The Top 20 St. Louis Concerts of 2013

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Todd Owyoung
15. Iron Maiden and Megadeth at Verizon Wireless Amphitheater, 9/8/13
The lights went down, a bunch of shit exploded, and then there was Iron Maiden ripping straight into "Moonchild" like a rollercoaster racing straight toward the sky. The energy throughout the amphitheater was incredible. It felt like a wedding party, winning the lottery and meeting Santa Claus for the first time all at once. I don't think there was a blank expression in the house. Singer Bruce Dickinson covered every inch of the stage, running back and forth like a possessed magician with his arms flailing and his tailcoat flapping in the wind. His voice sounded every bit as good as it did on 1985's Live After Death album and his stamina was beyond impressive.

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Kristan Lieb
14. Method Man Kicked Me in the Face While Holding My Friend's Hand
A healthy-sized crowd (600 at the door, according to the promoter) showed up to the Coliseum Saturday night to see the Wu-Tang Clan's most charismatic member in action. The inimitable Mr. M-E-F performed in his trademark microphone-dominating style, climbing repeatedly off the small stage and into the crowd and interacting enthusiastically with audience members throughout the night. One such interaction hit extra close to home when I caught an accidental shoe to the head, immediately after Meth testily (and wordlessly) insisted that my good friend Adam "the Devastator" Greer hold his hand for a little while.

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He's leaving in the morning just as soon as the dark clouds lift: No photo credentials issued on this tour, but last night's main event looked kinda like this dude.
13. Bob Dylan and Dawes at the Peabody Opera House, 04/23/13
For Bob Dylan's visit to St. Louis in April -- his first since October 2010 and the fourteenth stop on his current tour -- the Peabody Opera House stage was backed by a full-height semicircular black curtain with four lighthouse-grade spotlights suspended in front of it that occasionally commenced to glow like so many massive moons orbiting Planet Bob.

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Jon Gitchoff
12. Earl Sweatshirt's First Appearance in St. Louis: Review and Photos
Odd Future's premiere wordsmith Earl Sweatshirt finally made an appearance in St. Louis in June. The rapper came through the Pageant alongside Mac Miller, Vince Staples, Chance the Rapper and the Internet, as part of Miller's Space Migration Tour.

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Steve Truesdell
11. Pokey LaFarge at Casa Loma and Third Man Records HQ, 5/31 and 6/1
Outside the Casa Loma Ballroom in early June, storm sirens echoed their eerie warning to the city: "Take shelter immediately," they cautioned. However, roughly one thousand people -- city and county residents alike -- braved sheets of torrential rain and flash-flooded streets to see Pokey LaFarge play on Friday night.


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39 comments
Lori Franke
Lori Franke

My favorite was Muse - they were awesome! Bruno Mars put on a fantastic show! Varied audience and everyone was having a great time!

Laura Davis
Laura Davis

A Day to Remember, Cannibal Corpse, Avenged Sevenfold...

Angie Cunniff
Angie Cunniff

Brandi Carlile and Sara Bareilles, both at the Pageant.

Ben Williams
Ben Williams

Off the top of my hungover head: Tame Impala at the Pageant. Built to Spill at the Firebird. Menomena at the Firebird.

Ben Miller
Ben Miller

Hipster hipster hipster hipster.

Jacob La Beau
Jacob La Beau

www.facebook.com/sarahmarielive always great the hear her

Jamie Jordan
Jamie Jordan

And the overuse of the word "hipster" continues into 2014, I see. Only a handful of the shows listed could be classified as "hipster". Just because you may not recognize the musicians, doesn't put them in that category.

Keith Mccollum
Keith Mccollum

Clownvis Presley,Bass Amp and Dan & Bruiser Queen at The Demo

Roy Jacobs
Roy Jacobs

My favorite show this year was REO Speedwagon at the Washington County Fair...Real musicians on stage playing their instruments, oh and they actually sang as well.

Jim Schulman
Jim Schulman

Just an altogether terrible list. Wilco is terrible, the national, while amazing, was not nearly as good as walk the moon at the same show, and Taylor swift? Really?

Maria Nicole
Maria Nicole

Once again RFT, you fail. Sigur Ros deserved to be on that list.

Heather King
Heather King

Umm seriously taylor swift. Justin Timberlake 20/20 tour was amazing.!

Lee Montgomery
Lee Montgomery

This List Is Missing 2 Shows, Limp Bizkit At Pop's And DevilDriver At Pop's!!!

JonBHamilton
JonBHamilton

@ikecrosoft I bet! Pearl Jam was probably best all told. 3+ hours, crazy crowd. Well and at Raw we drowned out Trips...

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