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The Best Live Bands of 2011  

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List Rules Vote on whether the band's should be considered the best live band of 2011

The best live bands of 2011 include mainstream rock icons like U2 and Foo Fighters, indie and Americana darlings like The Avett Brothers, over-the-top arena acts like Muse and straight up classic bands like The Pixies (really, if you haven't seen The Pixies live, you are doing yourself a great disservice). I've put together this list to recognize the great live bands of the year, though it's a tough order. I've seen almost all of the bands on the list this year, but I'm sure I've missed a lot of great live acts. What was your favorite live band in 2011? If you don't see it on this list, add it. Vote up the bands you thought were the absolute best, and vote down those you saw and hated. Hey, to each his own, right? Not everybody thinks Coldplay is the be-all, end-all of live music.

The bands on this list brought it in 2011, big time, putting on incredible live shows. Several of them hit up the big music festivals, like Coachella, Bonnaroo and SXSW. With concert ticket prices soaring in a hobbled economy, a music festival can be a great way to catch several live bands for one price. That being said, if you have a favorite live band, they'll get a shorter set (usually) at a festival - so go for the whole enchilada and see just them. Also, pay close attention to some of the opening acts for the mega-bands - some of them will go on to become headliners (case in point: I saw Muse and Kings of Leon open for U2 a few years ago and was blown away...now look at them!)

Live music fans, this is your chance to be heard: Add your favorite live acts to this list, so we'll all know who to see in 2012. And if you're a live music aficionado, definitely check out these lists of the greatest live bands/artists of all time and the best rock bands ever.

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list ordered by
1
Muse is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Space rock, Rock music, Electronic music
2
Foo Fighters is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
3
Pearl Jam is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rock music, Grunge, Post-grunge
4
Metallica is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Thrash metal, Rock music, Heavy metal
5
The Black Keys is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Blues-rock, Punk blues, Rock music
6
U2 is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rock music, Alternative rock, Punk rock
7
Rammstein is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Industrial metal, Gothic metal, Industrial music
8
Ozzy Osbourne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Doom metal, Glam metal, Blues-rock
9
Pixies is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Experimental rock, Grunge, Noise
10
My Morning Jacket is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Heartland rock, Rock music, Country rock
11
Coldplay is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rock music, Piano rock, Post-Britpop
12
Korn is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
KyleBurns added Dubstep, Nu metal, Industrial metal
13
Mumford & Sons is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Pop music, Folk rock, Pop rock
14
Slipknot is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
KyleBurns added Nu metal, Groove metal, Rapcore
15
Florence and the Machine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Neo soul, Baroque pop, Electronica
16
The Flaming Lips is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rock music, Space rock, Psychedelic pop
17
The Strokes is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Garage rock, Power pop, Alternative rock
18
Arcade Fire is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Indie pop, Alternative rock, Art rock
19
Tom Petty and the Heartbreaker... is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
gamedemon24 added Blues-rock, New Wave, Classic rock
20
Band of Horses is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Rock music, Alternative country, Indie rock
21
Marilyn Manson is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Glam metal, Nu metal, Industrial metal
22
The Avett Brothers is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Folk music, Folk rock, Bluegrass
23
Bruce Springsteen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
duffyork added Americana, Blues-rock, Heartland rock
24
Gwar is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
Matthew T McHenry added Horror punk, Crossover thrash, Thrash metal
25
Soulfly is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Live Bands of 2011
dan808 added Nu metal, Thrash metal, Groove metal