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Top Ten Tuesday! My Ten Favorite Bands to See Live!

I love live music. There’s not much better than the energy of a crowd enjoying a live performance. At this point in my life I’ve seen hundreds of bands live, many of them iconic. These are my favorite ten bands that I’ve seen live.



10. Fall Out Boy: I first heard about them from a sampler CD that was being given away for free as I left a concert for another band. The video below isn’t them live, but I thought you’d want to hear their remake of the Ghostbusters song for the new movie soundtrack.

9. New PoliticsThey’re different. If you don’t know their music, check it out. The lead singer does backflips and break dances on stage.

favim.com Hayley Williams

favim.com Hayley Williams

8. ParamoreFun music, great band, entertaining show. Lead singer Hayley Williams is not very large as far as human beings go, but on stage she has a powerful voice and never stops moving.

7. Nothing PersonalMy son’s band. I couldn’t leave them off the list or my son would be hurt. He’ll still be mad that he’s ranked 7th. I just didn’t want to show nepotism and I want him to work harder to get to no.1.

6. 3OH!3I just saw them last night at the Alternative Press Music Awards. Flat out fun live. Always a crazy crowd and you can’t help but to jump to their music. Scroll down to yesterdays Phil Factor for a sample.

5. Motion City SoundtrackI just saw them last month in Philadelphia on their final tour. Clever, catchy, pop lyrics. Their stage show is stripped down. No laser lights or explosions, just a great band playing great music with a lead singer Justin Pierre who was probably voted least likely looking rock star in high school.



4. Panic! At The DiscoTheir front man, Brendon Urie, is my son’s favorite performer. The bands music is kind of pop alternative rock and Brendon has a Broadway voice and a theatrical stage presence in their shows.

3. All Time LowThey’re a very popular alternative rock band that does a great job at being down to Earth and connecting with their fans. Their shows are full of witty banter with the crowd.



2. Phish: I’ve only seen this modern day Grateful Dead type band live twice, but one of those times was a doozy. It was at an outdoor venue so as you can imagine, things get a little looser. At their shows the crowd is more entertaining than the band.


1. Green Day: If you’re a long time reader of my blog you know my love of Green Day. I’ve been a fan of theirs for their entire twenty-something year career. I think it’s cool that guys my age are still popular and playing cool music.

So what are your favorite bands to see live?

Music Monday! 3OH!3 and Katy Perry

To be honest, I think this band, 3OH!3, has better songs, but I’m using the one they made with Katy Perry just to grab your attention because I know you’ve heard of Katy Perry, but you might not know 3OH!3. In case you were wondering, their name is pronounced Three Oh Three. They’re an electronic music duo from Boulder, Colorado consisting of Sean Foreman and Nathaniel Motte.

I became aware of them in 2008 when their song Don’t Trust Me hit no. 7 on the Billboard charts in the U.S. I’ve seen them a few times live when I’ve attended Warped Tour and they’re always entertaining. I’ve included them in this weeks Music Monday because I’ll be seeing them tonight at the Alternative Press Music Awards in Columbus, Ohio. Do you want to  know why Donald Trump is bad? Because the APMA’s are usually held in Cleveland, Ohio and there’s lots of activities in conjunction with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but the awards ceremony was moved to Columbus, Ohio because of the Republican National Convention.

Have a great Monday! ~Phil