There were some huge shows that came to the Philly area in 2017, but none were bigger than U2, Roger Waters, Tom Petty & MGK’s Big Gig.

Here’s a few of our favorite moments from each concert.

 

U2 were one of the first and biggest shows of the summer concert season in 2017. They sold out Lincoln Financial Field for their ‘Joshua Tree 30th Anniversary Show’ .  As usual, U2 brought a never before attempted level of production to the experience. The largest video screens ever used on a concert tour extended almost the entire length of The Linc.  They also had a huge electronic Joshua Tree set up. Here’s a rousing version of ‘New Year’s Day’.

 

 

And here’s a ‘Joshua Tree’ classic that comes with a Bono intro that is both fun and introspective. Here’s “God’s Country”.

 

 

 

The amount of production involved in Roger Water’s 3-day run at Wells Fargo Center was astounding. His video screens, staging and overall presentation was staggering. One of the coolest moments of the show was when his two female backup singers ( the ladies of  Lucius) took charge on ‘Great Gig In The Sky’. The ladies kick in big time around 1 minute in.  Here’s some great photos of a special dress rehearsal concert we attended at the start of Roger’s tour.

 

 

We knew the return of Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers was something special, but months later the shows would have extra significance.  Tom and the band were full of gratitude and energy when they played 2 shows in Philly during the month of July.  Here’s some photos from the July 1st show.

 

The band was firing on all cylinders for “Runnin’ Down A Dream”

 

The crowd sing a long during “American Girl”was THE moment of the evening for many in attendance, including our staff.

 

 

The 2017 version of MGK’s Big Gig was one of our favorite summer concerts ever.  Guitar wizard, Tom Scholz, brought Boston and their intense video and lighting to BB&T Pavilion along with the rock and roll sneer of Joan Jett and The Blackhearts.  Here’s some of our favorite photos from the concert. Boston playing “More Than A Feeling” was one of the banner moment’s of the evening.

 

 

 

 

Joan Jett’s interaction with the crowd is always great, especially when she has a special connection to the crowd. She was born just a few miles away from the venue in Wynnewood, PA.  We loved her interaction with the crowd especially during the back to back punch of  ‘Do You Wanna Touch Me & Bad Reputation’.