My Top 1 Concerts of 2010 And Our New Contest

I’ve been meaning to get to this for months already, but I saw so many concert last year, it’s been a real challenge putting together a list of all the show I saw.

So here’s my top 1 list of concert I saw in 2010.

1. Grinderman at Metropolis, Montreal, Quebec on Nov 12, 2010

Yep. Nick Cave fronting Grinderman. Grinderman is comprised of members of The Bad Seeds, so it’s basically Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds + beards.

Not only was this the best concert I saw all year (shut up with that joke already, Mike), it was probably the raunchiest and filthiest looking show I’ve seen in years. You know how bands look when they’re in their 20’s, right? All pretty with their shiny long hair and innocence. Try that in your 40’s and 50’s, and your band will probably look like Grinderman as well. Check out the video at the bottom to see Grindermanwith Warren Ellis rocking the Homeless/Hassidic look.

Seriously though, these guys put on a show that easily put a lot of younger bands to shame. Plus, with Nick Cave’s legendary status as songwriter/showman supreme, the audience was simply in awe of him. The man’s stage presence is insane. The audience was rapt. There were moments when he was channeling Jim Morrison. At other points I thought he was just going to explode, leaving us covered in bits of Telecaster, three piece suits and cuff-links.

In this incarnation of Grinderman, the band had 75% beard coverage with Nick dropping 2009’s handlebar mustache for a clean shaven look. When an interviewer asked him about the beards last year, he paraphrased an old Ukrainian Proverb and replied. “A man without a mustache is quite like a woman with one.” Good ole Nick Cave…


Speaking of facial hair, welcome to our new contest! It’s kind of like bingo, but not at all like bingo!

Maybe it was the cold, or maybe it was the influence of the Grinderman show, but sometime in the fall a beard appeared on my face, and it hasn’t gone away since. I thought, why not have a Guess My Beard contest?

Are you ready? Here are the rules and the prizes:

1. Be the first to guess my beard: Win an ad for 1 month!
2. Be the first to guess my beard + which beard is attached to a woman’s face: Win an ad for 2 months!
3. Be the first to guess my beard + which beard is attached to a woman’s face + whose face is it?: Win an ad for 3 months!

Good luck! Contest expires Feb 22, 2011 at midnight.

wookie beard
mystic beard
four day beard
goat beard
beard and a cigarette
salt and pepper beard
shaggy beard
disgusting beard
half shaven beard
dark beard
ridiculous curly beard
santa beard

Now enjoy yourselves some Grinderman while you guess those beards:

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  • Your beard is number seven.*

    Numbah eight is a chick and it is Padma Lakshmi from Top Chef.

    *I did agonize over which beard is yours. I knew the chick right away, it’s your beard that’s stumping me. It’s that whole contest/competitive thing again for me (see the name-that-cheese contest.) If I do not beat Bony Mike again, there’s no telling what I’ll do.

  • I know I’m not supposed to, but can I guess number 12? Just because you’re such a jolly ole soul ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Since I know what you look like I will excuse myself from the contest.
    Also, I don’t like women with beards. Even if it is Padma Lakshmi.

    Oh, and by the way, you have a booger.

  • I don’t need ads, but I still want to play.
    Yours is #7
    The woman is #8 I was going to guess Tyra Banks, but now I know I would have been wrong.

  • I think Mike’s beard is number 3. I think No. 8 is the woman and it’s Angelina Jolie. What’s an ad?

  • Your beard looks like it would probably be No 7, so I will say No 9 – just to be different.
    No 8 is the woman, and I have no idea who it is.

  • I don’t need the ad space, but I’ll play along! Your beard is No. 3. No. 8 is the woman who is Angelina Jolie?? Of course my guess is based purely on the picture of the back of your head I saw awhile back.

  • Your beard is definitely #10. Or #1, I can’t decide which one to vote for, they’re too similar.

  • Yep. It’s really hard to tell the difference between the two of them.

  • You can tell alot about a person by looking at the back of their head.

  • An ad, a button, you know. A promotional spot on our sidebar if you will.

  • How can you be so sure that I’m not #12?

  • Well, so far BonyMike hasn’t played, and if he doesn’t play, he can’t win.

  • Do I? So do you.

  • Promoting what, honey?

  • Your blog, if you win!

  • Anonymous

    About two days ago, I listened to Nick Cave’s murder ballad album for the first time in about three years. It’s great. I’ll be back later to guess your beard. I’m seriously ADD today.

  • #7

  • Rachele

    I’m guessing your beard is #6. I like it best and no one has guessed it yet. A woman? None of them look like a woman and I have no idea who this Padma person is.

  • Okay, I think you’re #6 and the woman is #8, but I haven’t a clue who she may be.

  • Anonymous

    It’s still not midnight here.

    #8 is the woman’s face beard.

    #3 is you.

  • Anonymous

    Oh, and the woman is Evangeline Lilly.

  • I love most of what he’s done. Especially the stuff with Blixa Bargeld.

  • It’s funny, a lot of people seemed to skip over #6 and choose #7. But you were right. #6 is me, and that means that you win. Congrats!

  • Yep yep. #6 is me and #8 is the woman (clearly). You win too :). ‘Grats!

  • It’s totally not.

  • Thanks for playing, but #6 is mine.

  • You were close, but #6 is me. Thanks for playing!

  • #8 is right, but I’m #6. Thanks for playing though!

  • Yay! I need a win in my life right now. Can you just grab my button off my blog? Thanks so much!

  • Rachele

    It’s been a long time since I’ve won ANYTHING. I’m working on a new button. I’ll get it to you when it’s finished. Yay!

  • Um, dude? I know I got the chick right and I was the first comment down there. Didn’t I get the chick right? Number 8 is Padma Lakshmi from Top Chef.

  • Sadly, no one got the chick right. It was Nadya Suleman aka Octomom.

    I’ll be back with a mostly disturbing picture of her.

  • Yep, I can do that!

  • Sounds good!

  • Cool. Thanks so much. I guess that means I need to keep feeding the beast.

  • AUUGGHHH! I had to Google the photo now that I know who it is and I was disgusted. WTH? Why did she do that?

  • Yep. The beast never tires!

    I’ll add you’re button on March 1st.

  • It’s awful, ain’t it?

  • Rachele

    New button is finished. What’s the best way to get it to you???
    Here’s the direct link but I can send the image code or html as well.

  • Rachele
  • Perfect ๐Ÿ™‚


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