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Yo, fellow Spillios. My body still aches from going crazy at Mayhem Festival 2012, and I saw As I Lay Dying, The Devil Wears Prada, Asking Alexandria, Whitechapel, Slipknot and more perform live. They were all enjoyable, but Slipknot in particular killed it. Whether you like them or not, their live show is sick! Anyway, I was wondering what bands you'd say put on the best live show that you've seen?
Bon Iver in summer of 2011 in Holyoke, MA
Watch the Throne concert in late 2011 in Newark, New Jersey
But then again those are the only concerts I've been to
The absolute wildest and craziest stage show is put on by GWAR. Like them or not, no one does what they do on a stage.
I also enjoyed AC/DC. They have great live performances.
ya bugger Slap i now don't know whether to hate or admire ya, i would love to see GWAR live grrrrrrrr \../
to acknowledge what MG stated above though I saw slipknot a few years ago and can concur, what a show they put on (getting to old and injured for the moshpit so stood back and watched) one of the best stage shows i have seen, but not the best gig by far. i saw primus supporting rush, PRIMUS! then saw them again at Reading festival where they were fuckin great. the most memorable gig though would have to be Megadeth in Edinburgh though Alice In Chains opened then The Almighty but i have no recollection as AIC blew me away that much, then i'd have to say seeing the James Taylor Quartet do a 25 minute rendition of the theme from Starsky & Hutch was another highlight (i got my groove the fuck on)
You got to see some pretty good band! I saw so many different shows that it's really hard to pick one that's the best. I really enjoyed the likes of Testament, Life of Agony, Hatebreed, Incubus, Clutch, Pantera, machine Head, Puya, Fear Factory, Soulfly. I really liked Vision of Disorder and Snapcase shows also. I suppose each of these put on great shows, which makes it that much more difficult. I chose Gwar because no one else does what they do. They stand alone in the over the top stage show category.
when we were younger not many bands played in Aberdeen so it meant we had to go to either Glasgow or Edinburgh for gigs (Aberdeen being an hour away the other 2 nearer 4 hours) but still used to see one or two bands a month if we could but as you said it's hard to pick the best but I'd say the venue has as much to do with choice as the band has. The Glasgow Barrowlands used to be a dancehall in the 50's till it burned down so when it was rebuilt the put the dancefloor on springs (to save the imapct on legs during ballroom escapades) so if you get 3000 bouncing on it (as we have witnessed) it is incredible.
Nowadays i prefer the smaller more intimate venue, maybe a couple of hundred capicity. some stand out bands though have been Sly And The Family Stone (back in 2007) it was a shambless of a gig but still we got to see Sly on stage, Leftfield at T in The Park (before it got shit) Bjork (very first T in The Park) along with Cypress Hill and Rage Against The Machine (then saw them both again at the Reading Festival same year)
I could go on and on but I'll leave it there for now
and of course... seeing Jeff Mangum earlier this year was fucking beautiful
Green Day - The first band I ever saw live. This show has cemented why I love the band the songs are played perfectly and its impressive how much stuff they manage to set on fire while still managing to play the music well.
Arcade Fire - This show was nearly seizure inducing. And much like Green Day, they manage to play the songs perfectly.
Chris Cornell - This was during his acoustic tour. And my god it was a great night. He played a LOT of Soundgarden stuff, a good bunch of Audioslave stuff, and some of his solo stuff with some covers here and there.
Pearl Jam - I may need to see them live again because I was so far back in the nosebleeds I just didn't give a flying fuck to remember.
The Foo Fighters - This was a bit better than Pearl Jam, but not by that much. Yes, they had screens setup so people stuck in the nosebleeds could see but I don't want to be up there. I want to see my favorite band up close goddamn it!
Veil Of Maya - Opened for Trivium on the In Flames tour. Not a deathcore person and this really doesn't blow my mind. However, I met the bass player and he's a pretty cool guy!
Trivium - Although their guitars were out of tune (noticeably on the Ascendancy material) and the lack of Shogun stuff, this was a great time. Especially when they opened with In Waves and played Like Light To The Flies.
In Flames - Probably the best live band ever! The guitars weren't out of tune, it sounded even better than the actual album, and the setlist was perfect! Also, Cloud Connected sounds amazing live along with Swim and The Hive!