2017 was a pretty intense year all around, but there was still time for lots of music. For me personally, it included covering bands that I had never dreamed I'd get to photograph, crossing many entries off from my bucket list of artists to see, and even traveling overseas for several festivals. Choosing the "best" shows from among the numerous ones that I attended and covered for ChunkyGlasses was a daunting task, not least because I'm pretty selective about which shows I'll even do, meaning that I rarely see a bad one. Still, there were several that definitely stood out as being the best of the best. Here are my picks for my top ten shows (and festivals) of this year.
Starting a prog band in 1979 as punk was taking over the music world, at a time when many others in the genre were calling it quits, likely looked like career suicide to many. But 37 years and 18 albums later, it’s clear that Marillion got the last laugh. With an amazingly steady lineup over the years – the band’s membership has remained the same since 1989 when current singer Steve Hogarth took over for original singer Fish – and a large world-wide fanbase, the band’s unlikely career has flourished, thanks in recent years in no small part to internet savvy and groundbreaking efforts in crowdfunding. The band released their latest album, Fuck Everyone and Run (F.E.A.R.) this year, and it continues their trend as one of the greatest prog bands performing today.