Aftermath Extra: The Best Concerts of the Year, Part 5

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King's X, Meridian, August 19: "[dUg] Pinnick's bass was very much the lead instrument, negotiating the distance between the complicated vocal harmonies and searing chainsaw riffs with a low-to-the-ground, almost nonchalant assurance."

Masters of Metal, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, August 23: "Dilettantes contented ourselves with their screaming (for vengeance) renditions of metal mainstays 'Breaking the Law,' 'Electric Eye' and an absolutely insane 'Painkiller,' which closed the main set as [Judas Priest singer Rob] Halford deliberately stalked the main stage like a cross between Merlin and the biggest, baddest gay biker to ever walk the planet."

Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion, August 29: "With the exception of Full Moon Fever's 'A Face in the Crowd' and the deep-blues workouts 'Honeybee' and 'Saving Grace,' every song was an anthem, and the 20,000 or so faces in the crowd - the baby boomers in front of me, the family of four behind me, Cactus Music owner Quinn Bishop and wife Megan next to me ('Our first night out since the baby [son Graham William Bishop, born August 8]'), Rocks Off's brother John and the thousands of people crammed onto the Pavilion's lawn - sang along vociferously."

Eagles, Toyota Center, September 9: "Tuesday's crowd - if Toyota Center wasn't sold out, it wasn't far off - was the epitome of the 'don't get out much' segment of the population, which, those of us who go out for a living tend to forget, is about 95 percent. I think it's safe to say that for a lot of people, this show (which wrapped up around 11:30 p.m.) was as late as they'll stay out all year."

Jana Hunter, Lesser Gonzales Alvarez, Petrol Station, September 17: "I can't imagine there being much activity on the Hands Up Houston message board last night, since most of the principals were there sipping craft beers or homemade wine and swapping storm stories, murmuring to each other about how they were happy to be out, happy to be anywhere." - Chris Gray


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