UG Awards: Vote For Best Live Event

What was the best live event of 2012? Whether it was a festival, comeback gig or just a rad underground show, place your nominations here and it might win an award in our end-of-year ceremony.

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As part of our forthcoming UG Awards 2012 post, we're asking readers to vote in a new category each day for a special post over the holidays.

Today's category:

What was the best live event of 2012?

We want you to place a nomination in the comments and upvote the ones you agree with. The one with the highest number of up votes wins the award.


This one is simple: it had to be a live event that took place in 2012. That's it!

Voting tips

- Place ONE nominations per comment, or the upvotes won't count. You can place as many nominations as you want across different comments, though.

- Do a quick search of the page to make sure someone else didn't already nominate that event. Just scroll down to the bottom so all the comments have loaded, then do a search on the page (ctrl-f on a PC, cmd-f on a mac) for its name.

You're welcome to discuss the topic in the comments and reply to nominations, as usual.

Remember to vote in our other award categories too. The list so far:

Band Of The Year

Guitarist Of The Year

Best New Act

Best Comeback

Biggest Drama Of 2012

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    Awesome concert. Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, then Paul McCartney with the surviving members of Nirvana?! And to top it off Roger Waters! All worth watching.
    I agree 100%. One of the best concerts in probably a decade! Great acts and just an amazing cause.
    and as always, the number one live event: THE WALL, just cant be beat
    especially The Wall @ Fenway Park. First time at an outdoor arena, and was one of the biggest walls they ever built
    Black Sabbath at Download 2012, easy.
    Not having Bill Ward there because they all couldn't agree on money issues is quite petty (i'm sure they offered Bill less money than the rest of them got), but still great to see Tony Iommi on stage. So they get my vote!
    Tenacious D also had a ****ing awesome tour. The giant inflatable penis that came confetti. Kones shredding like a mother****ing animal. and just JB and KG in all their glory
    Seems UG removed the best song category, good job downvoters! Anyway, I'll go with "The Wall" too (already voted the first nomination), best show I've ever been to. Out of this world.
    MUSE - The 2nd Law World Tour
    Best night of my life! Muse, live atleast, are still the greatest british rockband today
    Here we go again. Let the downvotes begin with the annoying muse fanboy at the top and continue to the weird metalheads at the bottom.
    I'm a metalhead and I think muse is a great band mate.
    then you would be what I like to call "wrong"
    I hate Muse's music, but I think they're a great band. None of them are the best at what they do, but together they make a great band. You don't have to like something to be able to appreciate it.
    I watched 2 guys do an acoustic version of boys are back in town at the pub, they where pretty good.
    That is the single most annoying song in the world. Perfect amounts of simple, stupid, and cheesy combined into one abomination.
    Motorhead + Anthrax at the same show
    Mayhem....missed it but only bc i didnt want to see an act like Asking Alexandria perform...
    Mayhem was great the mention of slipknot,slayer,anthrax,and motorhead playing at one venue was enough to get me to go and plus the side stage was pretty awsome as wll
    Dinosaur Jr's 25 anniversary show for "you're living all over me" in NY they had special guests like Kim Gordon, Johnny Marr, Frank Black, Dale Crover, Lee Ranaldo, Fred Armisen, and way more.
    I saw GNR in Nashville and they played civil war for the first time in 11 years. That's just me personally though.
    Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band @ Citizens Bank Park, Philly. The man played for 3 hours and 45 minutes straight, his only break was fetching an acoustic guitar for a solo song.
    Soundwave Festival 2012 (Australia) - System of a Down, Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, Steel Panther, A Day to Remember, Bad Religion, Bush, Lamb of God, Alter Bridge and almost 90 other bands all in one day
    Lollapalooza '12: Black Sabbath's only North American performance this year, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Black Keys, and Jack White. other nominations from me include 12/12/12, The Who's Quadrophenia, Red Hot Chili Peppers' I'm With You Tour, and Roger Waters' The Wall, all of which I attended
    oops, I ****ed up; I did NOT attend 12/12/12, I really wish I could have though.
    For me, it was System of a Down with Deftones opening. The two best alternative metal bands out there sharing the stage. My neck hurt for a week afterward.
    Guns N' Roses (Thin Lizzy support) - SECC, Glasgow, 25 May 2012. Say what you want, but EVERYONE there was blown away.
    Radiohead's The King of Limbs Tour. The brought out unreleased songs, unplayed songs, B-sides, and made the King of Limbs even more amazing.
    Primus 3-D Tour was pretty sick. Awesome visuals, 2 sets every night, and different songs played at every show, some that they hadn't played for years. Good stuff!
    Ed Sheeran debuting his amazing new song wish you were here at the olympics closing ceremony. {Regular UG readers will remember a article related to this posted a while ago]
    Metallica's filming at Rogers Arena here in Vancouver. I've never seen so many props and such a huge stage. For the song "ride the lightning" they had a tesla coil shooting lightning on stage...
    Seein Head join Korn again at Carolina Rebellion '12 was pretty damn awesome!
    Seeing as its the only live event I've been to this year, I'd say Metaltown Festival in Gothenburg, June 15-16. Crazy good lineup with bands like Lamb of God, Machine Head, Anthrax, Opeth and Mastodon, and they all put on flawless performances with tons of energy and crowd contact. One of the best music experiences of my life so far.
    Half a year later, it still puts a smile on my face thinking about all the good memories I have from going there. Singing and screaming along with the lyrics, jumping, headbanging... and standing in the front row during the second half of Anthrax's set, locking eyes with Joey Belladonna for a second, and shivering in awe and respect. It's things like that, that you're guaranteed to remember until you die.
    I love how narrow-minded people downvote my comments just because they haven't heard of it... more proof of the prominent douchebaggery among the UG community. So ****ing pathetic.
    They probably weren't the best band to see this year, but I really enjoyed seeing Aerosmith for the first time. Not the best live event, but it was my best live event.