What tours or concerts are you excited about that you know of so far this year?
I can not wait for The Get Up Kids to come around, their hiatus has been far too long and I’m dying to hear my favorite band live again. Their new album There Are Rules was released today and I will share my thoughts as soon as I listen in. I’m also excited for Flogging Molly’s Green 17 tour. Opening acts this year include Money Brother and The Drowning Men. As always, I am looking forward to Warped Tour 2011 and hope to see some great bands on the bill this year.
I think this year I’m most excited to see the line up for Warped Tour. I’m not really sure what shows are coming up, or what other tours/festivals that will be held this year aside from the annual ones. I have found I regularly check to see who is playing Warped to decide whether or not I go. Moreover, considering the awesome time I had this past summer, I can’t wait to go. On that note, I’d like to say I’m excited to see Tomorrows Bad Seeds again. I haven’t been able to see them since Warped ’10 as they went back to California, but I’m hoping they make their way back to the East Coast soon so I can indulge my ear drums on their sweet musical stylings.
It’s too early into the year to say, but I’m stoked that the 3rd Annual Electric Zoo Festival on Labor Day weekend has been extended to a 3 day festival – which is awesome considering it’s the closest thing to Woodstock for Electronic Dance Music junkies that we’re ever going to get.
After missing them this Holiday season, I’m going to be watching for when the Trans-Siberian Orchestra for comes back to the tri-state area, and of course we can all expect some American bastardization-laden attempt to re-create the fabled “Big 4” concert. Personally, as amazing as it probably was to be at and witness live, I take a skeptical moment to say, “Remember Woodstock.” Lightning will NEVER strike the same spot twice, no matter how much money and promotion is thrown at it. Think about it…original Woodstock (1969) = celebration of peace, love and rock and roll. The last Woodstock (1999) = Limp Bizkit’s rape and bonfire extravaganza. Total 180 and disgrace to the memory of what Woodstock (’69) was.
I am excited about the return of Charlotte Martin (although I have to miss her first shows of the year) and the possibility of Dead Can Dance’s Brendan Perry bringing his solo tour to the U.S. at some point this year. Hell, I am even kind of excited about Motorhead’s tour, and I don’t even care for Lemmy and Co., but hey, he is a musical legend that should be seen at least once. And fingers crossed, perhaps BT will finally tour in the NY/NJ area this year, as he seems to be too good to hit the area (hear that B to tha T?? FUCKING ROCK OUT IN THIS AREA FOR FUCK’S SAKE! PROVE ME WRONG!) I am even keeping my finger’s crossed that Jim Lindberg’s kick-ass new project The Black Pacific will tour this year.