As 2017 has finished a number of sites are evaluating the best live bands of 2017 – Frank Godla from Metal Injection has rated The Dillinger Escape Plan’s final shows, including one with Mike Patton, as the best of 2017.
With ourselves a few days into 2018 now, we can afford the luxury of looking back at 2017 and considering the best live performances. Of course we’ll be biased towards any number of Mike Patton performances, however, it’s nice sometimes to have independent validation of our fanaticism.
Frank Godla from Metal Injection has looked back through 2017 and rated the Best Live Bands. Coming in at first place is The Dillinger Escape Plan’s final set of shows. Whilst we’re sad that Dead Cross wasn’t in the list, we can take solace that the final shows that had Mike Patton and The Dillinger Escape Plan performing Irony is a Dead Scene is his ‘Best Live Band of 2017’
Here’s what Frank had to say about the final set of Dillinger Escape Plan shows:
The 20 year chapter of The Dillinger Escape Plan came to a close just a few days ago, and the three day event came down on NYC like a ten ton hammer filled with the tears. As I look back on all three days, and make note of how each night offered something completely different, including the mood, the more it makes me think about how truly special it was for such an important band to conduct their own funeral of sorts.
It was yet another example of how they do it different than any other, to the very end. Everything about it was beautiful and poetic, right down to their last live song, the last track off of the last album, performed for the first and last time ever. Although the crowd may have missed it, the side stage was filled with invited DEP family of the past 20 years including Brian Benoit, Adam Doll, Dimitri Minakakis, Mike Patton, and John Fulton, most of them coming out to share the stage at key points.
Of course, the crowd was just as epic, spanning from all areas of the globe each night, filled with the most devoted of die hards, screaming along to every lyric, thrashing to every note, and going outright ballistic for every time change. It was the perfect crowd to send off one of the greatest live acts of our generation. RIP The Dillinger Escape Plan, you will be missed.
You can read Frank’s full list of the best live band’s here.