My Favorite Concerts of 2010 (Part 2: 10-1)

10.  Taking Back Sunday @ Starland Ballroom

June 22, 2010

What else can I say besides this was the first show where the original lineup of Taking Back Sunday took the stage. That’s right, John Nolan is back! Us folk in New Jersey were lucky enough to be where Taking Back Sunday decided to perform, and boy was it a show! They played a number of their hits including a Straylight Run cover.

9.  Passion Pit w/ Tokyo Police Club @ Governors Island

June 30, 2010

Want to know the best dance party I attended in 2010 was? It was at Governors Island in New York. Yes, we had to take a ferry to get to the venue, but honestly I’m surprised we didn’t sink the island with how much dancing was going on. Passion Pit put on one hell of a show to a sold out crowd in the outdoors of summer. There was just a sea of people singing and dancing to every song. If you ever get the opportunity to see these guys, check them out. Trust me.

8.  Thursday w/ Four Year Strong @ Starland Ballroom

December 30, 2010

This was the annual end-of-the-year concert that Thursday hosts, but this year it was special. Thursday planned to play Full Collapse in its entirety! Of course the concert sold out (it was over-packed in my opinion) and they had Four Year Strong as one of their openers. While FYS put on a great show, it was Thursday’s night as they rocked through Full Collapse. The crowd was energetic and so was the band. This was my favorite show at Starland Ballroom of 2010.

7.  My Chemical Romance w/ The Gaslight Anthem  @ Roseland Ballroom

December 3, 2010

I’ll be honest, I was never a My Chemical Romance fan throughout my years in high school and college when they hit the scene. But when their new album dropped, and when I heard they were playing a show with The Gaslight Anthem, I finally gave them a listen. I was glad I did because they’re a whole lot of fun. While The Gaslight Anthem played a good set, this just wasn’t their crowd. MCR didn’t play a show in the States for quite a while, so the reaction they received was ridiculous. Just YouTube some of the videos and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Anyway, MCR put on a hell of a show playing all of their hits. Their nationwide tour has been selling out almost instantly. I wouldn’t mind seeing those guys again soon.

6.  The Arcade Fire w/ Spoon @ Madison Square Garden

August 4, 2010

My favorite Canadian rockers released one of the best albums of 2010 The Suburbs and then played two arena shows at Madison Square Garden. I was lucky enough to attend one of them. Even though arena shows don’t have the same feeling because your bound to a seated area, The Arcade Fire are simply too big for any other kind (besides festivals). So I’ll take what I can get. Of course, they didn’t disappoint. The video is from a live recording (and streaming) that was directed by Terry Gilliam.

5.  Where’s the Band Tour @ Highline Ballroom

December 12, 2010

I’m not sure if too many people were aware of this intimate concert that featured the lead singers of Thrice, Saves the Day, The Get Up Kids, and Bayside. Anyway, these four front-men played acoustic sets of their projects, solo work, and covers. There just aren’t words that can describe how incredible this show was. I’ll let the videos do the talking.

4.  Sufjan Stevens @ Beacon Theater

November 15, 2010

There’s this artist named Sufjan Stevens who is easily among my favorite artists of all-time. He’s ambitious, experimental, honest, and spiritual with his music. I’ve been meaning to attend one of his concerts for years now, and I finally got the chance to see him this past year. His show is unlike any other that I’ve seen before. There was a projector, a clear screen in front of the band, dancers, on-stage costume changes, confetti and beach balls in the crowd, and a large band playing a wide range of instruments. I hope it’s not too long until I experience another Sufjan Stevens show. He is quite original.

3.  The Gaslight Anthem @ Radio City Music Hall

September 30, 2010

The Gaslight Anthem were my favorite band of 2010. Sure, I kicked myself for not listening to them from the start, but better late than never, right? Well I listened to all of their material this past year and simply fell in love with their music. They are without a doubt my favorite band from New Jersey. When they played to a sold out crowd at Radio City Music Hall, it became one of my favorite shows of the year. These guys cannot do me wrong. Attending the show with my good buddies just made the night more memorable. Whenever The Gaslight Anthem plays a show, I will be there.

2.  Brand New @ Rutgersfest

April 30, 2010

Who doesn’t like Brand New? We’re talking about a band that started out as a pop-punk band and then transcended their sound during the next two albums to become one of the most beloved bands to date. They started out by playing basement shows, upgraded to clubs, and now are selling out arenas. So when the news that Brand New would be playing Rutgersfest, I jumped at the opportunity to see them rock out at an outdoor stage in the middle of the afternoon. To make things even better… the show was free. God bless you Rutgers! They played an amazing set and it felt good to rock out to Brand New’s music this past year, since they go on plenty of breaks. These guys will always be one of my favorites from high school.

1.  Weezer – Memories Tour @ Roseland Ballroom

December 17 – 18, 2010

When I started to make this list it was obvious, in my head, what concert was going to have the top spot. This was arguably the best show(s) that I have ever been to. This was truly the year of bands playing albums in its entirety, but nothing comes close to seeing Weezer play their best two albums in its entirety on back-to-back nights! Sure, I dished out about $150 for both tickets, but it was well worth the money. Weezer opened up the shows with a bunch of hits that spanned throughout their career, in reverse chronological order. And then they played the albums straight through with no talking whatsoever in-between songs. Weezer are rock stars and they know it. Hearing songs like “Pink Triangle,” “Jamie,” “The World Has Turned and Left Me Here,” “Across the Sea,” “Butterfly,” and “Only in Dreams” were definite highlights, but those two nights combined was a memory I will never forget. Thank you Weezer for two of the greatest times of my life. The only drawback to this is that I simply never want to see Weezer again, because there is no way they could ever top these performances. This was my farewell to an awesome band.

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