There is clearly no way to be at every NYE show. Even with a team of talented writers and photographers spread out across this great land, we still couldn't get a piece of every show. What we did get was a blur of photographs and a wash of words, just a glimpse of the glory that went down as 2006 made its debut.

New Year's Eve 2005 by Brett Saul
Some bands packed stadiums, others - small bars. Some were beachfront and basking in the sun, others hit the mountains. New Year's Eve takes on many shapes and sizes, but it always forces one to reflect, even if it's just for a few moments as the clock strikes midnight. NYE is also a chance to catch up with friends and family who we just don't see enough. It's a special time of year, and for those who live their lives as slaves to sound, it's our only real "Holiday" of the year - the only time we know we aren't going to work. In the pages that follow, we go coast-to-coast as we check in with some of the hottest bands in our scene. Of course we didn't hit 'em all, but we got a good taste of those final moments of 2005.

I noticed something else this year too. With each passing NYE, it's that time spent with the closest of friends that is paramount to the experience. Lucky for us, our worlds revolve around live music; for many, it's the backdrop of our existence. I know most of my best memories have something to do with a show. As you look at the pics and words that follow, hopefully we can aid your memory, helping you cement 2005 into your vault as we stride full speed into 2006. We've all got our work cut out for us. I know my desk is already overflowing with music that needs hearing and articles that need writing, but for now, we hope y'all enjoy one last look at the year that was. Good luck from all of us, and Happy New Year everyone.

Oh, and thanks to everyone who participated in our WHAT DID YOU DO FOR NYE? feature; please feel free to continue sharing your thoughts with our "comments" section at the end of this article.


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