2010 was a stellar year for live music despite the media produced fear about dropping ticket sales. Shows and festivals don’t show the reports to be truthful. Performers are coming into a new power with business accument and creative force. On a national level, with bigger acts playing smaller venues, it really is a great time for music fans.
2010 saw the return of The Smashing Pumpkins aka Billy Corgan and a group of young musicians who kicked out the jams with all his past hits. Slash returned with his new group and ploughed down sunset with guest vocals by Fergie slamming ‘Baracuda’ down adoring fans eardrums. John Popper’s harmonica blast could be heard like a speeding bullet through the air at numerous shows. The return of Soundgarden was a sad reminder that the music scene hasn’t had anything monumental happen since the golden age of grunge died in the 90’s, though these vets really slammed home an overall incredible performance.
Entertainers in 2010 were in full effect with the likes of Greenday, Flaming Lips, Muse, and other stage show crazies that give you a full sensory overload from their grandious stage performance. These cats put the fun in music and allow your freak flag to fly high and proudly.
Monsters of Folk wrapped up their run as a Indie Super group with a killer performance at Austin City Limits. The Eagles, who normally hail $200 for a single ticket to their show, topped ACL off with a grand performance reminding their Texas kinfolk of a time when urban cowboys ruled. The Strokes bounced back into circulation with their neuvo Ramones-like strut through festivals.
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