It’s that time of the year when we recognise the best of the best in rock and metal.

And as we count down towards our 2011 Albums Of The Year here’s a reminder of the visual treats on offer over the last 12 months.

And if you vehemently disagree then feel free to get in touch and let us know what missed the cut… 



Those who witnessed the Time Machine tour won’t need any reminding that what they saw was a piece of progressive rock history.

Finally emerging from the shadows of cult obscurity and into the mainstream, Rush’s long ascendancy has been worth the wait and this show was the perfect follow-up to the fantastic Beyond The Lighted Stage documentary.

With Time Machine Peart, Lee and Lifeson owned the stage the world over and this stunning concert is the lasting legacy to live performance every Rush fan has to own. Renowned for making a number of fine live albums, this DVD (even better on Blu-Ray…) catapults the trio to the top of the audio-visual tree.

Split into two sets, the second of which showcased the entire Moving Pictures album, the concert footage is a tour de force. And while the Rush community might bemoan the lack of bonus material the ‘Real’ History Of Rush episodes subtly boost the band’s brilliant performance.

Even if you’re no big Rush fan it’s obvious that this isn’t simply their Time Machine – this is their time.


2. Black Country CommunionLive Over Europe

3. EuropeLive At Shepherd’s Bush, London

4. Foreigner Rockin’ At The Ryman

5. MarillionLive From Cadogan Hall