Reverend Justito Presents His Top 5 Concerts of 2010
I have been attending concerts non-stop since 1996. 2010 has been a wonderful year of music. Not that I have the time to keep track of such a statistic, but I do believe that I have seen more shows in 2010 than any other year of my life. It was not easy to narrow down my top five shows from this year, and chances are this list would be different if you asked me to pick in three months. So enough of my mindless introduction; It’s time for my top five shows of 2010.
Truth be told, I made the thirty minute trip to Redondo Beach on a cold Friday night because of Jay Porks. I had forgotten all about Local H, but reading his review got me fired up about a band that I managed to catch at both Kamp Kome gigs back in the 1990’s. The night was what shows are supposed to be all about – letting go of the bullshit and having a great time. From the band allowing a fan to pick a record out of the hat to discovering my favorite new music venue in Southern California the night was just perfect. Most important it has restored my love for Local H who I hope return to the road in 2011.
If you count Fistful of Mercy, I saw Joseph Arthur five times in 2010. I am not exactly sure when Fistful of Mercy formed, but looking back at this show, I was fortunate enough to see the project in it’s early stages. From Arthur opening the night with a haunting version of Restore Me to guest appearances from members of his Lonely Astronauts band and Ben Harper it was a truly inspiring night.
I was fucking angry walking into this show. Bad traffic, poor venue planning and my Giants had just blown an important home game against the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS (as you may be aware, things worked out ok for my beloved Giants in 2010). To be honest, I was not even sure why I had agreed to go to the show as the band was over-rated in my eyes. Then the band hit the stage and changed my life. I understand how douchy of a statement that is, but it’s true. The Arcade Fire are that powerful, they suck you in and steal your soul. You can’t stop it no matter how hard you try. It’s very rare that a band can emote a certain feeling inside of me. It’s a feeling that I can’t describe; the nirvana, bliss, floating on a cloud emotion. On October 8th, 2010 the Arcade Fire took an angry Angelino and got him to that place.
When I was a freshman in High School, I found $5 on the ground out front of my school. I ran down to The Record Man and picked up a banged up copy of Angel Dust by Faith No More. It is amazing that the disc will still play today, yet it does. If I had to pick three albums to bring onto a deserted island, this would be one of them. Sadly I was not old enough to drive into San Francisco and see Faith No More on their last hurrah. I made sure I was online with ten minutes to spare to get tickets to this show. I was not going to miss my chance. As luck turned out, I got to see both Faith No More shows here in Hollywood, and it was truly a dream come true. Not a bad moment over two nights, I got to see Faith No More kick all kinds of ass on stage. Between this and the earlier mentioned Giants World Series trophy, let’s just say I can die a lil happier.
Who are we kidding, all three nights at the Greek come in 1/2/3 on this list. I will spoil every top shows list from here till the day I die right now. If I see Phish, there is a 99.8% chance they will be the top live band I see in any given year. Nothing can top Phish. Yet to give some other bands a fair shot, we have picked this as the best Phish show that I witnessed in 2010. This show just dominated and is no doubt in my top three shows of all time. Cities>The Moma Dance>Bathtub Gin>Stealing Time from the Faulty Line just can’t be beat. Unless of course you look to the second set that kicked off with a high energy cover of the Velvet Underground’s Rock and Roll, featured a beefy “Mike’s Groove” and crested with the trampoline stunt during the set closing You Enjoy Myself. I think just about everyone knows I expect some serious West Coast Phish love in 2011, here is hoping the boys don’t break my heart.