Friday, December 26, 2008

The Annual Top Ten List

Here is my annual top ten list that I've now been posting for the last several years. No real surprises in my list this year, although it is nice to see one newer band on the list.

These are the most listened to of my 2008 purchases.
Sebastian Bach - Angel Down
The Sword - Gods Of The Earth
Mudcrutch - Mudcrutch
Zappa Plays Zappa - ZPZ
King's X - XV
Metallica - Death Magnetic
Guns N' Roses - Chinese Democracy
David Gilmour - Live In Gdansk
Cheap Trick - Budokan! 30th Anniversary Edition
Rush - Snakes And Arrows Live

I'm seeing that new material isn't standing out for me year after year. I must say Metallica's Death Magnetic is a return to form and has probably been my favorite album of 2008. Sebastian Bach and King's X come close behind. As for reissues Cheap Trick's Budokan! including a DVD of the show and live recordings from both nights of their legendary Budokan performance has been great. Jacki and I were even able to see Cheap Trick a couple of times.

Top Concerts
Queensryche / Don Dokken - Feb 24 - House Of Blues / Anaheim
W.A.S.P. - March 8 - Key Club / LA - March 8th performing The Crimson Idol in its entirety
Ace Frehley - March 25 - HOB /Anaheim, with an honorable mention for March 24 in LA when I got to meet Ace in his dressing room.
Eddie Vedder - April 12 - Wiltern / LA
Mudcrutch - April 26 Troubadour / LA
Rush - May 8 - Nokia Live / LA
Iron Maiden / Anthrax - May 30/31 - Verizon Wireless / Irvine, CA
Liquid Tension Experiment - June 27 - Downey Theater / Downey, CA
Bob Schneider - Oct 17 /18 - Key Club / LA / Wavehouse / San Diego
Zappa Plays Zappa - December 12 - Roxy - LA
Metallica / Machine Head / The Sword - December 18 - Forum / LA

Looking back at the concerts I think this was one of my best years for concerts. I saw Ace 3 times, Maiden twice, Bob Schneider twice and experienced some unique shows including Liquid Tension Experiment and Zappa Plays Zappa at the Roxy where Frank's live album from the Roxy was recorded 35 years to the day at the same venue.

Now it's time to look forward to next year.

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