2022 might have been a transition year: we aren’t really post-pandemic, the pandemic threat is not really there anymore but the future is still uncertain – look at what’s going on in China! Do we even know what’s happening over there? The future is undetermined but 2022 was nevertheless a happy year for concerts. It was the year when we really went back to shows, with masks, without masks, and with masks again, with a vaccination card, without a vaccination card… It was a bit confusing.
In 2022, I managed to see quite a list of remarkable artists. I didn’t go to as many shows as I used to pre-pandemic, but it was more a matter of quality over quantity this year. I had the chance to see a few legends: Björk, Paul Simon, Paul McCartney, Grace Jones, Roxy Music, Thom Yorke (The Smile)… some of them may not tour again anytime soon: Paul Simon has retired, it was Roxy Music’s 50th anniversary/reunion tour and Grace Jones is quite the rare performer.
I also attended a few festivals: Cruel World (with Morrissey), Just Like Heaven (with Interpol), Palomino festival (country music), and Beachlife Ranch festival. I also caught some of my favorite artists, not once but twice! I am talking about Father John Misty, Nick Cave, Weyes Blood, and Orville Peck (I actually saw Orville three times as he was also part of the Palomino festival). I discovered new artists (to me) like Genesis Owusu, Caamp, and Haru Nemuri, and went to a record number of shows fronted by fierce females: Amyl and the Sniffers, Peaches, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Jehnny Beth, Mannequin Pussy, and I would, of course, put Haru Nemuri in this category too.
Sharon Van Etten and Angel Olsen at the Greek were a memorable duo, and the Flaming Lips were a lot of fun as usual. 2022 was not a bad year at all. Here are the best concerts I have attended this year:
Has Brit rock ever been worse?
essence de 2023
A very percussive song
the mixes his producer Daniel Lanois didn’t like
her best since “Milionària”
dip yourself deep in sonic hellaciousness and disquiet
Creem – America’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll Magazine, Reviewed Issue By Issue – December 1982 (Volume 14, Number 7)
“If you’re black you have to play a certain type of music”
“I can’t think of a better way to spend my 90th birthday”
What better gift for a Baby Boomer loved one?
caught the world’s attention