2011 Rewind: Concert Tickets From An Alternate Universe

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This originally ran on June 8, but seeing that the year is coming to an end, we are looking back at some of our favorite blogs we gave to you these past 12 months.

One of the best dreams we ever had was of covering a Clash show for Rocks Off. Yeah, dreaming about work isn't something to brag about, but we remember the dream fondly. Hell, we don't even think we tweeted once during the dream, which was a first. The best part about the dream was fighting for a Joe Strummer guitar pick with the dad from Family Ties.

What? It's a dream, and for the record, we kicked Michael Gross' ass.

A few weeks back we found a few concert-ticket generators online and set about making our own: Shows we can't see because people are dead, broken up beyond repair, or just obstinate. The worst part was figuring out who would play where, and assuming that none of them would be relegated to smaller venues. Obviously the Beatles and Bob Dylan would never play low-attendance venues, but you never know how much an artist could go in decline.

Jimi Hendrix could have made plenty of non-fatal drug errors in the '70s and '80s and lost his step and been playing clubs in the Heights, remaining an influential albeit fallen idol. We couldn't think of anyone adequate to open for the Beatles, so you can use your imagination. Marc Bolan and T. Rex could very well be playing the Continental Club tonight instead of Dick Dale.

Man, after he got sick of rap and hip-hop and started acting, most notably as an alien in Men In Black II and his HBO comedy series, Shakur really got into soul. Renditions of "Haily Mary" and "Brenda's Got a Baby" with a raunchy back-up band help his comeback tour sell out most every venue.

On what is the band's third reunion tour since 1983, the Beatles are now seasoned stadium veterans. Each member gets his own solo set with the other backing him, sort of how the Eagles do things now. On this tour they play Let It Be in its entirety, and we spend $60 on one shirt.

The pot smoke was so thick during the joint version of "The Weight" we bought two corn dogs, but it wasn't as bad as the Grateful Dead and Gov't Mule gig at the Woodlands last year. We ate two whole bags of peanuts and couldn't find our car keys, and ended up getting a hotel room next to the pavilion.

Joe Strummer talked to Rocks Off a few weeks before the show and told us his favorite album of the year so far was Hayes Carll's KMAG YOYO. He spoke fondly of playing last year's Summer Fest at Eleanor Tinsley Park on a solo tour.

The grandmother of four puts aside writing children's books and guesting on the occasional Ani DiFranco album to go on tour behind her first disc since 1994's Just Like Monsters. She tells the crowd that though she may be old enough to be Caleb Followill's grandma, she would still jump his bones.

Following his second Rock & Roll Hall of Fame entrance for Taurus Winds, his supergroup with Eric Clapton and Jimmy Page, Hendrix goes on a victory lap around the country with his young backing band, the Rumblers, which includes Red Hot Chili Peppers drummer Chad Smith.

Almost a decade after he sent shockwaves through the tabloids by divorcing Yoko Ono, Lennon goes on his first solo tour away from Ono, playing songs from his new album he recorded with producer Rick Rubin. The self-titled disc details his divorce and finding love again with British popper Lily Allen, who plays keys.

For the 20th anniversary of Nevermind, the band, now featuring full-time members Pat Smear and little-known L.A. session man Jack White, plays the landmark album in its entirety. Rabid fans wish the band would instead play 1996's Farmer's Tan, which for many topped In Utero in terms of sheer volume. Kurt Cobain's physique is also a topic of discussion, as the front man is now in chiseled form, a far cry from his emaciated '90s look.

Queen front man Freddie Mercury, who is now sporting flowing gray locks and is a practicing vegan, coaxes his former bandmates out for another tour since their 1997 farewell jaunt. He's grown bored of his solo operatic career, and a guest track on the latest Lady Gaga album relights his love of rock and roll.

Lou Reed and John Cale now travel in separate vans and planes, but their live shows are balls of white-hot energy. Their new album, Reyes Front, is panned by Pitchfork as being too indulgent, especially for the children's choir on Cale's tracks.

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