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Pearl Jam’s first album Ten ignited the grunge rock era, however, the mega-groups’ show at the AAC in Dallas, November 15th, tops the list of our Ten Best Concerts of 2013

The Front Row’s Top Ten Concerts of 2013

By Chuck Cox

Special Contributor

Although I went out-of-town for a handful of really great shows this past year, this list will include only the concerts I attended in Dallas/Fort Worth last year.  I made it to 80 shows this year, which blew away my personal record. I’ll have to try to best that in 2014.

Here we go. Click the links for Chuck’s full reviews of each show.

1. Pearl Jam, American Airlines Center, Nov. – It had been 10 long years since the mighty Pearl Jam played Dallas. On the strength of the band’s incredible new Lightning Bolt album, Pearl Jam continued to bring it live like no other act can. Getting to see the band the next night in Oklahoma City was a nice bonus. Midlake also did a fantastic job opening both shows.

Depeche Mode

Depeche Mode played the Gexa Energy Pavilion Sept. 20th and was our runner-up of the Top Ten Concerts of 2013

2. Depeche Mode, Gexa Energy Pavilion, Sept. 20 — Pretty much every year, I end up seeing a band that it took me way too long to see. Last year that band was the mighty Depeche Mode. I had always heard really good things about the band live, but the Dallas show was absolutely amazing. It was like seeing an up-and-coming band still hungry for its first big break that was also incredibly polished.

3. Heart, Gexa Energy Pavilion, Aug. 15 – Talk about bringing it live. Heart was absolutely at the top of its game when it rolled through town with the Jason Bonham Experience. The fact that Heart closed its set with six Led Zeppelin songs took the night to another level. I’m going to see Heart again next month.

4. Sigur Ros, Verizon Theatre, April 8 — Wow. Having seen lead singer Jonsi solo, I was elated to finally get to check out Iceland’s finest band live. And Sigur Ros was all kinds of amazing, both with the music and the visual presentation during its two-hour show.

Kanye West

Kanye West brought his “Yeezus Tour” to the American Airlines Center landing him 6th on our list of Top Ten Concerts of 2013

5. Jason Isbell, Twilite Lounge, Oct. 19 — After putting out what I think is the best album of 2013, Southeastern, Isbell was part of the second-day lineup of the Index Festival in Deep Ellum. As if seeing him play an afternoon set wasn’t cool enough, he then played an acoustic show in the cozy Twilite. It was absolutely magnificent.

6. Kanye West, American Airlines Center, Dec. 6 –When it came to the actual show production, nobody topped Mr. West this year. His magnificent “Yeezus Tour” hit the AAC on a very rough weather night, which thinned out the crowd. But West still delivered an epic show that would put some on Broadway to shame. Opener Kendrick Lamar was also stellar.

7. Vaden Todd Lewis and Will Johnson, the Kessler, March 9 — The Toadies and Centro-Matic lead singers got together at my favorite Dallas venue to play an acoustic gig. And I was completely blown away. Both singers were amazing, with distinctive voices and passionate delivery.

Toadies

Any show at the Kessler Theater in Dallas is going to be great and Toadies lead singer Vaden Todd Lewis and Will Johnson came in at #7 on our list of Top Ten Concerts of 2013
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8. Alabama Shakes, The Palladium, March 12 – Lead singer Brittany Howard and the Shakes brought down the house with their inaugural performance in Dallas. The band clearly showed why it had such a meteoric rise to fame with its debut album, Boys & Girls, in 2012.

9. Kings of the Mic Tour, Verizon Theatre, July 1 — It would have been tough to go wrong with a lineup that included LL Cool J, Ice Cube, Public Enemy, and De La Soul. But the trip back into hip hop time was an absolute blast from the first record scratch. Awesome night of music.

10. Robert Plant, The Palladium, June 20 – Seeing Robert Plant play live was like stepping back to my childhood, cranking up my Led Zeppelin cassette tapes. I was truly in the presence of greatness for his tour opener. He played several Zep songs, mixing the arrangements up on a few of them.

Led Zeppelin

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