2012 was a fantastic year for classic rock, as many legendary artists hit the road for major tours and stopped in Boston along the way. Here, we recap the year in classic rock concerts with the top 5 concerts of 2012.
This top 5 list does not include the WZLX 27th Anniversary concert with ZZ Top and Lynyrd Skynyrd – that show is a given. Most of us know how great that night was. Instead, we will go elsewhere to see which classic rock legends rocked Boston the best.
Honorable mention goes to Neil Young & Crazy Horse, who played the Garden, Boston’s own J. Geils Band who performed at the House of Blues, Aerosmith performed at the Garden and Stevie Nicks played the Bank of America Pavilion. But as great as those shows were, they didn’t make the top 5.
Here are the biggest live highlights from Boston in 2012:
5. The Who Live at TD Garden
Many questions from fans of whether they’d ever see The Who live again were answered in resounding fashion in 2012 as Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend united for a tour that stopped at the TD Garden in November and extends well into 2013.
The band performed their classic album Quadrophenia, which celebrates its 40th anniversary in 2013, in full as part of the tour. Will this be the last time we get to see Daltrey and Townshend perform together?
4. Rush Live at the TD Garden
Canadian prog rock legends Rush enjoyed a great year in 2012. They released their new album Clockwork Angels in June and supported it with a world tour, and topped off 2012 with their long overdue induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
3. Roger Waters “The Wall” Live at Fenway Park
After seemingly taking the live presentation of The Wall to never-before-seen heights with a top-grossing world tour in 2011, Roger Waters somehow took the show to yet another level as he performed the legendary Pink Floyd album outdoors at several baseball stadiums around the country.
Fenway Park was lucky enough to be one of those destinations for Waters, who performed The Wall in full and benefit greatly from the nice, clear weather that night. And of course, plenty of great photos were posted online of the once-in-a-lifetime show.
2. Aerosmith Live on Commonwealth Ave.
Never has a street performer attracted so much attention – and put on such an epic show. Aerosmith decided just before Election Day 2012 that they wanted to perform in front of their old apartment at 1325 Commonwealth Ave. in Boston, so they did that – literally.
After Carter Alan spoke with Steven Tyler and the band took the stage, they blazed through a mix of classics like “Sweet Emotion” and new material off their album Music From Another Dimension! The best part about the performance? The band felt right at home.
1. Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band Live at Fenway Park
The arrival of Bruce Springsteen to perform with his longtime band at our beloved Fenway Park was such a tremendous event that it took not one, but two nights for Bruce & Co. to reach the millions of fans throughout Boston yearning for some live Springsteen.
As one would expect, they stormed through two 3-plus-hour sets which included plenty of covers and special performances unique to the Fenway celebration. The show resulted in great fan reviews (for both nights) on Twitter and tons of amazing photos. The best part of the show, though, were the countless memories provided to those in attendance.
What was your favorite show you saw this year? Let us know in the comments.