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article imageOp-Ed: Top 10 rock bands to see live in concert in 2014

By Markos Papadatos     Aug 24, 2014 in Music
The summer of 2014 is coming to a close and was afforded to privilege to review many great concerts in New York. Here are my Top 10 favorite rock bands that I saw live, arranged in no particular order.
Aerosmith: Rock and Roll Hall of Famers Aerosmith played at the Nikon at Jones Beach Theater and they put on a top-notch rock show. These five talented musicians were superb and they brought down the house, while introducing their music to a younger generation of fans. They soared on "Sweet Emotion," "Cryin'" and "I Don't Want to Miss a Thing," among other hits.
Rock band Aerosmith
Rock band Aerosmith
Ross Halfin
Def Leppard: English rock band Def Leppard were sensational at Jones Beach Theater in Long Island, New York. Lead singer Joe Elliott nailed the high notes on the power-ballad "Love Bites," "Hysteria" was infectious, and "Pour Some Sugar on Me" was a crowd favorite. These guys were able to rock out.
Rock band Def Leppard
Rock band Def Leppard
Courtesy of Def Leppard
Kiss: Kiss managed to give New York an unforgettable rock and roll concert at Jones Beach, New York, and they succeeded. They had the crowd on their feet for the duration of their entire set. Even the younger kids in the audience were singing along to their music, and a lot of fans were dressed in their face paintings, as well as their flamboyant and campy outfits.It consisted of a lot of theatrics, pyrotechnics, canyons, shooting rockets and confetti throughout their production, which resonated well with the Long Island crowd.
Hard rock band Kiss
Hard rock band Kiss
Brian Lowe
Linkin Park: The best way that a Linkin Park live show could be described is electrifying. At Jones Beach, they played their new music from their latest album The Hunting Party, and they soared on their hit singles "In the End," "Castle of Glass" and "Numb." It is no wonder that they are the most-liked band on Facebook.
Rock band Linkin Park
Rock band Linkin Park
Brandon Cox
Marshall Tucker Band: The Marshall Tucker Band exhibited a great deal of passion as they sang their southern rock classics "Can't You See," "Heard It In a Love Song," "Fire on the Mountain," "Take the Highway" and "This Ol' Cowboy," when they played at Empire City Casino at Yonkers Raceway. They were absolutely stunning.
The Marshall Tucker Band tour bus
The Marshall Tucker Band tour bus
Queen featuring Adam Lambert: Adam Lambert paid homage to the late Freddie Mercury while performing with the iconic rock band Queen at Madison Square Garden in New York City. He belted out the high notes, and proved to be a true force to be reckoned with. He had big shoes to fill, but Lambert did his absolute best. He had great stage presence as did guitar master Brian May and Roger Taylor, who impressed on drums. Their versions of "We Are The Champions," "Bohemian Rhapsody" and "We Will Rock You" were stellar.
Grammy-nominated pop star Adam Lambert
Grammy-nominated pop star Adam Lambert
Lee Cherry
REO Speedwagon: REO Speedwagon put on a fabulous live show at Jones Beach Theater. Their songs had a great deal of sentimental value to the crowd, which is no wonder that their songs are still played on adult contemporary radio stations to this day. "Can't Fight This Feeling" was flawless, as was "Take It On The Run" and they returned for a grand finale of "Keep On Loving You," where they were joined by the band members of the iconic group Chicago.
Rock group REO Speedwagon
Rock group REO Speedwagon
Randee St. Nicholas
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators: Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators were best group to warm up the stage for Aerosmith at Jones Beach. They showcased a tremendous amount of talent as musicians and performers. Vocally, Myles Kennedy was is in a league of his own, and he proved tonight that he is one power-house rocker. Slash nailed the lead guitar, and Kennedy's version of "Sweet Child O' Mine" was vocal perfection.
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
Slash featuring Myles Kennedy and The Conspirators
Travis Shinn
The Script: Contemporary rock band The Script were amazing at Jones Beach. Danny O'Donoghue was not afraid to take risks: he nailed the vocals and keyboards, meanwhile his band-mates soared on their instrumentals. They put on a high-energy show, and he went into the crowd multiple times and had they engaged the entire evening. Stand-out vocals were "For the First Time," "Breakeven," "Nothing" and "Hall of Fame."
Rock band The Script
Rock band The Script
Courtesy of Columbia Records
Thirty Seconds to Mars: Jared Leto and his rock band, Thirty Seconds to Mars, were exceptional at Jones Beach. Leto soared on the vocals on "City of Angels," "Do or Die" and "End of All Days," and he even did a brief yet neat acoustic segment as his encore, proving that he has some serious pipes. The beach balls and confetti were a great addition to his set.
Rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars
Rock band Thirty Seconds to Mars
Courtesy of Jared Leto
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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