2012 was a fantastic year for local concerts, as many popular artists hit the road for major tours and stopped in Boston along the way. Here, we recap 2012 with the top 5 concerts of the year.
Honorable mentions go to Gotye, who performed at the Bank Of America Pavilion, Jason Mraz who performed at the Comcast Center, LMFAO performed at the DCU Center and Madonna played the TD Garden. 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. Justin Bieber at the TD Garden
Touring in support of his third studio album, Believe, the multi-platinum, multi-talented Justin Bieber traveled to Boston Saturday, November 10 and played a sellout crowd at the TD Garden, his first time back since November 2010.
Fresh off his brief breakup with Selena Gomez, the Biebs delivered a 20-song set to the Boston faithful. Read the full Concert Review here.
4. Life Is Good Festival at Prowse Farm in Canton
Good times, good vibes, and fun in the sun all in the name of volunteerism — a fitting way to close out the summer. For a fall weekend in mid-September, the weather couldn’t have been more perfect, with temps reaching upwards of 70 degrees. Big names at the two-day festival Sara Bareilles, Dave Matthews, and Michael Franti & Spearhead.
But that’s not all, the best part about the 2012 Life Is Good Festival? Over $1 million was raised to help children in need. Read the full concert review here.
3. 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.
The band took the stage, then 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. Read the full concert review here.
2. Coldplay at the TD Garden
Thousands of local fans packed Boston’s TD Garden for two nights in late July to see Coldplay put on nothing less than a stunning live performance, both musically and visually.
Based on the top Twitter photos from both the first night and second night at the Garden, the show dazzled the audience with light and video displays, confetti, intimate acoustic sets, and anything else one might expect from a spectacle of a rock concert. Read the full concert review here.
1. MixFest at the Hatch Shell
Okay, so maybe we’re a bit biased ;), but despite the downpour that drenched much of Boston on Saturday, September 8th, an estimated 30,000 fans packed the DCR Hatch Shell for MixFest 2012 featuring Train, Gavin DeGraw, and Andy Grammer.
Even though fans were probably soaked from head to toe for most of the show, you’d be hard pressed to find one on Twitter or Facebook that didn’t have a great time. Don’t believe me? Read the full concert review here.
Andrew Celani — Mix1041.com
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