Because I haven't prepared a "Best of" album list for this year, I shall instead take everyone on a trip through New England and do a brief recap of every show I went to this year.
I was fortunate enough to attend 26 concerts this year. Probably would've hit the 30 mark if I didn't get laid off at the end of August. There were only a few low points this year, but overall, this was easily the best concertgoing year I've had.
Here we go!
Sunday, January 29th
Gigantour: Megadeth, Motorhead, Volbeat & Lacuna Coil
A damn good kickoff to the year. I doubt I'd see LC on their own, but Cristina has an excellent voice. Volbeat was the highlight of the show for me, as I wasn't aware that Hank Shermann of Mercyful Fate was playing guitar with them. Motorhead, what more needs to be said? 3rd time seeing them and they were as awesome & loud as ever. First time seeing Megadeth and they were also excellent.
Lacuna Coil: 7/10
Volbeat: 9.5/10 (I know it's their popular song, but this was the only night of the tour where they didn't play Warrior's Call & I was looking forward to hearing that)
Friday, March 9th
Dystopia World Tour
Iced Earth, Symphony X & Warbringer
The Palladium (downstairs)
A solid beginning to an excellent weekend. I went to this show only being familiar with Iced Earth & only having heard of Symphony X & Warbringer. Warbringer was excellent, definitely one of the better modern thrash bands. Symphony was cool, music wise, but this ended up being a low point for me. They insisted on using strobe lights nonfuckingstop throughout their set and it legitimately made me sick to my stomach and gave me a splitting headache. Had to go outside immediately after their set to get some air and regain my composure. IE made up for everything though, they were fantastic.
Symphony X: 8/10
Iced Earth: 9.5/10
Sunday, March 11th
A Different Kind of Truth Tour
Van Halen, with special guests Kool & The Gang
I remember them announcing the tour the day after Christmas in 2011. It was the best gift I've gotten in years. This was the only time I've ever used StubHub to get my ticket, because I wanted the best possible seat regardless of cost. I ended up with 16th row on the floor in front of Eddie for 265 bucks. Yes, I'm insane, but only for a certain few bands. K&TG started off slow but they ended up winning over the crowd by the end of their set. They were a good opener (unlike one of Bob Marley's offspring on the 2007 tour). VH blasted through 24 songs in just under 2 hours and I had the fucking time of my life. Oh, and Boston was the first place they played Hang 'Em High for the first time since 1982. That made the night even more kickass.
Kool & The Gang: 8.5/10
Van Halen: 9.75/10 (The only thing that kept it from being perfect was that Dave didn't sound nearly as good as he did in 2007. Eddie, Al & Wolfie more than made up for it though.)
Many more to come later on tonight & tomorrow. I'm heading out now to have fun driving in this snowstorm.