Poll — December 31, 2012 at 8:00 am

Readers Poll 2012: Best live acts of the year

Well, it’s the final day of 2012, so time has run out for us to unveil the results of the Slicing Up Eyeballs Readers Poll 2012. We’ve tallied up your votes, weeded out the ineligible stuff (like Grizzly Bear and Iron Maiden) and are ready to look back at the year that was for our beloved ’80s college-rock artists. Here we go.

Best albums | Best songs | Best reissues | Best comps/live/box sets | Best live acts





10. Peter Murphy

BACKSTORY: The ex-Bauhaus singer continued playing shows in support of Ninth.



9. Adam Ant

BACKSTORY: The New Wave star toured the U.S. for the first time since the ’90s.



8. Bob Mould

BACKSTORY: The former Sugar frontman celebrated his new album and Copper Blue.



7. The Jesus and Mary Chain

BACKSTORY: The brothers Reid hit the road for the first time since 2008.



6. The Cure

BACKSTORY: Robert Smith and Co. spent the summer headlining European festivals.



5. The Fixx

BACKSTORY: The New Wave survivors hit the road in support of their comeback album.



4. Swans

BACKSTORY: Michael Gira toured in support of his second Swans effort in two years.



3. Duran Duran

BACKSTORY: The Durans wrapped up their wildly popular All You Need Is Now tour.



2. Dead Can Dance

BACKSTORY: Brendan Perry and Lisa Gerrard toured the world in support of their new album.



1. New Order

BACKSTORY: The band, sans Peter Hook, played in Europe, Australia and the U.S. this year.







  1. The Stone Roses?

    Definitely the live show of 2012 as far as I’m concerned.

  2. Notch Johnson

    The only show I caught all year was the Mary Chain. Would love to catch stone roses in the US outside of a festival setting but I’m not holding my breath.

  3. My favorite concert of 2012 was Morrissey in San Diego, which happened to be his birthday.
    He’s become a road warrior-he’s been touring almost nonstop for the past 2 years-and always is amazing!

    • Morrissey is a great live show, when he doesn’t pitch a girly fit and cancel the show, usually over some fake reason like meat being sold whiten 20 miles or some other bullshit.

  4. New Order were stunning all year. The most dates they have played since the 80s. Tom did an outstanding job filling in for Hooky. Caught them in Denver. Watched all their live webcasts. The band was in great form!

  5. Pogues, & Morrissey both put on great shows in Melbourne this year. New Order & Pulp both good too but not quite as good.

  6. Saw New Order in Chicago in October, they were incredible!


  8. Saw Adam Ant in London, amazing gig. He should be listed higher, above the Cure at least.

  9. why wasn’t Madonna included in the pole?

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