Adam’s Top Concerts of 2008, Part 1

I know it’s kind of late to be posting 2008 wrap-ups, but we just started this blog, so deal with it!

I probably only went to a dozen or so shows last year, but there were some serious doozies in there.

Honorable Mentions: Buckethead, Telefon Tel Aviv

I saw Buckethead at the Moore on New Years Eve, and it was a great show as far as solo Buckethead shows go. He was “on” and played a good variety of songs, including some from his then-latest release, Albino Slug.

Telefon Tel Aviv opened for Mathew Dear’s Big Hands (which I only made it through half of the set before leaving), but TTA was awesome. They primarily played tunes from their (at the time) forthcoming album Immolate Yourself. This was compounded after the fact when Charles Cooper, one half of the band, was found dead last week. I’m glad I was able to see them.

#3: Dethklok

Yes, a cartoon band was my number 3 concert of 2008. Brendon Small ripped it up live, he’s a heck of a guitarist (and voice actor). The sound was great, the touring band was tight and it all added up to a great show. I hung out next to the lighting guy, and he pretty much an extra band member for both Dethklok and especially the opener, Chimera. This guy wasn’t triggering lights, he was playing the light board. Too cool.

#2: Does It Offend You, Yeah?

I can’t describe how great this show was. I spent the latter half of the year obsessed with their debut album, “You Have No Idea What You’re Getting Yourself Into“. Live, they were fantastic. The songs were pretty faithful to the album versions, which is impressive considering the electronic lean of their sound, but these guys can play. The energy level was nuts, and I just about lost it during “Weird Science” (not a Thomas Dolby cover). I hope these UK guys come back soon, even if I have to see them at a larger venue than the tiny Chop Suey.

Stay tuned for part 2…

One Response to “Adam’s Top Concerts of 2008, Part 1”

  1. Jessie - February 9, 2009

    Does it Offend You… Rocks!! It makes me happy that you like them!

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