Andy tries his best not to miss anything out

This is, in many ways, the worst of these top twenty lists to compile.

For one thing, there’s the sheer amount of gigs involved – this year I personally went to 126 (if you include day one and two of Bloodstock as two gigs, which for counting purposes I do) and for another, there’s the not inconsiderable fact that I started writing about music as a means to review the gigs I went to.

In short. I take it exceptionally seriously.

As there are so many bands that I want to include here, but only twenty can actually make the list, I would like to give mention to some brilliant shows that didn’t make the final cut. There are five in the main, these are: Theia
Camel, Yes, Ian Anderson and Anathema, who all thrilled me in various ways but didn’t get into the top twenty. Here from 1-20, are the twenty gigs that made me want to join a rock n roll band.

1. Slash – Genting Arena, Birmingham 1/12/14
2.Dream Theater – Civic Hall, Wolverhampton 15/2/14
3. Machine Head – O2 Academy, Birmingham 18/12/14
4. Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Assembly, Leamington 1/11/14
5. Blackberry Smoke – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton 5/3/14
6. Fish – Robin 2, Bilston 8/12/14
7. Aerosmith – Calling Festival, Clapham Common 28/6/14
8. Clutch – O2 Academy, Birmingham 29/4/14
9. Walking Papers – Calling Festival, Clapham Common 28/6/14
10. Monster Truck – O2 Academy, Birmingham 20/3/14
11. Augustines – Library, Institute, Birmingham 16/5/14
12. Monster Magnet – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton 14/2/14
13 Crippled Black Phoenix – Robin 2, Bilston 27/5/14
14. Riverside – Robin 2, Bilston 7/4/14
15. Electric Boys – Slade Rooms, Wolverhampton 19/9/14
16. Prince – LG (Now Genting) Arena 15/5/14
17. Hold Steady – O2 Academy 2 13/10/14
18.Supersuckers – O2 Academy 3 8/10/14
19.Black Star Riders – Asylum, Birmingham 7/8/14
20. Skindred – Wulfrun Hall, Wolverhampton 25/1/14