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Fall concerts: Reviews

Starting in May 2013, we'll be posting all summer show reviews on this page. You can see what The Boston Globe's music critics said about the show right here.

Did you attend a show at the Bank of America Pavilion or the Comcast Center this summer? Share your feedback about the concert on the Live Nation Facebook page or by tweeting @livenationne.

2013 Reviews

Fall concerts

OCTOBER 19 / THE PARADISE

Mike Doughty

After years of separating himself from his former band Soul Coughing, Doughty finally returns to his musical roots.
OCTOBER 15 / DCU CENTER

Pearl Jam

Pearl Jam delivered another in a long line of top-notch shows that was not only lengthy but infused with kinetic energy.
OCTOBER 9 / CITI WANG THEATRE

Brian Wilson with Jeff Beck

It didn't matter that Beck and Wilson seem to have little in common. Their music found plenty to share at this show.

Summer concerts

AUGUST 17 / COMCAST CENTER

John Mayer

Mayer's new sound is dominated by peaceful, easy train-track rhythms, country-accented picking, and airy pedal steel guitar.
AUGUST 12 / BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION

Backstreet Boys

After 20 years, the Backstreet Boys still perform with a genuine joy that shows how much they enjoy singing together.
AUGUST 10 / COMCAST CENTER

Keith Urban

The guitar wonder gave an impassioned performance that ranked among the best of the summer.
AUGUST 9 / COMCAST CENTER

Kelly Clarkson, Maroon 5

Breaking away from a tightly choreographed show, Clarkson and Maroon 5 offered fans a natural, high-energy show.
AUGUST 4 / COMCAST CENTER

Lil Wayne, T.I.

The two pillars of Southern hip-hop took the stage to stake a claim to their illustrious pasts while looking ahead to the future.
AUGUST 2 / BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION

Beck

The musician's recent pavilion show was just another example of a Beck show so good and special that it won't happen again.
JULY 31 / BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION

Tedeschi Trucks, Black Crowes

Facets of good ol’ guitar boogie were on display at the Tedeschi Trucks Band's and the Black Crowes's show.
JULY 20 / COMCAST CENTER

Americanarama Festival featuring Bob Dylan

At Americanarama, all the acts--from Wilco to My Morning Jacket to Ryan Bingham--were undeniably sons of Dylan.
JULY 19 / BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION

The Eagles

The Eagles didn't just play the hits. The band offered a comprehensive history lesson in what made the Eagles the Eagles.
JULY 16 / BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION

Ben Folds with the Barenaked Ladies

Barenaked Ladies and Ben Folds cast complex concert spells, mixing deep catalogs with their signature senses of humor.
JULY 9 / BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION

Belle & Sebastian

Without an album to promote, Belle & Sebastian dove deep into their catalog, highlighting the hits from their 10+ years making music as a band.
JUNE 26 / COMCAST CENTER

One Direction

The boy band was greeted in Mansfield with the same shrieking adulation as when the show was announced last year.
JUNE 21 / BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION

Sting

For the aptly named “Back to Bass” tour, the mono-monikered musician and his phenomenal five-piece put the focus squarely on the music that made the English rocker a household name.
JUNE 19 / BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION

The Kings of the Mic Tour featuring LL Cool J

The Kings of the Mic Tour brought four hiphop founders, including Ice Cube, Public Enemy, and LL Cool J, to the Pavilion. Learn more.
JUNE 16 / COMCAST CENTER

Dave Matthew Band

Even though Matthews was under the weather, he and his band played a solid set of the group's songs.
JUNE 12 / BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION

The Postal Service

Jenny Lewis and Ben Gibbard provided a successful visual counterpoint to the Postal Service’s ordered music.
JUNE 8 / COMCAST CENTER

Dispatch and Guster

The pairing of these bands worked well, with Guster’s craft blending well with Dispatch’s showmanship.
JUNE 8 / BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION

The XX with Grizzly Bear

The idea of the xx and Grizzly Bear touring together didn’t make much sense, until you saw the pairing live.
JUNE 2 / COMCAST CENTER

Luke Bryan

Bryan shimmied, shook, and slithered his way across the stage, belting out his biggest hits as well as other folks'.
MAY 17 / COMCAST CENTER

Brad Paisley

Paisley's guitar skills set the tone for the concert in Mansfield, indicating to his fans that this country singer was going to rock.

2012 Reviews

September 10 / Comcast Center

Zac Brown Band

The Zac Brown Band came in through the country door, but it spent more time in concert covering Aerosmith, Nirvana, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder, and John Mayer songs than on anything fitting a traditional country mold at the Comcast Center.
August 23 / Bank of America Pavilion

D'Angelo and Mary J. Blige

D’Angelo and Blige make a stirring pairing at the pavilion. Backed by a 10-piece funk band, D'Angelo proved he's ready to get back in the game while Blige delighted the crowd with a roller coaster of euphoric highs and introspective moments.
August 18 / BANK OF AMERICA PAVILION

John Prine and Lucinda Williams

Despite their stylistic differences, John Prine and Lucinda Williams were perfectly paired at Bank of America Pavilion, giving the crowd a night of songs worthy of the title modern classics.
August 14 & 15 / Fenway Park

Bruce Springsteen and the E Street Band

Bruce's sold-out Fenway shows were a testament to the pull his old-school showmanship and heartfelt connection with the audience have on the Boston area.
July 10 / Bank of America Pavilion

Stevie Nicks

Nicks enchanted the crowd at the pavilion with a two-hour set that was part “Storytellers,” part patriotic tribute, part crystal visions, and all heart.
July 1 / Fenway Park

Roger Waters

Roger Waters delivered a “Wall” at Fenway Park to rival the Green Monster itself. Waters’s stadium-size version of the production he first launched two years ago in arenas is a dramatic improvement to the show’s inherent sensory overload.
June 26 / Bank of America Pavilion

The Beach Boys

On their 50th anniversary tour, all the remaining Beach Boys spread some good vibrations at the pavilion, giving the crowd over two-and-half hours of sunny surf tunes.
June 23 / Bank of America Pavilion

Bonnie Raitt

The singer-songwriter's years of experience delivered a show that gave the audience something to talk about.
June 17 / Comcast Center

Drake

The 25-year-old rapper wowed a crowd of 20,000 with his skilled, but scripted, set at the Comcast Center.
June 16 / Comcast Center

Rascal Flatts

The band headlined the annual Country 102.5 festival with a set that reinforced the sound and spark that has made them a country favorite.
June 4-5 / Comcast Center

Dave Matthews Band

After taking a summer off from its tradition tour to host the Caravan concerts, Dave Matthews returned to Mansfield, playing a fiery, if predictable, set.
June 1 / BOA Pavilion

Steve Winwood

Steve Winwood riffed on many classic hits from his long career at the Bank of America Pavilion.
May 29 / Comcast Center

Radiohead

The English quintet dispensed its own brand of good cheer amid the slippery rhythms and droning grooves at the Comcast Center.
FEATURED REVIEW
At his Oct. 28 show at TD Garden, Josh Groban delivered "melodies cleanly and unambiguously" for a nearly two-hour set featuring a duet with opening act and "The Voice" contestant Judith Hill.

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