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The Best Concert Of 2011?

02:01 PM Friday 12/30/11 | |

It’s time for you to tell the world about the best concert you saw in 2011.

Concert fans definitely had plenty of talent to choose from. Top box office draws of the year included U2, Taylor Swift, Lady Gaga, Kenny Chesney, Roger Waters, Britney Spears and Paul McCartney.

  • Roger Waters

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, Ga.
    November 18, 2010

    (Chris McKay / WireImage.com)

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But pure concert satisfaction isn’t always derived from arena and/or stadium events. In fact, we’re betting some of the best shows of the year were those that took place in small nightclubs in front of, say, 20 people on a Monday night. Concert excellence isn’t necessarily about the price of the ticket, special effects or the view from front row-center. It’s also about the act’s passion for performing, the vibe between artist and audience and that feeling of having experienced something truly special as you leave the venue after the show.

  • Rihanna

    1st Mariner Arena, Baltimore, Md.
    June 4, 2011

    (James Hendershot)

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  • Kenny Chesney

    Raymond James Stadium, Tampa, Fla.
    March 19, 2011

    (AP Photo)

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What was the best of the best during 2011? That’s for you to decide.  Just drop your reply in the comment thread below.


Comments

  1. Beaverto wrote:

    08:16 AM, Jan 22, 2012

    1. String Cheese Incident 3rd night of Winter Carnival. 2.  Roger Waters. 3. Guns n Roses.

  2. grando6 wrote:

    07:08 PM, Jan 15, 2012

    The Left Banke at the Bearsville Theater in Woodstock , New York.

  3. Andrea_DNA wrote:

    07:16 AM, Jan 15, 2012

    Paul McCartney blew me away when he performed in Detroit at Comerica Park.

  4. meramsey wrote:

    06:23 AM, Jan 15, 2012

    Best Single Act:  My Morning Jacket at the Pageant in St. Louis, MO

    Best Night:  STS9 / MMJ / Bassnectar / Ghostland Observatory

    Mainstage at Wakarusa in Ozark, AL (Skrillex in side tent until 4:30am also)

  5. cosmicutensil wrote:

    11:06 AM, Jan 13, 2012

    St. Vincent Jefferson Theater Charlottesville, VA

  6. bootSea wrote:

    03:49 PM, Jan 12, 2012

    Best Shows I saw this year were

    1.) Bon Iver and Fleet Foxes , Phoenix AZ  

    2.) Brett Dennen and Dawes , Tempe AZ

  7. ICchris wrote:

    03:55 AM, Jan 11, 2012

    "Super Ball IX," Phish's 3-day festival in Watkins Glen, N.Y. The band performed 13 hours of music in a single weekend, including a surprise late-night experimental jam. And how many bands bring their own Ferris wheel? ;)

  8. Mark in Iowa wrote:

    02:19 PM, Jan 10, 2012

    also Hayes Carll at Vaudeville Mews in Des Moines

  9. Mark in Iowa wrote:

    02:16 PM, Jan 10, 2012

    Lucinda Williams on a very snowy night at the Dakota in Minneapolis and Fitz and the  Tantrums at Hardly Strickly.  

  10. jdut wrote:

    07:56 AM, Jan 10, 2012

    Wilco with Nick Lowe at the newly renovated Peabody Opera Hose in St. Louis. Followed Uncle Tupelo in the day but was never a Jeff/Wilco fan. I am now. Great show than never let up.

  11. Hawk13 wrote:

    03:13 PM, Jan 09, 2012

    The Carolina Rebellion Concert in Charlotte, NC: Godsmack, T.O.A.D, Stone Sour, Seether, Skillet, Hinder, Saving Abel & More.

    For Just one band Hurts Acoustic Show....right up there with A.I.C.'s & Nirvanna's umplugged....Back when MTV played Music

  12. lungman wrote:

    03:01 PM, Jan 09, 2012

    some shows are just getting so expensive, i didn't go to near as many as in the past.

    i missed the black keys, they sold out that small venue in no time. stone temple pilots cancelled.

    would have loved to have seen LA rising. sold my slayer/rob zombie tix so i could go see soundgarden, QOTSA, mastodon & meat puppets at the gorge. all those shows were that same weekend.

    other shows included U2, arctic monkeys, but the best show, hands down, bar none, was pearl jam. the gorge was a great show, including my favs queens, but pearl jam was the single best performance by any of them.