1. Rolling Stones w/ Bruce Springsteen, Lady Gaga, and Gary Clark Jr. at Prudential Center December 15, 2012. The Rolling Stones closed out their string of 50th anniversary shows in grand fashion at the Prudential Center with Special Guests Bruce Springsteen, lady Gaga, and Gary Clark Jr. The show was broadcasted live on PPV.
2. Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band at Met-Life Stadium, September 22, 2012. The show was in a rain delay till after 10PM. Bruce and the band played until 2AM on September 23, 2012, Bruce’s 63rd birthday.
3. 12-12-12 “A Concert For Sandy Relief” at Madison Square Garden, December 12, 2012. featured Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street Band, Bon Jovi, Paul McCartney, Alicia Keys, The Who, Roger Waters, Billy Joel, Kanye West, Chris Martin, David Grohl, Eddie Vedder, and more. This Show does not make the number 1 concert of the year, because of what the concert organizers and ticketmaster did to shut out “regular fans” from attending this show. Tickets sold-out in seconds, and seconds later every scalper in the country had a pair of tickets selling for over 1000 dollars. The show raised over 50 million dollars and was broadcasted on every local TV station around the globe.
4. Coldplay and Jay-z at Barclays Center, December 31, 2012. Coldplay and Jay-Z teamed up at the Tri-States newest venue to ring in the New Year. Coldplay and Jay-Z rang in the new year with the Jay-Z hit song “Run This Town” to crowd of over 20k.
5. Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw at Met-Life Stadium, August 11, 2012. Kenny Chesney and Tim McGraw teamed up for the first time ever and set records all over the country. In NY/NJ they broke a country music attendance record with over 55k tickets sold. Together the two played a combined 44 songs. Kenny will bring his “No Shoes Nation” Tour to the Meadowlands for the 3rd straight year August 10, 2013.
6. Jay-Z at Barclays Center, September 28, 2012– The first ever event at an arena is sure to make our top 10 list. Jay-Z opened the brand new Barclays Center in Brooklyn performing 27 songs. He currently owns about 1% of the Brooklyn Nets (NBA)
7. Jason Aldean and Luke Bryan at IZOD Center March 24, 2012 and PNC Bank Arts Center September 6, 2012– Jason Aldean has sold-out every show on his “My Kinda Party” Tour to date, with over 21k sold at IZOD Center and over 25k sold at PNC. Jason Aldean is expected to continue this trend into 2013.
8. Red Hot Chilli Peppers at Prudential Center, May 4/5, 2012– We have to admit we originally had these concerts at number 10, then realized what we were actually doing. RHCP probably gets the shaft on our top 10 list, they could easily be in the top 5, but the shows ahead of them were all so amazing, and all were sell-outs and record breaking nights.
9. Mumford & Sons at Pier A in Hoboken, August 1, 2012–Mumford & Sons preformed to a crowd of over 15k people at the first major concert at Pier A in years. Tickets sold-out in minutes. Look for more concerts at Pier A in 2013. Also Mumford & Sons has 4 area tour dates in support of their latest album “Babel” Barclays Center Feb. 6 and 12 and Susquehanna Bank Center Feb 16 and 17. Tickets are sold-out.
10. Madonna at Yankee Stadium, September 6/8, 2012. Madonna again came through on her 2012 tour “MDNA” While she might not be popular among a newer crowd of music lovers, she still brings a great show to her loyal fans. Madonna sold out all of her area shows.