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There are many acts to see these days: some good, some bad and some are just okay. Some people just want a good show to go to but don’t know which one. Well, everybody’s in luck, then, because we have compiled a list of the top ten bands you must see in concert!
1. The Roots
The hip-hop/R&B band arrived on the scene in 1987 and formed in Philadelphia, PA. The band has gone on to sell millions of albums and have also scored a full-time gig on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. The Roots always put on a fantastic performance, one worth seeing. They show a real dedication to its music and creates a fun, energetic atmosphere in every location it visits. If you want to see something unique and fun, The Roots are a must see act.
As we stated in our review of Shinedown’s performance in Reading, PA, the band has a real knack of owning the stage. The band members have also shown that they are also pretty good actors, sticking to the same script for each performance. Shinedown has come a long way since it debuted its first album in 2003 and continued to sell millions of albums while delivering quality performances.
3. Three Days Grace
This one goes hand-in-hand with Shinedown in that it also had an explosive show. The pyrotechnics were amazing and the band, at least for this tour, has its own drum and piano interlude (which alone is worth seeing). This is also a good time to see Three Days Grace while Matt Walst is still acting as vocalist since it’s unknown what the future of the band will be like after this tour.
4. Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden is one of the largest and most famous metal bands of all time. The band has also undergone many member replacements throughout its more than thirty year run on the scene, but it’s still alive and doing well. Iron Maiden puts on a performance like no other with amazing vocal performances among fantastic performances from the rest of the members. We have to take into account these members are in their fifties so see them while you still can!
5. Tenacious D
This is comedian/actor Jack Black’s band, and they probably put on one of the more intriguing acts. Most of their music is comical and, at times, filthy. For example, before performing its song “F*** Her Gently,” Jack Black approached the audience and said, “This one is for the ladies, but we’re saying it to the guys.” There was also a change up to a couple songs that were featured on the Pick of Destiny album, since that album is the soundtrack to their movie, Tenacious D: The Pick of Destiny. If you’re looking for a strangely hilarious show, go see the D.
Paramore has grown to be one of the largest bands in the pop-rock genre and shows no signs of slowing down. Why should you see them? Well, Haley Williams literally possesses the mood, and atmosphere of the entire arena, and the band as a whole puts on an energetic performance. Also, Paramore is releasing its fourth album April 4th, so a tour will follow soon after. Now is definitely a good time to go see them.
7. The Pretty Reckless
This is a smaller band that doesn’t have as much of a following as these other large bands, but its music is genuine and Taylor Momsen, vocalist and band leader, makes the music come to life. These performances are bit more sexualized and are definitely not for children, but the act is entertaining and well performed, bringing on one of the best rock performances a small band could achieve. It’ll be interesting to see where things go for this group so go see them before ticket prices increase.
8. The Letter Black
The Letter Black is a Christian rock band, but don’t let that sway your decision. Like many Christian rock bands these days, the religious meaning is implied without being directly thrown at you. Like The Pretty Reckless, The Letter Black is also a smaller band, albeit having an extra album over The Pretty Reckless. They usually tour with larger Christian rock bands like Skillet and RED but are currently touring with rock band Thousand Foot Krutch. This band has great music and for the price of admission, they’re worth seeing.
9. Stone Sour
Stone Sour formed in Des Moines, Ia. more than twenty years ago, along with Slipknot, and actually has only truly been on the scene since 2002. Headed by frontman Corey Taylor and guitarist Jim Root, who are both in Slipknot, as well, Stone Sour puts on solid a rock performance from playing hits like “Through Glass” and “Say You’ll Haunt Me.” It’s hard to imagine this band slowing down anytime soon and it’s releasing its fifth studio album April 8th. The band will be on tour with Three Days Grace soon after the release so get those tickets as soon as possible.
Yes, Stone Sour and Slipknot are both on the same list, have two shared band members and both have similar histories, but the performances couldn’t be any more different. The nine-man band rules the stage along with their “maggots” (pet name for fans). The performance is pure mayhem and truly explosive. Enter at your risk and make sure to wear some heavy armor to protect yourself in the mosh pit. Currently, the band has been on an on and off hiatus since the death of bassist Paul Gray in 2010, but are expected to resume touring soon.