Tampa Bay's best concerts of 2012, Part 6: Def Leppard, Morbid Angel, Origin and more
(All week on Soundcheck, our contributors are looking back at the best local concerts of 2012. Up today: Local photographer, Soundcheck contributor and avowed punk and metal fan Andrew Carlton.)
Morbid Angel (above, Oct. 21, State Theatre): Seeing them perform in their standard leather-studded '80s black metal gear was great. I was also pleased that they did not play any of their new material from Illud Divinum Insanus.
Def Leppard (June 30, Tampa Bay Times Forum): While I didn’t get to see the whole performance, it was just great to see a band that I grew up with. Joe Elliott is aging obviously, but the music was great and again, it was just a throwback from the old days.
Origin (at the Scion Rock Fest, June 2, Ybor City): Origin crushed Scion Fest and the drummer, John Longstreth, just didn’t stop with the machine gun style double bass. It really stole the show.
PREVIOUSLY ON THE BEST TAMPA BAY CONCERTS OF 2011:
Sean Daly’s picks: The Kills, The Civil Wars, Fiona Apple, Regina Spektor
Stephanie Bolling's picks: Radiohead, The Ventures, Fun., Antiwarpt Music Festival, Andrew Bird
Luis Santana's picks: Lil Kim, KISS, Psy, Machine Gun Kelly