But only the top 10 of 2011 make the cut and one show has to beat them all. Read on to find out where that gig took place…
1 GRAVEYARD – HIGH VOLTAGE FESTIVAL, LONDON, JUNE
They’re Swedish and sound like a death metal band but don’t be fooled by the country of origin and the name: this lot roll out 70s-inspired classic rock like it never went out of fashion.
Appearing on the downsized Metal Hammer Stage at High Voltage 2011, the quartet let their hair down (all of it) in style on one of the few baking hot days of a soggy British summer. And if you missed this brief but brilliant set then you missed out.
Graveyard boast the songs, the attitude, the mystique and the retro cool image to become one of the biggest bands of 2012. The need to tour the UK extensively and vigorously is there for all to see – do that and they’ll do very well indeed.
2 Vintage Trouble – Newcastle The Cluny, August
3 Houston – Download Festival, June
4 Mr Big – Download Festival, June
5 Michael Schenker – Newcastle Academy (Black Country Communion support), July
6 In Flames – Newcastle Academy (Defenders Of The Faith tour), December
7 Rush – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, May
8 Foreigner – Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, June
9 Opeth – Newcastle Academy, November
10 Thin Lizzy – Newcastle City Hall, January