Saturday, January 01, 2005

Goodbye 2004, Howdy 2005/ Live highlights of 2004

Morning kids. Hope y'all had a good New Year's Eve and the inevitable hangover isn't too bad. Right, back to the music...

To finish the 2004 wrap, let's look through the gig highlights of the last 12 months. These are the ticket stubs that remain in the Major Leaguer wallet:

1. Interpol @ The Forum - NY's finest light up a dark November night with a set that will forever be etched in this writer's memory.

2. Wilco @ The Astoria - Sure, the jam nature of Wilco's recent work may resemble the Grateful Dead, but the addition of Nels Cline has only made the Chicago band stronger. Jeff Tweedy continues to fly close to the sun, but his wings aren't melting yet.

3. Bright Eyes @ ULU - Conor wasn't drunk this time, and sans his Bright Eyes cohorts he seemed more focused than ever. A Dylan for the I-Pod generation.

4. Justin Timberlake @ Earls Court - Yes, Justin Timberlake. Fireworks, a cracking live band, and over-the-top choreography. Michael who?

5. The Roots @ Brixton Academy - Hip-Hop's premier live crew keep on truckin'. Black Thought continues to be the MC's MC, ?uestlove is still ?uestlove (with the 'fro to match his skills - massive), and the night was topped off by a stunning solo set from Roots super-sub Martin Luther. Illadelph's finest sure put on one hell of a show.

Unlucky losers....And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Fleeing New York, Jurassic 5, Melody Club and Sparks (who managed to perform both the entire Lil' Beethoven album and a cracking Greatest Hits set in one show).

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