Another year has expired and once again more shows came down the hatch then any one concert goer could have imagined. But which ones stood out above the rest? Which ones made us stand up and take notice? Which ones earned the right to say they made the Top Ten Shows of 2010?!
P.T. Barnum once said, “I am a showman by profession…and all the gilding shall make nothing else of me.” History credits Barnum with creating “The Greatest Show on Earth”… I guess history didn’t watch Metropolis explode on July 7th. The true ringmaster? Wayne Coyne. In first place for 2010? The Flaming Lips.
After nearly thirty years in action, the godfathers of grunge and every goddamn thing we quirkily slam our heads to now, schooled… nay… owned… nay violated Montreal’s Club Soda with almost everything a live act could hope to bring to the table! Any questions?! Didn’t think so! Next!
Like a big cock with no stamina, Germany’s Rammstein masked their mediocre talent and stage presence with so many explosions they could have turned a Stephen Harper speech into an exciting event. For their virtually unparalleled visuals, the deutschmen make number three.
Over the top theatrics, big visual presence and epic audio interludes earned these swoon rockers a place in the sun. English outfit Muse left Montreal’s Centre Bell wooed and open-mouthed with number four quality.
5. Heavy MTL @ Parc Jean Drapeau – 07.24/25.10
Large and in charge, this face melting festival had Montreal head banging with purpose and wind milling with delight as it tore through a loud summer weekend. Thrashing to the tune of weighty number five is Heavy MTL.
6. The xx @ Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier (POP Montreal) – 10.01.10
Faultless, scuzz-rock swagger in a pinstripe suit fed upon a packed Metropolis with reckless audio abandon and more cool than any one concert goer could handle. Painting the walls with your blood at number seven is Grinderman.
8. The Dillinger Escape Plan @ Cabaret du Musée Juste Pour Rire – 03.13.10
Like liquid chaos being controlled with thousand watt cattle prods, these hustlers of the hard and heavy skull fucked Montreal with a smile. Brutality alert at number eight. The Dillinger Escape Plan.
Fear of a Black Planet‘s twenty year birthday played backdrop to the older than old school, as the legendary Chuck D and Flavor Flav schooled Montreal on exactly how hip hop should sound. Full of opinion, beats and more vintage swagger than your delicate ears can handle puts Public Enemy at number nine.
Ladies and gentlemen… I present to you the grandson of country music legend Hank Williams, son of Hank Williams Jr., catalyst for everything crude, lude and rude in country, and a man that simply could not be left off this year’s list… Hank Williams III. And in the words of the spittin’ cowpunk himself… I woke up this mornin’, kissed my wife goodbye, I pray to god that I’ll make it home safe tonight, It’s a dangerous job but I take that risk, I’ll trade my blood and sweat just to feed my kids.
- Ticket Giveaway: Hank Williams III & Assjack in Montreal!
- Hank Williams III & Assjack @ Le National – 06.05.10
- cornershopstudios’ Top Ten Concerts of 2009