Top 5 Concerts 2022

Top 5 Concerts 2022
By: Joseph Suto

I took in about 40 shows in 2022 and of those shows these were the ones that stood out head and shoulders above the rest. Sometimes if the show doesn’t come to your town, you must go to the show. Glad we did or this list would have been harder to make.

#1. Scorpions- Pine Knob Music Theatre, Clarkston, MI August 30

Hands down these guys tore down the house at the venue formerly known as DTE just outside Detroit. Amazing how good these guys sound especially vocalist Klaus Meine. Such a solid performance.

#2. Judas Priest/Queensryche – MVP Arena Albany, NY October 15

This double-bill had winning combination all over it. Queensryche kicked things off with the explosive “Queen of the Reich” before delving into crowd pleasing favorites such as “Operation: Mindcrime” and “Take Hold of the Flame”.

Judas Priest was recently inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. These guys have been going strong for over 50 years and deserve all the accolades that come their way. Who would have ever thought these guys would still be touring in 2022. To top it all off was the performance of vocalist Rob Halford. Amazing how good he can still sing the catalog even at the age of 71. FULL REVIEW CLICK HERE

#3. WASP – Agora Theatre Cleveland, OH November 12

What can be said about Blackie Lawless and Company after not touring the US since 2010. It was even longer since they had last played Cleveland, OH dating back to 2005. Despite claims of Lawless lip-synching and the band using backing tracks, the latter to which he admitted to, the bottom line was this show kicked some major ass. The naysayers who said the tour would sell poorly underestimated the faithful legion of W.A.S.P. fans who helped make close to 75% of the dates be sold out. Here’s hoping for another leg down the road so they can hit the markets they missed this time around.

#4. Daryl Hall/Todd Rundgren- Crouse Hinds Theater Syracuse, NY November 19

What happens when two of rocks best artists get together? The fans see a double-bill that perhaps they only dreamed about. Daryl Hall who is half of the Hall & Oates duo and also is known for his fantastic show Live From Daryl’s House, put on a dazzling show. Not only did he get to play some of his hits from Hall & Oates but he also got to get in some solo material and each night ended with Todd Rundgren joining Hall onstage for a few songs during the encore. Hall’s band handled both sets and did a fantastic job on Rundgren’s solo set. It is not too often artists of this caliber are able to tour in such intimate venues.

#5. Goo Goo Dolls- KeyBank Center Buffalo, NY September 24

Buffalo’s own Goo Goo Dolls returned home to close out the summer tour. For it being the final show they played it like it could have been their last. Considering all the great shows they have played in their hometown this one stood out as they came home to play the arena, which is the best place to see a Goo Goo Dolls show. Many highlights during the set which saw vocalist Johnny Rzeznik seem like he was having the time of his life. It was the most animated I have seen him in concert to date. That was one of the main contributors which helped make this show stand out.

About Joseph Suto

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