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Best 10 Shows I've Seen

Was thinking about how different the shows I've seen are, some big, rsome small but most great in their own way. It's always something rdifferent that makes it special, though alcohol often lends a helping rhand. These are the most memorable gigs I've seen so far, what are reveryone elses?
10You Am I
Hi Fi Way

An enormous sentimental favourite, You Am I were one of the first bands I fell in love with as a teenager. Seeing them in the flesh was a great experience after idolising them for so long. I met Tim Rogers at one gig and was given the setlist which is still proudly stuck to my bedroom wall.

Saw Helmet last year at a small local venue, they were having sound problems but Paige was just as happy downing whisky and playing the comedian than he was ripping through a blistering set. Met the band afterwards and were all really cool guys, if a little drunk.

One of the biggest spectacles I've ever seen, Rammstein's set at BDO was more of a pyrotechnic rock opera than a set. The whole performance was incredibly impressive from a technical perspective, and seeing hundreds of drunk, horribly tattooed bogans passionately chanting 'Du Hast Mich' into the setting sun was quite a sight.
7Foo Fighters
Wasting Light

Saw the Foo's in Sydney last year on their Wasting Light stadium tour. This was another nostalgic trip for me, but to their credit Foo Fighters played a really fun set that lasted over three hours. Fucked Up were a great support band, Pinkeyes basically just took off his shirt and ran around the stadium while the rest of the band kept it together. Seeing Mudhoney as well the night before made it a damn good weekend music-wise. I can't think of anyone I would rather see playing these enormous shows than Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters, and I doubt anyone else would have the stamina... Their combination of elite athleticism and rock star swagger is very impressive.

Saw Tool while I was backpacking through North America in 2010, just so happened I was going to be in Vancouver when they played so bought a ticket before I left. Getting to the gig by water taxi was a pretty cool novelty for me and the set was great, heavy on Aenima and Undertow material. Thirdeye was so good live.
5Bomb The Music Industry!

The fact that BTMI! were playing where I live was pretty amazing, and as Jeff told me after 'I can pretty much guarantee this'll never f***ing happen again dude'. The Smith Street Band were the support and they were really good, Jeff just played along with his Ipod and the night just turned into a big drunken party with Jeff and the Smith Street guys, who were all really cool. I bought the Vacation vinyl, had it stolen by some girl, then stole it back again. Great night.
4The Stooges
Raw Power

Another BDO set, seeing the original Raw Power line up in the flesh was pretty surreal. They played such a great set, getting people up on stage to dance (and take their tops off) and had so much energy for their age. Search and Destroy and Your Pretty Face Is Going To Hell were probably the best songs. Considering they were playing alongside Deftones, Rammstein, Tool and Grinderman that year, it was a pretty fun BDO.
3Russian Circles

Saw Russian Circles at a really small, intimate show last year. Standing right up close to the band, the sound was awesome in such a small space and it was my first taste of the Empros material. Had a chat to Dave after the show, and he seemed really appreciative that everyone loved the set, which I thought was pretty cool.
2Porcupine Tree

I was just randomly walking past Radio City Music Hall when I was in New York in 2010 and saw that PT were playing the last night I was in the city, so I went in and bought a really good seat for $40. I had never seen PT before and to see them in a venue as awesome as Radio City was pretty special. I made friends with a Long Island local who told me all about his crazy acid trips and his desire to become a monk... was slightly crazy but really friendly. PT's set was great, mixing up the really proggy old stuff with some of the newer material, they finished with a version of Arriving Somewhere But Not Here from Deadwing which blew me away. Anesthetise was also amazing live.
Hombre Lobo

Another gig I haphazardly stumbled upon during my backpacking, I saw the eels at the Metro in Chicago. I'm an enormous eels fan so this was always going to be great for me. E came out adorned in a white jumpsuit, bandana, sunnies and of course his beard, which was getting pretty serious at that stage. They played an awesome set with a mixture of old and new material, and the whole night was a blast. E also threw buckets of ice creams into the crowd when they started to quiet down. Genius.
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