Most Important Shows of The Decade

JamBase's Most Important Shows Of The Decade

Everything changed over the last decade. Never mind the political, social and economic upheaval, musically everything changed. Ten years ago we didn't own iPods or Smart Phones; we rocked a Discman and in some cases an old yellow Walkman. We didn't download tracks or stream shows; we bought albums and traded live Maxell tapes. Then technology set us free and the record industry collapsed. After peaking in 2000, CD sales have plummeted by more than 50-percent, dropping further into oblivion every year. Meanwhile, digital sales continue to rise and free music (both pirated and authorized) is everywhere, flooding hard drives like never before. Surely this trend will continue for the foreseeable future.

The old model is dead. It's a new game and the rules are still being defined. One thing, however, is for sure, the music industry needed a colossal change and it's getting it. The days of boy bands selling 2 million units in a week are gone. And for that, you can thank the digital download. Online music is on the way to making radio irrelevant and no one seems sure if MTV even plays music anymore. It's not that people listen to or want less music. The way we get it has simply evolved. We no longer need anyone to spoon-feed us lowest common denominator crap. Now we've got a billion ways to get turned on to the latest thing, and with advancements in how music is made there's more to choose from than at any other time in history.

But one thing didn't change in the past ten years. We still go see live music. As album sales fell through the floor, live music revenue has grown by 150-percent. Here at JamBase, we've always known the live experience is where it's at, and now that all bands (not just the ones this site was founded upon) are forced to survive on touring dollars, the rest of the music world is catching on. That's one change we're happy to embrace.

At the beginning of the decade, JamBase was just starting to really take form. Surviving the dot-com bubble burst, we were a small team working out of an even smaller house in Mill Valley, California. Soon we sprouted legs, and as our vision and team evolved, we moved into a real office South of Market in downtown San Francisco, where we've been since 2003. Now JamBase has the most complete tour date information anywhere in the world, providing concert listings for AOL, Billboard, Spin, Rhapsody and many more, and our content has evolved into a leading source for live music editorial. Part of our mission has always been to use technology to help you get to the show and we know today's music fan is often on the move, that's why we created our lauded iPhone App that puts all our concert info straight into your pocket.

Even a cursory look at the articles on this website over the past decade indicates great change. From the way we look to what we cover, change has perhaps been the only constant at JamBase. Clearly, we report on more than just jam bands now (we like to think we cover the live music scene as a whole, with no genre being off limits), but if we go back to our roots and look at the band that started it all for JamBase (which grew out of Andy Gadiel's Phish Page), we're reminded that change is an essential part of life. It's often hard, but almost always exciting, and if you aren't changing and evolving, you're probably dying.

In the past decade Phish quit (2000), came back (2002), quit again (2004), and finally got it right and resurfaced with purpose in 2009. For the most part, this was a messy decade for Trey, Mike, Page and Fish. With personal struggles taking center stage and the music falling off, when the band finished their final set at Coventry in 2004, in many ways, things couldn't have been worse. The muddy fields were a metaphor for the state of the band and the sloppy performances an indication of just how bad it had gotten. But they overcame their challenges, and that's certainly part of why we love them. Who amongst us hasn't made poor decisions and paid the price? And if there's one thing Americans love it's a comeback story. During the '90s this band dominated. The pressures of fame brought stress unlike anything they'd experienced, and in the 2000s they fell hard. But as we close the book on this decade, Phish is back on top in a major way. No band's comeback has made a bigger impact on our world this decade than Phish, and we couldn't be happier to have chronicled every step of their triumphant return.

But there's more to Phish than just sick jams and transcendent rock shows. The ups and downs experienced by the band in many ways mirrored America's path this decade. Coming out of the '90s, everything appeared peachy. Mainstream music desperately needed help, but economically and politically, America was mostly doing great. September 11, 2001 thrust change upon us in ways we may never fully understand. Our collective psyche shattered, we've been at war ever since. Our economy has collapsed, and we're facing a rising environmental crisis. Like Phish, America had a rough decade, but hopefully we can grab the strands of hope we're starting to see and rise to the occasion like our favorite bands seem to do.

While it's not likely that Phish's trajectory had any tangible affect on our nation, it definitely affected the music scene. Phish's hiatus (especially the first one) opened the door for a plethora of talent to flourish. With no one band filling the void, a wide array of acts like The String Cheese Incident, Umphrey's McGee, STS9, The Disco Biscuits, Keller Williams, and many others were able to rapidly gain new fans and separate themselves from the pack as the premier new crop of jam bands.

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The changing scene and lack of a clear improvisational concert king also allowed a host of bands hovering on the borders of jam to emerge more prominently in the live music space. With the help of festivals like Bonnaroo, websites like JamBase and open-minded fans like you, artists such as My Morning Jacket, Jack White, Drive-By Truckers, The Hold Steady, Arcade Fire, and The Mars Volta all experienced incredible breakthroughs.

But, that didn't mean the pillars of the jam scene crumbled in the 2000s. The granddaddy of 'em all, The Grateful Dead found ways to reform, reinvent and move on after Jerry Garcia's death in 1995. moe. proved to be one of the most consistent acts of the decade, Gov't Mule survived the death of Allen Woody, and Widespread Panic managed to find new life with Jimmy Herring after Michael Houser passed away in 2002.

Though we lost some legends, including Johnny Cash, James Brown, George Harrison, Vic Chesnutt and Michael Jackson, we did get a bunch of reunions and even a few rebirths this past decade. Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, Cream, The Police, Van Halen, The Pixies, Dinosaur Jr., Polvo, Meat Puppets, Smashing Pumpkins, Gang of Four, Rage Against the Machine, Leonard Cohen and The Stooges all returned to the stage, and all were in consideration (some more than others) for this feature.

In fact, there were pages upon pages of possibilities pored over while creating this list. Trying to determine 10 shows that stood out in a decade packed with powerful performances proved daunting, and we're sure we left off something critical, which is why we'd love to see you set the record straight by sharing your own list in the Comments Section. But this is our list. After serious internal debate, discussions with artists and industry insiders, and careful consideration of your comments and emails, these are JamBase's Most Important Shows of The Decade, presented to you in chronological order. It all starts with a special night in Florida that many fans spent the next decade reminiscing about or wishing they'd attended. (Kayceman)

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Phish | 01/01/00
Big Cypress | Seminole Indian Reservation | Everglades, FL

Photo of Phish at Big Cypress by Danny Clinch
The decade began with Phish performing for over seven straight hours from midnight until sunrise in the middle of the Florida Everglades. The band arrived on stage riding their trademark giant Hot Dog as it paraded through the audience to a recording of their song "Meatstick." As they took to their instruments and finished the tune, the final moments of the '90s came to a close and an audience over 85,000 strong was led in a Millennium Countdown before the band launched into their anthemic "Down With Disease." About an hour later, "Heavy Things" (cheesecake!) would be telecast live on ABC Nightly News' special New Year's Eve coverage from around the world to over 100 million people.

Significant for its timing, location and endurance, the show featured some of the most powerful and definitive versions of the band's staple songs including "You Enjoy Myself," "Slave to the Traffic Light," "Reba," "Sand," and "David Bowie." They also showcased several beloved covers including The Velvet Underground's "Rock and Roll," Talking Heads' "Crosseyed and Painless," The Who's "Drowned," and Ween's "Roses Are Free." The set was so powerful for the band that after leaving the stage at sunrise they opted not to return for an encore, instead leaving it to Mother Nature and a recording of The Beatles' "Here Comes The Sun" to send the audience on their way. This ultimate "long gig" left those in attendance satiated, awe struck, and thankful that the world (Y2K) did not come to and end. (Andy Gadiel)

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Meatstick > Auld Lang Syne, Down with Disease > Llama, Bathtub Gin, Heavy Things, Twist > Prince Caspian > Rock and Roll, You Enjoy Myself, Crosseyed and Painless, The Inlaw Josie Wales, Sand > Quadrophonic Toppling, Slave to the Traffic Light, Albuquerque, Reba, Axilla, Uncle Pen, David Bowie, My Soul, Drowned > After Midnight Reprise, The Horse > Silent in the Morning, Bittersweet Motel, Piper > Free, Lawn Boy, Hold Your Head Up > Love You > Hold Your Head Up, Roses Are Free, Bug, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Wading in the Velvet Sea, Meatstick

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Phil & Friends | 12/31/00
Henry J. Kaiser Auditorium | Oakland, CA

Photo of Gordon, Herring, Lesh & Haynes on NYE 2000 in Oakland by Dave Vann
In no small way, this night was the relaunch of The Grateful Dead NYE tradition. Despite the fact that RatDog had been playing December 31st since 1998, after numerous lineups, Phil Lesh & Friends settled into a stunning aggregate in 2000 that happily reminded many diehards why this music endures. The Dead tribe had set their calendars for decades around where the band would land on key dates like NYE, Mardi Gras, etc. and the buzz leading up to this evening had the same run-away-to-the-circus, butterflies-in-the-tummy vibe that The Grateful Dead always engendered. "The Quintet," as they came to be known, of Lesh (bass, vocals), Warren Haynes (guitar, vocals), Jimmy Herring (guitar), Rob Barraco (keys, vocals) and John Molo (drums) attacked this music like it was alive – rangy and unruly like days of old – and that in turn put the electrodes to this beloved catalog. For perhaps the first time since Jerry Garcia passed, it felt like there was a real tomorrow for this music. The heightened atmosphere was further elevated by the recent passing of Allen Woody, putting the future of Gov't Mule in question and leaving Haynes and Matt Abts to open the night as an acoustic duo. Toss in several guest turns by Mike Gordon, which poignantly reminded one that Phish was not holding their annual NYE festivities, and you had a gathering that directly and indirectly grappled with death and rebirth in stirring ways. (Dennis Cook)

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The Concert for New York City | 10/21/01
Madison Square Garden | New York, NY

With the World Trade Center attacks of 9/11 still stingingly fresh in our collective memory, Paul McCartney gathered together The Who, Bon Jovi, Macy Gray, John Mellencamp, Backstreet Boys and more, plus film and political luminaries like Adam Sandler, Billy Crystal, Tom Daschle and Harrison Ford for a benefit concert that was a defiant affirmation of the United States' ability to endure almost anything and thrive. Where most events of this sort truck in near-somber sincerity, The Concert for New York City welcomed in laughter and entertainment, both of which were in short supply for the many NYC firefighters and policemen and their families in attendance. Though studded with stellar turns like Eric Clapton and Buddy Guy doing "Hoochie Coochie Man" and Mick Jagger and Keith Richards getting gospel on "Salt of the Earth," the pinnacle of the night might be Billy Joel's one-two punch of "Miami 2017 (Seen The Lights Go Out On Broadway)" and "New York State of Mind," where MSG exploded as he punched lines like, "They turned our power down and drove us underground, but we went right on with the show," with an emotion impossible to duplicate. An incredible example of where the worst in human beings can sometimes be a catalyst for the very best in us. (Dennis Cook)

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Widespread Panic | 04/28/02
Oak Mountain Amphitheatre | Pelham, AL

Photos of Widespread Panic at Oak Mountain on 04/28/02 by Jackie Jasper
As far as anyone knew, this was it. By all accounts, Sunday, April 28, 2002 at Pelham, Alabama's Oak Mountain Amphitheatre appeared to be Widespread Panic lead guitarist and co-founder Michael Houser's last concert. It was the final night of a brief eight-show spring tour that felt like, and in many ways was, the "Goodbye Houser Tour." Although not an official word had been uttered, most fans knew that Houser had contracted pancreatic cancer, and one could tell just by looking at him up close onstage that his time was drawing near. Although he would bravely perform seven more shows as he began the spring tour two months later, at this point, Sunday at Oak Mountain looked like the final one.

The venue, set in the heart of Panic Country, was packed with 10,000 serious fans and there was a tension and energy hanging in the humid Alabama air unlike anything I have personally ever experienced. The band rose to the occasion; from song selection (there wasn't a dry eye during the "Trouble" encore) to execution to the Jerry Joseph guest appearance, it was nearly flawless and one of the best shows of the band's legendary career. But it was more than just that. It was the way the weather coincided with the music, making it feel like bandleader John Bell had created rain during "Cortez The Killer." It was the undeniable sense of community. It was the bittersweet, sad-yet-grateful feeling for the opportunity to say goodbye properly and rage it one more time. It was the weight of it all. Standing at Oak Mountain, bitter tears and warm rain washing over one's face, wrapped in arms from friends both old and new, truly believing this was the final Houser jam, it felt like we were part of history on that day. (Kayceman)

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Bonnaroo Music Festival | 06/21/02 - 06/23/02
Manchester, TN

Photo of Phil Lesh and Friends with Bob Weir at Bonnaroo 2002 by Dave Vann
Selling out 70,000 tickets in advance to an untried mega-festival in the Tennessee hills with roots in the jam scene would have been accomplishment enough, but the inaugural Bonnaroo had ripples far beyond great sales. In no small way, Bonnaroo put this subculture on the larger cultural map, joining Coachella and Lollapalooza as one of few festivals covered by MTV and other mainstream outlets. However, from the start Bonnaroo has embraced tradition and heritage artists AND cutting edge talent in a way no other super-sized fest had, putting the likes of Blind Boys of Alabama and the Del McCoury Band right next to Ween and Les Claypool. In going big from the get-go, Bonnaroo established itself overnight as a destination for music lovers worldwide. Using the abundant energy and vast subterranean network of live music loving jam fans, the organizers launched something part intrinsically "jam" that was also something much, much larger in scope and vision. While subsequent years have found the likes of Tool, Bruce Springsteen and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers headlining, for some 'Roo vets there's perhaps no more enduring, moving set than Widespread Panic performing one of their final shows with Michael Houser this first year, a pulsating, powerhouse display that included "Testify" with Dottie Peoples, where Dave Schools says he looked out over the crowd and they were "levitating." In an age where small ideas and limited expectations prevail Bonnaroo actively reaches for grandeur and all those involved are encouraged to stretch beyond their normal limitations and ways of seeing. (Dennis Cook)

2002 Bonnaroo Artist Lineup: Widespread Panic * Trey Anastasio * Ben Harper * The String Cheese Incident * Phil Lesh and Friends (w/Bob Weir) * Bela Fleck & Edgar Meyer * Galactic with Trombone Shorty and Corey Henry * Gov't Mule * Jack Johnson * Norah Jones * Jurassic 5 * Karl Denson's Tiny Universe * Les Claypool * moe. * Ween * Keller Williams (WMD's) * Acoustic Syndicate * The Big Wu * Blind Boys of Alabama * Blackalicious * John Butler Trio * Campbell Brothers * Colonel Claypool's Bucket of Bernie Brains * Cut Chemist * The Del McCoury band * Dirty Dozen Brass Band * The Disco Biscuits * Gabe Dixon Band * Donna The Buffalo * Dottie Peoples * Drums & Tuba * Gran Torino * Col. Bruce Hampton & The Code Talkers * Corey Harris * Lil' Rascals Brass Band * Llama * DJ Logic * Mofro * North Mississippi Allstars * Old Crow Medicine Show * Particle * RANA * Soulive * Amon Tobin * Umphrey's McGee * Jim White * Vinroc * Z-Trip * Mark Eddie * Mike Birbiglia * Vic Henley

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Gov't Mule - The Deepest End | 05/03/03
Saenger Theatre | New Orleans, LA

Photo of Haynes, Abts, Newsted and Louis at Gov't Mule's "The Deepest End Concert" on 05/03/03 in New Orleans by Michael Weintrob
If one ever needed proof that Gov't Mule was a band adored by their fellow musicians, then "The Deepest End Concert" in New Orleans should provide all the evidence one needs. The culmination of three years of recording and mourning the loss of founding bassist Allen Woody, this five-and-a-half-hour marathon performance found this contemporary classic rock unit joined by some of the finest bassists in the world - Jason Newsted (Metallica, Ozzy, Voivod), George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Dave Schools (Widespread Panic), Victor Wooten (Béla Fleck), Rob Wasserman, Paul Jackson Jr., Mike Gordon (Phish), Roger Glover (Deep Purple), Jack Casady (Hot Tune, Jefferson Airplane), Conrad Lazano (Los Lobos), Les Claypool (Primus), and then Mule regular Greg Rzab. If that weren't enough, the night also had guest turns from Ivan Neville (Dumpstaphunk), Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Karl Denson and more. A largely unrehearsed affair, the show was rich in what Mule leader Warren Haynes calls "spontaneous composition." The range of material was off the chain, including Sabbath covers with Jason Newsted, Purple's "Maybe I'm A Leo" with Glover, and a blinding version of Herbie Hancock's "Chameleon" with studio whiz Paul Jackson Jr. whipping the low end every which way. The art of focused, meaty improvisation has rarely had a finer showing than this gig, which also served to highlight what a ridiculously diverse bunch Gov't Mule is – a big tent capable of holding just about anything if these cats (and their collaborators) put their backbone into it. (Dennis Cook)

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New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
04/28/06-04/30/06 & 05/05/06-05/07/06
Fair Grounds Race Course | New Orleans, LA

Photo of Bruce Springsteen at Jazz Fest 2006 in New Orleans by Michael Weintrob
Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans and the Gulf Coast. One of the worst natural disasters to ever hit the United States, around 2,000 people died with several hundred more declared "missing." When the levees broke on August 29, 2005 water covered 80-percent of the Crescent City. With the pathetic, disorganized response from our government and the days of bedlam that followed, it appeared that America's most unique, most culturally significant city (giving birth to jazz is often considered this country's crowning artistic achievement, not to mention the food!) might be gone forever, submerged under six feet of water never to return. And that's why eight months later when the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival celebrated its 37th year it was much more than just another Jazz Fest.

No one was sure if the organizers would even be able to make the event happen, and there were serious questions about if anyone would come. What transpired was an emotional celebration that marked a critical point in our nation's history. It was a symbol of hope and a statement of purpose from the city, the musicians and the fans. 4,000 artists performed on ten stages over the two-weekend event, with headliners including Bruce Springsteen, Dr. John, Dave Matthews, Lionel Richie, Paul Simon, Elvis Costello and Allen Toussaint. It was a stake in the ground that said, "We won't let New Orleans die." The massive surge of tourist dollars clearly helped, but what New Orleans needed even more was the knowledge that we cared, that despite our government's lack of commitment, the American people valued New Orleans and we would help bring her residents home. And while there is still so much more that needs to be done, we learned that no flood could drown New Orleans. Music is the blood of the city (and those who flock there), and Jazz Fest 2006 jumpstarted her heart and began the long, slow, still ongoing recovery of New Orleans. All you needed to do was step foot on the Fairgrounds that spring to know it was happening. The smell of crawfish Monica wafting in the air and the sound of The Boss singing, "We Shall Overcome" to hordes of weeping, dancing masses was enough to make us believe again. (Kayceman)

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Daft Punk | 04/29/06
Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival | Indio, CA

Photo of Daft Punk at Coachella 2006 by Casey Flanigan
Daft Punk built a pyramid of lights and broke down walls. Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo were hardly the first act to blur genre lines, but what they did at Coachella in 2006, their first U.S. appearance since 1997, shattered the boundaries of electronica. Transformed into robots and perched inside a 40-foot shape-shifting LED covered pyramid, the French duo manipulated the crowd's movements (serious dance party) and emotions (laughter and tears were both common) with brilliant super anthems like "Around The World," "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger" and "One More Time." It was pop music, but smart, funny and designed to make you think as well as move. It brought elements from the dance world into stadium rock and the over-the-top production felt like a Broadway play from the distant future. And the fact that two guys not playing any traditional instruments could be this completely captivating was revolutionary. When that pyramid touched down in Indio, all of a sudden music made by machines was for everyone. Rockers pumped their fists, hip hop enthusiasts bounced, teenage girls screamed, doubters instantly became believers and everyone was blown away by the most elaborate, intricate and arguably greatest light show ever put together. It was a life-affirming experience that brought every person to the table, and no one has come close to duplicating it since. (Kayceman)

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Radiohead | 06/17/06
Bonnaroo Music Festival | Manchester, TN

Photo of Radiohead's Thom Yorke on 06/17/06 at Bonnaroo by Dave Vann
Few bands are more un-hippy than Radiohead, so their Saturday night headlining slot at Bonnaroo '06 signaled a sharp turn towards modernity for the festival. It was hardly the first time these Glastonbury vets had played for mud flecked, long haired masses, but there's something resolutely non-jammy about Radiohead and attendees were pretty evenly split between those thrilled to have arguably the greatest rock band in the world serenade them and those who genuinely thought they were a duck out of water at the 'Roo. However, once they started playing their hyper-alive sound and permeating depth swiftly gathered up the packed crowd. A young, dreadlocked, peasant skirt wearing String Cheese fan told us before the show that she'd never heard a note by Radiohead but was curious based on their rep. A few songs in, having been splendidly tousled by "There There," "2+2=5" and a pre-In Rainbows "15 Step," she bellowed from the back of the huge field, "I like your music!" It was a succinct, heartfelt exclamation and serves to illustrate how intensely moving Radiohead's music can be. And the band appeared to be just as smitten with the Bonnaroo audience, with frontman Thom Yorke giving as good as he got in a glow stick war and shimmying like a jellyfish that'd just been hit with a car battery. The first encore was almost a second set with eight songs, including a blistering early "Bodysnatchers," and the second encore delivered us to the celestial plateau of "Everything In Its Right Place."

Afterwards, Yorke told BBC Radio, "We did this festival called Bonnaroo. We did 2.5 hours. And there's 80,000 people, admittedly they've been smoking the sticky green all day - probably wouldn't go anywhere anyway. It was just amazing. We played loads of new stuff. We did whole sections of quiet piano songs and it sounds like the most grotesque, self-indulgent nonsense, but it probably is my favourite gig for years and years and years." (Dennis Cook)

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My Morning Jacket | 12/31/06
The Fillmore | San Francisco, CA

Photo of My Morning Jacket on 12/31/06 at The Fillmore by Dave Vann
There have been many epic My Morning Jacket shows over the past decade - their "coming-of-age" afternoon set in the rain of Bonnaroo 2004; their marathon late night set there four years later; the hometown party in Louisville at Waterfront Park in August 2008; and the huge NYE gig a few months later at Madison Square Garden. Any of these concerts could have made our list, but it was MMJ's New Year's Eve 2006 run at The Fillmore that takes the cake. The band was experiencing huge growth, both musically and in terms of ticket sales and would soon be dubbed "America's best live band" by Rolling Stone, LA Weekly and many JamBase writers to name a few. This show put them on one of the most famous stages in the world on the biggest night of them all and they killed it.

The three-night extravaganza culminated in a sprawling NYE celebration that included an ambitious theatrical element inspired by the old video game The Oregon Trail. The mood was built upon a "Donner Party meets Little House On The Prairie" theme with the band dressed as settlers and native Americans, and the spirits came to life with a number of well executed skits that eventually found bassist Two-Tone Tommy coming back from the dead and killing his bandmates in retribution for eating him earlier in the show (food was scarce on the trail). And that was just the backdrop for a night of extremely well played classic Jacket tracks mixed with rare nuggets and a slew of covers including AC/DC's "Highway to Hell," Kool & The Gang's "Celebration," Lionel Richie's "All Night Long," Wham's "Careless Whisper" and Prince's "I Could Never Take The Place Of Your Man." The show was an instant classic. But like most of the bands that really stick with us, a Jacket concert is more than just a rock show. It's big, heady stuff and has the ability to open us up and help us feel and connect. It's an experience, and on NYE 2006 My Morning Jacket seized the moment and created something special. What The Fillmore run announced was a world class band with ambitions beyond just performing their songs well. (Kayceman)

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joxley1 starstarstarstarstar Thu 12/31/2009 06:12PM
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Happy 2010 to Jambase. This article is maybe the best thing I've ever seen on this site. The intro was particularly well written (imho). Cheesecake!

lovejahlive Thu 12/31/2009 06:38PM
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lovejahlive

Nice List!!(much discussion to follow...) Happy New Year!

mattguff9 Thu 12/31/2009 08:49PM
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mattguff9

quite the nastalgic list. My first Phish show was 2 weeks before the Big Cypress run. Greatest experience of my life.

I saw the 4/20 Panic show in Raleigh 8 days before the above Alabama show. Houser spoke to me through his guitar and his soul still resonates through mine. I think you could call any show in that last little Panic run, a top show, and life affirming. I will never forget it. RIP Michael.

And I hope to see MMJ on the best shows of the '10's in 2020 as I think their best creation is in front of them.

Dobbers starstarstarstar Fri 1/1/2010 02:09AM
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Dobbers

Indeed, this was a great article and I hate to be the first guy who pulls a 'what about' but who wasn't at roo '04... the last GREAT year top to bottom, noon to sunrise? Then again, three roos on one list would probably be overkill, the radiohead '06 was certainly epic.

bloggersrlosers starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/1/2010 05:50AM
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bloggersrlosers

Its usually all jambands all the time for me as far as live shows go, but i honestly wont ever forget Radiohead at bonnaroo... its all downhill after that shit

bravelungs starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/1/2010 06:03AM
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bravelungs

I was at roo 06 and while it was a great show this year was better! phish on friday night opening with chalk dust still gives me chills probly my fav show of the decade!!!

uakari starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/1/2010 07:50AM
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uakari

Great List, BIG CYPRESS kids!!! at least I made it th eone of the top ten!, Great Cypress write-up Andy, I never knew this grew out of your Phish page. Makes sense though. I give you Jambase Mad props for the positive vibee you give to the scene!

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2010!!!!!!!!!!!

buddhistprodigy starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/1/2010 09:38AM
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Trips down memory lane are always nice. Word. Life.

smylinphool starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/1/2010 09:41AM
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Great list!! Happily, I was at 5 of them. Incredible memories with incredible friends and family!!!

gwileg126 starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/1/2010 12:53PM
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great article. i wont throw in what i think does/doesnt belong on there. just love the article.

tourfan starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/1/2010 03:06PM
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Well written list and well written article. I have no doubts about the choices made here, but for me personally, My Morning Jacket at Radio City Hall is more important that the NYE in MSG. I had scene the band a few times before that, but will never forget the awe of the band on stage - "Aretha Fucking Franklin, man." - Jim James. Thanks for compiling the list KC and all. Love the site, keep up the good work.

mojo8x Fri 1/1/2010 04:33PM
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Wow what a great list! I was able to make it to 3.....Big Cypress & The Bonnaroos

Andrew Bruss starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/1/2010 05:49PM
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rainydayman starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/1/2010 08:59PM
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rainydayman

sweet

Ilikephish531 starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/1/2010 09:10PM
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Ilikephish531

wow. that daft punk show looks like one hell of a party.

Flat5 Fri 1/1/2010 09:29PM
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Flat5

Great writing! very great stuff! fuck yeah!

Flat5 Fri 1/1/2010 09:31PM
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Flat5

I'd have to add the gospel tent first year bonnaroo on sunday. Blind Boys an Lee Boys...so amazing!

BlueGuyDrewGuy starstarstarstarstar Fri 1/1/2010 10:08PM
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This article is incredible i must say.. The shows picked seem quite bomb, but can i not say that what decade it's in i do not kno but Lotus and MSTRKRFT at the electric factory philly NYE 2010 was a complete facemelter for all in attendance

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Great article. If I could add one show to it then it would be the moe. Tsunami benefit show in '05 with Medeski, Sam Bush, Trey, etc.

gotti3 Sat 1/2/2010 03:36PM
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After watching that video of trey at Bonnaroo 02 i just remember how messed up he really was. I consider it a sub par show but definitely important show of the decade

magilladan starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/2/2010 04:12PM
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Great job considering how hard it is to put a proper list like this together. Was at Big Cypress, been to every Bonnaroo and was at the MMJ NYE show at the Fillmore, all deserving choices.

ssamkram starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/2/2010 04:16PM
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Very nice article. Thank you!

MySwt1 starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/2/2010 06:07PM
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wonderful article, and nice trip down memory lane. can't believe it's already been 10 years since big cypress!! wow, what an amazing moment in time!! great job, guys!

dannhel Sun 1/3/2010 09:53AM
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Other Ones Reunion at Alpine Valley would get my vote!

RealxGuy Sun 1/3/2010 11:22AM
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so many left out...i dig the list, agree with most, but not with radiohead, i mean i love radiohead, but i dont consider that one of the MOST important shows of the decade. pink floyd reunion wasnt more important??? common....

RealxGuy Sun 1/3/2010 11:25AM
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p.s. when i was in bonnorro in 02' i remember half the crowd leaving for trey, i thought it was terrible, but the rest of the weekend was great

SuperFish Sun 1/3/2010 12:28PM
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I agree with Relaxguy, trey at roo '02 was kind of a mess. he was totally ef'd up. But the list is nice all in all.

cra00512 Sun 1/3/2010 01:50PM
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my morning jacket? really?

PanicStream Sun 1/3/2010 03:13PM
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spikenyc starstarstarstar Sun 1/3/2010 03:19PM
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Some nice choices. But I can't believe they left the Led Zep reunion show off the list.

bloggersrlosers Sun 1/3/2010 04:03PM
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Pink Floyd has to be on there over MMJ and even Zeppelin cuz it was televised. Radiohead at bonnaroo was the BEST concert of the decade from the BEST band of the decade at what was the BEST festival of the decade. Thats why they are on there

drow229 starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/3/2010 06:35PM
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i think the reason that led zep or pink floyd are left off of this list is due to the fact that it did not have any further reaching significance other than the actual event, (which admittedly were absolutely amazing). I think the purpose of this article was to outline the ten most important and consequential concerts of the decade, those that had far-reaching consequences and important, e.g bonnaroo leading the way to more festivals, widespread panic's ability to continue to create fantastic music despite losing a key member of the band, etc.

bsclowds starstarstarstarstar Sun 1/3/2010 09:54PM
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Outstanding work JamBase. Thanks for all you do. Kind of interesting that there isn't anything after 2006. I wonder when the next 'most important' concert will be?

TheDoLaB starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/4/2010 01:48AM
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Great article! You guys need to come to a show/event/festival created by THE DO LAB! For us, it's all about the EXPERIENCE and the music! http://thedolab.com

Nasty Nate star Mon 1/4/2010 06:02AM
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ALLMAN BROTHERs 40th Anniversay Beacon run..........????

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being a true panic kid, i have to add 7-2-2002, michael housers final live performance and new years eve 2001, the brute. set with vic chesnutt. both were monumental shows i was at this decade. also, panic playing with the almann bros for their 40th anniv tour.

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my 2 cents on important shows...

Jerry Garcia Tribute - Gathering of the Vibes 2005

Phil Lesh & Friends - Mountain Jam 2007

Dylan & the Dead tour - 2003

Black Crowes, Trey, NMAS - Madison Sq. Garden 12/31/05

Umphrey's McGee - All Good 2009

surlybuf Mon 1/4/2010 01:55PM
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One problem with these lists is that the biggest concerts usually win out. I went to the moe. or Les fest in WV with only about maybe 3000 - 4000 others. That show even in the pouring rain was one of the best I'd seen. Big Summer Classic at Red rocks was unbelievable. Tom Waits in Jacksonville was amazing. Spring Fling with the Recipe was the first time I heard a band start a song on the first night and finish it on the second. An afternoon set with JFJO in MN blew me away. Another problem with many lists is that it will never be the personalized lists that all of us could do ourselves. By the way, I liked the first Dylan tour with Willy better than Dylan with the Dead. Also, I still don't understand the great appeal of Radio Head. The String Cheese and moe. and MMW Langerado's were fantastic as well.

gmoo Mon 1/4/2010 02:25PM
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jazzfester starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/5/2010 08:21AM
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This is a great list. It brought back plenty of memories.

Thank you for including the 2006 Jazz Fest. The sense of community was amazing. We were all blessed to cross the track on the hallowed grounds even if the smell of flood water remained. Marcia Ball's version of Louisiana 1927 left even the strongest in tears that we all cried together.

Pray4Rain starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/5/2010 09:24AM
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Great list. To this day, every time I watch or listen to the Panic version of Tall Boy -> Testify with Mikey at bonnaroo 02, I get the goosebumps. Amazing how powerful the song is, on both sides of the spectrum (sad and still uplifiting). Such an amazing musical moment.

sallgoodman star Tue 1/5/2010 01:11PM
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There are only two events that stand out to me in this last decade:

Led Zeppelin's O2 show and the Allman's 40th Anniversay Shows at the Beacon. I was at both of these events (not shows) got to 2 of the Beacon shows with Clapton and the LZ thing was beyond description, the rest is just fodder to this grizled old rocker that still attends over twenty dates a year. By the way I was three of the 10 you mention and I wouldn't put any into the same category - sorry!

mommajules starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/5/2010 03:36PM
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ummmmmmmmm.. what about Summer Getaway show: July 31, 2003, Atlanta, GA???

double freaking rainbow at end of 1st set!!!!!!!!!!! and robert hunter gave us Box of Rain, as we all held each other, not as strangers, not as lost tribesmen, just held on to family.Yea, Joan was a lil diff, but she brought Pigpen's sexy swagger back as she slinked across the staged. but it did get a lil weird when the Red Rocker Sammy Hagar came out with Loose Lucy.....a bit hammy....... :)

michael azar starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/5/2010 03:41PM
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I know it has already been said, but damn Trey looked (and sounded) like a MESS in that 'Roo video. Glad he's (hopefully) clean again.

rastarusty Wed 1/6/2010 02:18PM
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Amazed that the floyd reunion wasn't good enough for a spot in this

JUNKIZL starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/6/2010 04:43PM
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I wasn't a Radiohead fan until i was blown away by them at the Roo in 06. That shit was amazing. Idiotech was off the chain, and Karma Poice was the ish. Fan for life now. Wans't a huge phan off Phish until the roo this year. After that I bought tickets to fest 8, and new years Miami. Safe to say I'm a Phan now. Those two shows are a toss up for me. I think I have to go with Phish though. As a newb as you would call me, there's just something awesome about figuring out what Phish is about. Phish is not just a band, they are a entity, a scene, a culture. They're HUGE, but yet still fly under the mainstream radar. Radiohead is an awesome band but they don't bring everything to the table that Phish does. So my vote goes to Phish. Friday night was sick! I didn't know they covered day in the life, and as a huge Beatles fan it was the perfect ending to an mind blowing, eye opening show. And for all the Roo haters out there....get a life. The roo is still the shit. They haven't let us down yet. People are always skeptical of who they bring, then they blow everybody away. Case in point....Radiohead. People were skeptical of them. Bruce was awesome last year. Metallica killed it. Ok..Kanye fucked up. But that had the potential to be an amazing show had the time not gotten all fucked up. So LONG LIVE THE ROO! Gonna check out Rothbury this year too though. That looks awesome. I'm sure it is. That's the thing, it doesn't have to be about the best fest, why can't it be about a bunch of great fests? Stop being haters and support the music. All these fests have brought back the spirit of live music and this is an awesome time. Everybody enjoy it. Oh yeah, going to Burning Man too this year. You hippies need to check that shit out. Peace all, see ya at the show!

Krazy_cat_peekin Wed 1/6/2010 07:35PM
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I can't believe Rothbury 09' didn't make the cut! I just can't get over seeing SCI and their amazing ball jam during Desert Dawn and The Dead, on the 4th of July, Playing U.S. Blues with a firework display. Umphrey's was absolutely mindblowing, not to mention The Black Crowes and the plethora of electronic music (STS9, Pretty Lights, Girltalk, etc.) I love the list but I think It needs one more! Peace, Love, and Music! Keep On Listenin!!!

adambostonfan starstarstarstarstar Wed 1/6/2010 09:59PM
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I think the DMB show in LA the day Leroi Moore died was a big deal. Great article & great list!

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bonscott Thu 1/7/2010 09:14AM
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How about the Black Crowes Reunion @ Hammerstein Run? EPIC

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I have to say, this is a solid list, especially seeing as it's a jam site. While I would kick Radiohead off (as they have not put out a good record since the 1990's), the one "concert" I would have liked to see added would be any of the four Coheed and Cambria "Neverender" runs. I was lucky enough to see the run here in Hollywood and it was life changing. The band played all four of their complex and epic records start to finish over four nights. Add in a special acoustic set on the last day, and well it was basically porn for Coheed fans!

vega420 Thu 1/7/2010 04:28PM
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Really good list for the most part. Most important shows of the decade is such a subjective term. The most glaring omission for me has to be moe. and friends in NY for the Tsunami benefit with Sam Bush, Trey, and Greg Medeski. Not only was it one of the best musical delights of the decade, but it raised tons of money for people in desperate need of some help. Great list--but Jambase, you dropped the ball not including this one.

OaksterDan starstarstarstar Fri 1/8/2010 01:06AM
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The Grateful Dead reunion at Alpine Valley should have made the list. I traveled from Massachusett to the event and was turned away at Bong state park where I was planning on camping. Apparently I wasn't the only deadhead who wanted to camp there. So I and many others found our way to a private campground about an hour from Apine Valley. The night before the first show at the campground about 40 people gathered around a campfire and discussed how far we had all traveled to get to these shows and of course the party went til dawn. In a 7 week stretch in 2002 I went to Bonnaroo (TN), Gathering of the Vibes (NY) & Grateful Dead Reunion (WI). That summer I fell in love with the music festival. Since then High Sierra (2), Las Tortugas (2), Green Apple & Outside Lands. Great decade of music for sure!

keithhall2112 starstarstar Fri 1/8/2010 04:12PM
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Garage à Trois, December 2007, d.b.a. New Orleans

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ya blew it, buddy, ya blew it. rothbury 09 is a no brainer, and how could you leave off the past 3 years? and neverender was epic

Jack Straw Berry Sat 1/9/2010 09:03AM
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MMJ at the Fillmore on NYE = EPIC!

Sobedellic Sat 1/9/2010 03:40PM
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BIG PHAUCKIN CYPRESS= NO CONTEST!

spwal starstarstarstarstar Sat 1/9/2010 06:54PM
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Great article. Thank you. Quality work!

Atacka Sun 1/10/2010 09:43PM
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Panic 12/31/2009 deserves a heavy nod. Jimmy found their thing.

theterriblebob Sun 1/10/2010 09:54PM
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important show=coventry. terrible music but it showed fans would hike ~20 miles with case of GLASS bottles of beer on their back and broken flip flops to see a farewell performance...

theterriblebob Sun 1/10/2010 09:58PM
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VEGOOSE???!!!!????? the last one sucked but the first two, with after shows! best time oF my life NO QUESTION.

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Pretty good list; I would have to take exception to some of it, but I guess that is the point of these lists. For instance, "From the Big Apple to the Big Easy" show at MSG has to be in there somewhere.

hookahg starstarstar Mon 1/11/2010 06:29PM
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MMJ IS #1????? I THINK NOT.....

tb Mon 1/11/2010 07:46PM
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2001: A PHIL ODYSSEY

tommont starstarstarstarstar Mon 1/11/2010 11:40PM
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wonderful piece and i'm jealous of y'all who made any of these.

for me: any/all HARDLY STRICTLY BLUEGRASS in sf (i've been every year but have had to miss a few days here n there incl Willie)

COMES A TIME - Jerry Garcia Tribute at the Greek

ACL w/ ween, flaming lips, NEW ORLEANS SOCIAL CLUB, galactic, willie, damian jr gong marley, the black angels, thievery corporation, benevento-russo duo, new monsoon & much more (caught parts of or whole sets of 70+ bands in 3 daze!)(06)

bumbershoot w/ GBA, Barrington Levy, Steve Earle, The Gourds, Apples in Stereo, Wu-Tang Clan, Smoosh, DeVotchKa, Loop! Station, Lyrics Born, Honeycut (i really like Bart Davenport, this was a great group while it lasted)

Last year NOJ&HF (this list had no Jazz Fest?) - The Meter Men!!Neil, Emmy, Toussaint, Chuck Brown, Miles Tribute band w Jimmy Cobb, Scofield & Piety St Band w George, The Genius of Sidney Bechet, Wilds Mags w/ Bo Dollis, Ensemble Fatien w Seguenon Kone!(my fav set of the 4 daze even over my beloved Zig, Geo. and Leo!) Ori Danse Club of Benin!Crocodile Gumboot Dancers of South Africa!(wow)

i could name a few others. remember that this is really Jambase's Most Important Shows of the Decade. i listen to lots of jazz, 'world', grass, country, songwriter etc but i do love the JAM! one of my fav developments in the 'base over the last 5-7 years is it branching out from jam a little to all sorts of music...a huge step forward for the site in my eyes. ymmv, some are still upset about that change. Thanks for the article, gang, and keep em coming! hippie gnu year 2 u all...

claypoolsclam starstar Tue 1/12/2010 08:25AM
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AikoBearzly trey was high or should i say down on pharmies and was definitely not feeling the "Enhancing" effects on a strict medicinal plant or the property of a plant. He looked at mess was twitching had poor muscle control and sounded like a heroin addict with the start of brain damage. I would know i've been friends with them. His choice was high potency opiates made by a conglomerate pharmaceutical corporation. Maybe plants that have been fucked with and chemicalized by humanity are okay in your book? hey, thats a whole other story altogether. I used to think your way when i was heavily addicted to hard drugs and couldn't stop lying to myself or my friends and family. I still enjoy all natural plants and fungi but if we all held a view such as yours we would all be loser junkies. We lost Jerry too hard drugs and poor health why encourage younger people to follow in his footsteps wouldn't you rather the next person who reaches that ethereal plane stay away from the heroin. Even trey would agree with kicking that shit, he had to otherwise your beloved Phish would've ended on a fucking bathroom floor asphyxiated on its own vomit. Almost all the musicians who get addicted to that stuff may produce profound music but all say that the drug is a self-medication to cope with the stress of touring, celebrity, expectations of fans and fame. Even a half intelligent person has to be able to admit when they are making poor decisions and make changes that are better for themselves, family, and friends. Maybe you have cut all ties to these things, as I was once did and are using drugs to see things beyond the "normal." But fuck buddy most of the world lives in the "normal" and you live on this planet with them try. AikoBearzly gain a little perspective on the party and you can still have all the fun you want with out poisoning yourself and the poor families forced at gunpoint to produce the raw materials required so you can see beyond the "normal." EDUCATE YOURSELF MOTHERFUCKER THAT IS THE BEST WAY TO FIGHT THE GOVERNMENT! THEY WANT YOU TO BE A DRUG ADDICTED BUM! HOW ELSE BETTER THAN TO CONTROL YOU AND YOUR ACTIONS? WHO DO YOU THINK IMPORTS THIS STUFF IT AND SUPPORTING THE GOVERNMENTS WHO ALLOW ITS PRODUCTION. BUY LOCALLY GROWN PLANTS!

FunkLizard Wed 1/13/2010 03:35PM
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Wow... that list was fucking beat.....

maddmax9 Thu 1/14/2010 11:52AM
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I made it to one! Thank you for including that Daft Punk show on the list, it was truly incredible, compounded by the fact that I was one of the non-believers until that night. Holy jesus, that really changed everything.

I like how a lot of the shows carried some sort of historical significance. The 06 Jazzfest and the Concert for New York were classy picks. Not a phishhead, but appreciated the Big Cypress nod as well.

I would have also thrown in my votes for the Rage Against the Machine Reunion in 2007, the Washington Inauguration Concert in 2008, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 25th Anniversary Concert in 2009 as also holding some worthy historical weight to them that might have transcended other shows on the list.

Glad I made one of them, though. Bonnaroo continues to rock my world as well.

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rothbury 09.. greatest festival ever, best line up ever.. pure magic.. ya blew it, buddy, ya blew it.

jschall420 starstarstarstar Mon 1/18/2010 11:39PM
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I'm surprised that Trey's set at Rothbury 07 or Cheese's set at Rothbury 09 wasn't on the list

tnhippies starstarstarstarstar Tue 1/19/2010 02:37PM
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Can't believe you guys didn't cover the String Cheese Incident performance at Rothbury 2009! I've been going to festivals since the 70's & that was probably my all-time favorite festy show ever! Cirque Soleil acrobats, fire dancers, flaming lanterns rising up into the summer sky, the biggest squishiest balls ever released into the crowd & the most smokin' non-stop show I saw all summer! I'm a String Cheese fan for life now!

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I enjoyed reading this list and understand it is a huge task to take on. . . but must add the following input. Comes a Time Show was kinda big at the time it happened, it was a cool tribute and a great colllection of artists. moe.down! the original first time moe.down the fest has endured the entire decade and consistantly kicks ass, that first one though LES and moe. then Fathead's set, the sat night meat with violin? ANI, Grisman??? not to mention the very strong performances at the beer tent ULU! Then there was the last show at the wetlands, no one knew it was the last show (due to 9-11), but check out the DJ Logic set from the sept night and the insane guests, wow! it was like stanley clark, warren haynes, vernon reid and more. Then look at the line up for Dylan and the Dead in Joliette (too bad this never completely happened due to a storm, I traveled from NYC to see. . . moe. Robert Hunter, Dylan and the Dead. Other important shows were, The Jammys were always cool, maybe the one with Buddy Guy. . . or Zappa plays Zappa. so many great shows !!! (seriously check logis at wetlands 9-10-01) How bout the tibet shows at carnagie, patti smith! the list was a bit phishy, but good

prusthegoose starstarstarstar Wed 1/27/2010 12:34PM
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great story, especially the intro. i felt like some epic shows deserve honorable mentions. The Langerado and Rothbury music festivals are most noticeably absent. Anybody hear of a tiny party in Miami called Ultra? but actually my favorite show of the decade was Moe.'s governor's island show on Father's day 08. its tough to imagine just having to chose 10 shows from a decade... im really impressed with you guys.

struby420 starstarstarstar Mon 2/1/2010 09:24AM
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Radiohead in Golden Gate Park for Outside Lands 2008 felt like a pretty important show to me. But psychedelics will do that to ya, haha, impose the sense that you're experiencing something grandiose. Anyone who was there that night knows what I mean though. From Thom Yorke's off-putting comments of the people running the sound board, to the craazy background lights, to the fog rolling in off the Pacific, encapsulating 80,000+ in the Polo Grounds, it was badass. The single most emotionally/psychologically enthralling show I've ever been too (seen and loved Phish), and there is little doubt that when things are said and done, Radiohead is the epochal band of the late 90s-00s, along with Phish, and is even bigger than Phish in a few ways.

Other BADASS shows: Les Claypool at 09 Waka, STS9 at the Congress in Chicago (Soundtribe haters can suck it, this show brought the heat, and I will defend that statement until the day I die)

freeker5 starstarstarstar Fri 2/5/2010 01:23PM
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that was quite the list but like others said is very subjective. I think they did a pretty good job but where was String cheese's good-bye show or their comeback Rothbury show. I think alot of people would agree with me on that one and how come there was nothing after 2006. What?, are you telling me there has been no monumental shows since then. I could come up with a few. Like already mentioned, The Dead Family Reunion at Alpine Valley was not on the list...ARE YOU KIDDING ME?!?!?!?!

FloridaJam Tue 2/9/2010 06:07AM
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If you were at big cypress, then you know why it was the greatest concert EVER. Not best of the decade. BEST EVER. nuff said.

hanalala Fri 2/19/2010 02:16PM
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Massive FAIL. Hello?!?! THE FLAMING LIPS!!! No-Brainer.

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LAS VEGAS 2010

RUSH at the MGM Grand Garden;followed by PRIMUS at The Joint

The was most epic night of music this decade period, if you where there , you now. PEZ anyone? dylan? doug?

chooglin starstarstar Tue 4/29/2014 11:23AM
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good attempt at creating a 'best of' list