2011 started off with a bang concert-wise in the City of Pittsburgh, the city has seen the likes of Lady Gaga, Elton John, Ke$ha, Snoop Dogg, and Joe Grushecky and the House Rockers perform for music fans. Stage AE's outdoor stage just opened the other night with Social Distortion and has really been a boon to the concert scene in the city. There are plenty more shows coming up.
Social Distortion 5/11
Weird Al Yankovic 5/22
Avett Brothers 5/27
Panic! At the Disco 6/3
The Monkees 6/22
311 and Sublime w/Rome 7/12
Slayer & Rob Zombie 7/23
Motley Crue 7/24
Goo Goo Dolls 7/27
Perfect Circle 8/9
WDVE 4-Pack: Ted Nugent 8/3, Alice Cooper 8/12, ZZ Top 8/19, & Styx 9/1
Taylor Swift 6/18
Peterson Events Center
Katy Perry 6/23
Trib Total Media Amphitheatre aka IC Light Amphitheatre
Elvis Costello 6/16
Wiz Khalifa 8/6
Stone Temple Pilots 8/10
White Snake w/Mr. Big 8/16
The Doobie Brothers 8/18
REO Speedwagon 9/18
Consol Energy Center
New Kids on the Block and Backstreet Boys 6/15
Britney Spears 8/19
Foo Fighters 9/23
First Niagara Pavilion aka Star Lake
Jimmy Buffett 6/21
Kid Rock w/Sheryl Crow 7/6
Vans Warped Tour 7/22
Lil' Wayne 7/23
Def Leopard w/Heart 8/20
Blink 182 & My Chemical Romance 9/15
Meadows Racetrack & Casino
Beach Boys 6/10
Alkaline Trio 8/9
I'm sure there will be a few more that haven't been announced yet. We'll also get some in for the Rib Fest, Arts Festival and Jam on Walnut aka "Shadyside Nights."
Here are some of the best concerts I have seen in Pittsburgh:
Pearl Jam '03 - Civic Arena, saw Pearl Jam twice, they were great both times but I have to go with the 2003 show. Eddie Vedder drank wine straight from the bottle and his commentary was classic. Also got to hear the rarely played "trilogy" and it was in reverse order.
Green Day '01- IC Light Amphitheatre, saw Green Day three times but this was their best show. They tore through their set playing all of the classics. The outdoor venue was perfect for them. Even saw 'Sammy Hagar' hoisting up fans to crowd surf.
Deftones - saw them at least six times, can't pick out my favorite show because they never disappoint. Metropol '10 was the best venue to see them.
AFI '09 - Club Zoo (Metropol), was a little late discovering AFI but this was an excellent show. Sorry I missed their 2000 show at Club Laga. Davey Havok had incredible stage presence
Bruce Springsteen at Mellon Arena 2009 - was never a huge fan but he lived up to all the hype and expectations, really rocked out
Blink 182 '98 - Metropol, Dude Ranch tour was great, it was all down hill from here after this for Blink.
Vans Warped Tour '98 - best lineup of any Warped Tour to date, featured Deftones, Bad Religion, Rancid, NOFX, Cherry Poppin' Daddies and Snapcase at the IC Light Amphitheatre
Honorable Mention: Metallica '04 - Civic Arena, 311 & The Roots - IC Light Amphitheatre '04, Tom Petty '02?
Wish I would have paid more attention to the Black Keys the Arts Festival Concert in 2009, it was probably pretty good considering it was free. Pretty far from stage and talking...oh well. Would love to put Radiohead in here, but had to travel to Cleveland to see them, maybe someday they'll be here.
Going to my first Stage AE show to see Weezer, can't wait to see the new venue. U2 is also coming up at Heinz Field..