2012 Concerts

Way over 100 shows in 2012- a personal record!

CONCERT YEAR IN REVIEW- My 2011 “Top 20” for musicians, bands, and shows

After plenty of thought, here are my favorite singers, guitarists, bass players, drummers, etc. etc. from 2011- a great year of music with some incredible musicians- there’s no real order to my selections, but I do pick my favorites down below).

My Top 20 Singers for 2011

Sebastian Bach

Michael Starr

Jeff Scott Soto

Keith St. John

Terri Nunn

Blondie

Leon Russell

Tim” Ripper” Owens

Michael Lee Firkins

Dave Mason

George Thorogood

Prince

Robert Plant

Tortelvis (Dread Zeppelin)

Kelly Hansen

Simon LeBon

Noah Hunt (Kenny Wayne’s Singer)

Wayne Static

Michael Sweet

George Benson

Graham Bonnet

Mark Boals

Ben Thomas (Zappa Plays Zappa)

MY 3 FAVORITES- SEBASTIAN BACH, MICHAEL STARR and JEFF SCOTT SOTO

My Top 20 Bass Players This Year

Billy Sheehan

Bob Knarley (Dread Zeppelin)

Marcus Miller

Tracy Wormworth (B-52s)

Ida Nielsen (Prince)

Dave Marotta

John Taylor

Jimmy Haslip

Lane Hoppen (Albert Lee/ John Jorgenson)

Julie Slick (Adrian Belew)

Tony Levin

John Myung

Stanley Clarke

Bjorn Englen

Tony Franklin

Deon Estus

Pete Griffin (Zappa Plays Zappa)

Melvin Davis (Lee Ritenour)

Dave Rapa (Michael Lee Firkins)

Jeff Pilson
MY 3 FAVORITES: BILLY SHEEHAN, JULIE SLICK and IDA NIELSEN

My Top 20 Favorite Guitar Players This Year

Al DiMeola

Russ Parrish

Albert Lee

John Jorgenson

Prince

Howie Simon

Paul Gilbert

Yngwie Malmsteen

John Petrucci

Al DiMeola

Russ Parrish

Andy McKee

Eric Johnson

Joel Hoekstra

Michael Lee Firkins

Frank Gambale

Lee Ritenour

Charo

Michael Landau

Vinnie Moore

Dweezil Zappa/ Jamie Kime

MY 3 FAVORITES: HOWIE SIMON, JOHN PETRUCCI and PAUL GILBERT

Drums

Gary Novak

John Blackwell (Prince)

Walfedo Reyes, Jr.

Tommy Clufetos

Mike Mangini

Glen Sobel

Ronald Bruner, Jr.

Jeff Friedl

Tobias Ralph (Adrian Belew)

Pat Mastelotto

Lenny White

Joe Travers

MY 2 FAVORITES: JOHN BLACKWELL and MIKE MANGINI

My Top 12 Keyboards

Greg Hawkes

Brian Auger

Jordan Rudess

Rat Manzarek

Devo

John Beasley

Tony Kaye

Chick Corea

Leon Russell

Nick Marino (Yngwie)

Donald Fagen

Roy Hay

MY 2 FAVORITES THIS YEAR: JORDAN RUDESS and JOHN BEASLEY

My Top 10 Best “Metal” Shows”

Yngwie Malmsteen

Dream Theater

Mr. Big
Steel Panther

Wayne Static

Alcatrazz

Stryper

Jeff Scott Soto

Y&T

Cinderella

My Top 15 Best “Classic Rock” And “Rock” Shows

Roger Daltrey

Molly Hatchet

Ray Mazarek

Dave Mason

Leon Russell

George Thorogood

Foreigner
Def Leppard

Robert Plant

Montrose

Heart

Journey

Night Ranger

Gordon Lightfoot

Dave Mason

Best “Jazz” Shows

Return To Forever

Steely Dan

Lee Ritenour

Al DiMeola

Brian Auger

George Benson

DMS

Best “80’s” Shows

Prince

Duran Duran

Cars

Devo

Go-Gos

Berlin

Fixx

B-52s

The Human League

80s concert- Boys Don’t Cry

Blues

Michael Lee Firkins

Kenny Wayne Shepherd

Prog

Dream Theater

Adrian Belew and Stickmen

Circa

House of Floyd

Zappa Plays Zappa

Best “Cover” Bands

Dread Zeppelin- reggae Led Zeppelin

Led Zeppelin 2- awesome recreation of the real band

Foreigner- NO ORIGINAL members when they played Hollywood

Steel Panther- they do songs better than the original versions

Disco Inferno- great disco band

Boogie Knights- another great disco band

Spazmatics- great 80s music

Least Favorite Concerts- The “Bottom 5”

Matisyahu- fell asleep- acoustic show wasn’t as exciting as his regular concerts

The Misfits- left early- the sound was horrible and it all sounded the same

Marshall Tucker Band- great band, but horrible singing and harmonies

Kenny Loggins- even after several beers, Footloose just didn’t do it for me this time around

G. Love- took my kid for a “kid’s” show- wish I hadn’t- very inappropriate and unmusical

Top 10 Concerts This Year:

1. Dream Theater Nokia Theatre 9/25/2011

2. Return To Forever4&Zappa Plays Zappa-Greek 9/20/2011

3. Steely Dan Santa Barbara Bowl 7/6/2011

4. Prince Forum 4/21/2011

5. Duran Duran Nokia Theatre 9/27/2011

6. Mr. Big Canyon 7/31/2011

7. Steel Panther House of Blues Sunset 5/23/2011, 5/30/2011, 6/6/2011 and 8/22/2011 and 11/28/2011

8. Dread Zeppelin Key Club 5/19/2011

9. The Cars Palladium 5/12/2011

10. Devo The Canyon 8/26/2011

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