Over the next week, Rock Out Stand Out staff members are going to be revealing their top tens of the year. We’re going to start off with Martin White’s top ten live shows of the year, it looks like there’s some good ones here.

Words from the Editor: Martin has been a brilliant member of the team, from new words to historical facts I learn something new every time I read his reviews. His passion for music and the website is infectious. Thank you for all your hard work Martin.

10. Alice Cooper– Manchester Arena, Manchester 04/10/2019

Alice always brings his A Game. The show itself is always as good as the music that goes with it. There was the usual beheadings and monsters galore with hit after hit throughout. Was nice to witness some songs that I have not seen Alice perform live too.

9. G.U.N. 2019 – (Grimm Up North Festival), Bury Town Hall, Bury. 08/03/2019 – 10/03/2019

A celebration of NWOBHM throughout the weekend featuring some great bands such as BLITZKRIEG, GRIM REAPER, TYSONDOG, BLACKMAYNE, FIST & QUARTZ throughout the weekend along with the new blood from the likes of SELLSWORD and VICE. Trust me it is true what they say… it is Grimm Up North!

8. Kamelot, Evergrey & Visions Of Atlantis – Club Academy Manchester 21/03/2019

I was excited for this one as it was the first standing concert I took my younger sister to as she loves KAMELOT. We managed to meet EVERGREY and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS and get our CD’s signed too. KAMELOT were sheer brilliance although I do miss Roy Khan on vocals I have embraced Tommy’s vocals from the offset too. EVERGREY and VISIONS OF ATLANTIS were worthy supports too.

7. PMQF 2019 – (Power Metal Quest Fest) The Asylum, Birmingham 28/09/2019

My 2nd PMQF and I enjoyed it as much as the first year. An amazing set of bands and an awesome crowd too with a true community spirit. This year the festival featured: FORLORN HOPE, PRIMITAI, RUINTHRONE, CONTROL THE STORM, LUKE APPLETON, MEMORIES OF OLD, DAKESIS and ANCIENT BARDS.

Read my live review of the event by clicking here.

6. Imperial Age – Rebellion, Manchester 01/02/2019

As soon as I found out IMPERIAL AGE were going to be back in Manchester for their first Headline Tour across Europe I was psyched. I had first seen these in 2018 supporting THERION and was blown away by them. They are an amazing bunch of people and the leading Symphonic Metal Band from Russia. They are due to return once again to Rebellion in Manchester in April 2020 amongst a few other select dates in the UK – do not miss out!

5. Demons & Wizards, Dendera – Islington Assembly Hall, London 30/06/2019

The UK debut of the BLIND GUARDIAN and ICED EARTH fusion. I was down at the front with friends from up and down the country. It was so good to finally hear DEMONS & WIZARDS songs live at long last.

4. Static-X, Soil, Wednesday 13, & Dope – 02 Ritz, Manchester 03/10/2019

It was twenty years since Wisconsin Death Trip was released and five years since we lost Wayne Static too. It was an amazing gig from start to finish. I finally got to see DOPE live, WEDNESDAY 13 were solid as always, it was also good to see SOIL again after so long too. For STATIC-X it was bittersweet because sadly we had no Wayne but in memorial we had Xero whose identity was unknown. You can tell that they were a friend of Wayne and had pushed themselves to mirror the actions Wayne used to do live and vocally had also excelled themselves to get to that level. Awesome music with amazing visuals and a way for us to pay respects and to honour the memory of Wayne Static too.

3. Eden’s Curse, Mob Rules & Degreed – Corporation, Sheffield 19/04/2019

DEGREED were great as openers and was good to see MOB RULES again – had not seen them since Bloodstock 2017. Unbeknownst to fans in the crowds this was part of EDEN’s CURSE last ever tour. They totally rocked and played well with great fan interaction whilst performing all their Best Of album. Suffice to say it was sad that a band of such quality were not selling out bigger venues and had to call it a day.

2. KISS End Of The Road Tour UK Leg – Manchester Arena/Newcastle Arena 12/07/2019 – 14/07/2019

An emotional weekend for me as it hit home that these dates were potentially the very last time I got to see my favourite band live. Even though the sets were the same each night, I was too busy enjoying myself. Having standing tickets for both nights, I got as close as possible and enjoyed solid hit after hit. I totally understand why it is the End Of The Road for KISS but I will forever be a member of the KISS Army.

Number 1: Power Quest, Absolva – Neverworld 15th Anniversary Show – The Garage, London 16/11/2019

The Neverworld album was played in full and the night featured the current POWER QUEST line-up along with former members of the band alongside special guests from SABATON, DRAGONFORCE and FREEDOM CALL. It was an emotional evening as it also allowed the fans to celebrate the life of Paul Finnie who sadly lost his life in August earlier this year and honour his memory.

There we have it, Martin’s top live shows of the year. Which live shows made your year? Stay tuned for his top ten albums post and playlist.

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