brian Banks, Music Vice, all rights reserved

“My own story is that I was denied access to the photo pit for this show – that was frustrating but I was determined to get some shots of one of rock music’s true icons, and one of my ultimate favourite bands ever. Concerts and moments like this are the reason why I moved here from my wee rural village area of Scotland. I’m not here for a vacation: I’m here to try and make a career around this rock n’ roll thing that I’m addicted too, so you bet I was on a mission. As a photographer, I had to document this, and other factors like potential damage to my camera (already held together in places with electrical tape) did not cross my mind…” – Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice Full review and pictures


Also a very honourable to Gorillaz at Air Canada Centre, Toronto’s other best gig of 2010…

Gorillaz at the Air Canada Centre, Toronto - photo by Brian Banks, Music Vice, All Rights Reserved

“W-O-M-A-C-K. You’ve seriously never heard of Bobby Womack?!” That was my stunned response as, after exiting the photographer’s stage-side pit area for the allocated 3 songs, a press photographer was asking who ‘that Bobby guy’ was. I told her his name and recommended a visit to Wikipedia. Renting Tarantino’s Jackie Brown would have been a better spitfire suggestion but my head was still spinning having two minutes earlier seen the Gorillaz from so close that I could see the dirt-free soles of Damon Albarn’s sneaks as he leapt overhead from one stage-side platform to another…” – Brian Banks, Editor, Music Vice Full review and pictures


Montreal’s concert of the year: Melissa Auf der Maur at Cabaret Juste Pour Rire

MAdM (Melissa Auf der Maur) at Cabert Juste Pour Riche, Montreal, 6 November 2010 - photo by Liz Keith, Music Vice, All Rights Reserved

“Whether flailing her auburn mane like a cat-o’-nine-tails, or letting out an hypnotic beansidhe wail in the lead-in to “Followed the Waves,” – a declaration of longing laid bare in its intentions and innuendo – Auf der Maur is a vibrant presence onstage, charming the crowd in both official languages between songs.  In introducing “Father’s Grave,” she drops the psych of the night, teasing us with the spectre of a live duet with Glenn Danzig, prompting a collective gasp from the audience – those standing closer to me did, at least, and I know my ears pricked up – but the song was performed solo by her instead.  While disappointed at what didn’t materialize, the song stands on its own.  But.  Still.  Don’t do that.  Seriously.  Not fair.” – Liz Keith, Music Vice Full review and pictures

London’s concert of the year: The Courteeners at Brixton Academy

The Courtneeners at Brixton Academy, London, 18 March 2010 - photo by Lauren Towner, Music Vice

“This is a band who are heading for great things, and have already proved that they can sell out a 10,000 capacity arena. For me a sign of a great gig is when fans leave the venue singing, and following the traditions of Kasabian’s “LSF” and Babyshambles’ “I Wish”, the streets of Brixton were filled with “What Took You So Long?” all the way to the Tube station.” – Lauren Towner, Music Vice Full review and photos

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