Concerts I went to 2010–2012

At an Eros Ramazotti concert in Oct 08, I was musing at the amazing artists I’ve seen from around the world, and while around the world. I thought I’d indulge myself with a list of concerts of famous, obscure, alternative, and mainstream folks that I’ve seen through the years. (Pre-2010, 2013 and current in separate posts)

2012 – Australia

  • Beth Orton, State Theatre (January) – I love her music, but was surprised how nervous she was. It took a long time for her to warm up into her own songs.
  • Sam Amidon, Spiegeltent (January) – I kind of liked the dead-pan American humour from the Deep South but my friends thought it was weird. Still, his version of R. Kelly’s ‘Relief’ was amazing.
  • Hans Zinner’s 41 Strings and Bharoocha’s IIII, Sydney Opera House (January) – This piece of music and performance was one of the most exciting events I’ve been to. Amazing orchestral pop performed by dozens and dozens of musicians onstage in a concert venue. Wow.
  • The King’s Singers, Sydney Opera House (February)
  • The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Opera House (March) – I love their reinterpretations of new and old popular songs, i.e. Teenage Dirtbag, and they’re great performers… But what an unusual crowd. It was like being at a ukulele convention.
  • Bon Iver, Opera House (March) – Hard-fought tickets, a sold-out house and the audience ADORED them. An interesting phenomenon to have such original music create such fandom. It was great, though I wish they hadn’t torn apart their old songs so much.
  • Jane Birkin, Angel Place (March) – see my posted review
  • Angélique Kidjo, Sydney Opera House (April)
  • Bryce Dessner, Nico Muhly & Sufjan Stevens (May) – String Quartets and ‘Planetarium’. This music was beautiful!
  • Prince (June) – holy crap, what a concert. One of the best I’ve ever seen.
  • Lady Gaga (June) – great performer, I’m glad we went.
  • Radiohead (November)
  • Emmylou Harris (November) – State Theatre. Perhaps more country and bluegrass than I like.
  • Morrissey (December) – what a crazy great concert this was and I didn’t expect him to sing so many Smiths songs. Was ecstatic.

2011 – Australia

  • The National, Enmore Theatre (January)
  • The Magnets, The Basement (June)

2010 – Australia

  • Andrew Bird, January, Sydney Opera House
  • Grizzly Bear, January, State Theatre, Sydney
  • Carole King and James Taylor, April, Hope Estate Winery, Hunter Valley
  • Rickie Lee Jones, Opera House (Vivid), May
  • Jonsi, Enmore Theatre
  • Kurt Elling, November, Sydney Opera House

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