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End Of Year Poll 2010

Throughout December you've been voting for the bands, albums, films and events of the year, and now it's time to reveal the results.

BAND OF THE YEAR:

WINNER: BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION

The first rule of supergroups is that they must be a crushing disappointment. Black Country Communion obviously didn’t get the memo and despite playing just two unbelievable concerts this year they have beaten several very big bands to win this category by some margin. An excellent album, several musicians at the top of their game and a bunch of songs that put the classic in classic rock. More please. Much, much more.


Runners Up:

2) Iron Maiden

3) Muse

4) Slash

5) Alice Cooper



ALBUM OF THE YEAR
WINNER: SLASH – SLASH

How was this any good? Yes, Slash is a rock god, oozing cool from every pore of his being. But this was an album of tracks featuring different singers. And one of them is in the Black Eyed Peas. However, Mr Saul Hudson eschewed the vanity project that many guitarists end up with when they’re at a loose end. It’s coherent, it flows, every song could be a single... it’s an instant classic as good as anything Slash has done in twenty years. And the Fergie track is awesome. Bring on album number two.


Runners Up:

2) Iron Maiden – Final Frontier

3) Black Country Communion – Black Country Communion

4) Joe Bonamassa – Black Rock

5) Robert Plant – Band Of Joy

6) Airbourne – No Guts No Glory

7) Voodoo Six – Fluke?

8) Bruce Springsteen – The Promise

9) The Union – The Union

10) Ozzy Osbourne – Scream



LIVE ACT OF THE YEAR
WINNER: JOE BONAMASSA

He’s the hardest working guitarist out there. Want proof? He’s released a new solo album this year, recorded and released a new album with Black Country Communion, recorded another solo album and appeared on his girlfriend’s album. Oh, and he’s played more than 200 gigs in 2010. It’s a staggering feat made even more amazing due to the fact that he’s one of the most loved blues guitarists on the planet with a relentless stream of praise from everyone that’s been to see him at a gig in the past 5 years. Find someone that HASN’T enjoyed a Joe Bonamassa live show and we’ll show you a person that doesn’t know music.


Runners Up:

2) Muse

3) Iron Maiden

4) Airbourne

5) Kiss

6) Alice Cooper

7) Motorhead

8) Robert Plant & The Band Of Joy

9) Bon Jovi

10) Eric Clapton & Steve Winwood



FESTIVAL OF THE YEAR
WINNER: HIGH VOLTAGE FESTIVAL

How did the first ever High Voltage Festival beat a host of established events to win this category? Let us think... ZZ Top, ELP, UFO, Foreigner, Uriah Heep, Asia, Transatlantic, Joe Elliott’s Down N Outz, Bachman & Turner, Saxon, Gary Moore, Joe Bonamassa, The Answer, The Quireboys, Black Label Society, Focus, Argent, Marillion, Magnum, Steve Hackett, Opeth, Martin Turner’s Wishbone Ash and an emotional farewell to Ronnie James Dio from Heaven & Hell. Throw in stunning weather, great beer and a great atmosphere. That’s why High Voltage won.


Runners up:

2) Download Festival

3) Sonisphere

4) Glastonbury Festival

5) Hard Rock Calling



BEST REISSUE
WINNER: BLACK SABBATH – DIO ERA REISSUES

30 years after Ronnie James Dio took over at the front of Black Sabbath comes the reissue of this incarnation of the band’s first three albums, Heaven & Hell, Mob Rules and Live Evil. They shone briefly but very brightly, reinventing heavy metal in the process. This was a band reborn after a few years of turgid water-treading with Ozzy. Heaven & Hell is expanded with B-Sides and live tracks, while Mob Rule has been repackaged with the superb Live At Hammersmith live album. Live Evil is remastered and remixed with Ronnie’s voice higher in the mix, and is the definitive live Sabbath document. Vastly superior to the Ozzy era reissues. Essential purchases in 2010.


Runners up:

2) Rolling Stones – Exile On Main Street

3) The Who – Live At Leeds

4) Judas Priest – British Steel

5) Bruce Springsteen – Darkness On The Edge Of Town



EVENT OF 2010
WINNER: AC/DC AT DOWNLOAD

AC/DC came home. Not their actual home, of course, but their spiritual rock home at Donington Park. They brought their own stage which sat next to the Main Stage, wouldn’t allow other acts to open for them and they rocked. Hard. This was the most anticipated show of the year and it did not disappoint, bringing down the house and setting a bar so high that no one else could get anywhere near them for the rest of the weekend. If this is the last we see of the band then it will be a fitting farewell.


Runners up:

2) Heaven & Hell Tribute To Ronnie James Dio

3) Roger Waters & David Gilmour Reunite Onstage

4) Alice Cooper’s Night Of Fear

5) Bon Jovi’s 12 Nights At The O2 Arena



GUITAR HERO OF 2010
WINNER: JOE BONAMASSA

For the second year running Joe beats a whole host of guitarists that have been at the top of their game for decades. Joe’s star is rising fast and it’s only a matter of time before the world at large realises what they’re missing. His reputation now precedes him and his name is now mentioned in the same sentence as the guitar legends he seems to keep beating in these polls. We can’t wait to see what he does next.


Runners up:

2) Slash

3) Tony Iommi

4) Jeff Beck

5) Eric Clapton



FILM OF THE YEAR
WINNER: BEYOND THE LIGHTED STAGE

Fascinating, funny and inspiring – BTLS is the first career spanning documentary about Rush, and perhaps the greatest compliment that we can give it is that this would be your favourite music film of 2010 even if you’ve never heard of Rush. Never self-indulgent or pretentious, it simply allows the band themselves to tell their own story, with brilliant contributions from family, friends and fans. And the music is great as well.


Runners up:

2) Stones In Exile

3) Theatre Of Death Live At The Hammersmith Apollo 2009

4) Big Four Live

5) It Might Get Loud



BEST NEW BAND
WINNER: BLACK COUNTRY COMMUNION

BCC are an unparalleled success in supergroup terms. Anticipation was high before the band even had a name. The idea of Glenn Hughes returning to rock and recruiting Joe Bonamassa on guitar with the rhythms of Bonham driving the whole thing along was undeniably exciting, and when they delivered on their promise it was almost too good to be true. They received more than half of the votes in this category.


Runners up:

2) The Union

3) Gaslight Anthem

4) The Jokers



ROCK FEUD OF THE YEAR
WINNER: AXL ROSE VS THE GENERAL PUBLIC

Either someone simply wasn’t telling Axl Rose what audiences thought or he was showing them utter contempt by turning up for shows, on average, more than 40 minutes late. The Reading Festival incident was pretty spectacular as the plug was pulled after curfew was broken. The sight of Guns N Roses refusing to leave the stage was pretty depressing and this was followed by another pretty low point in Dublin when a bottle was thrown at the stage and the band walked off for forty minutes. By the time they came back a hefty percentage of the audience had already left. Here’s an idea, Axl – turn up on time and people won’t get frustrated and chuck stuff on the stage. Turn up on time and maybe everyone will be able to stay until the end. Hell, turn up on time because it’s the decent thing to do.


Runners up:

2) Joe Perry vs Steven Tyler

3) Keith Richards vs Mick Jagger

4) Ray Davies vs Dave Davies



HOPE FOR 2011
WINNER: LED ZEPPELIN REUNION

Next year we’re thinking of changing this category to "Hope For 2012, Except For A Led Zep Reunion Because It Will Never Happen." Of course, we won’t because we simply can’t give up on the idea that it could happen. The O2 Arena show three years ago told us that it could happen. It just probably won’t. But it could. Couldn’t it? No. Maybe. Aaaaargh!


Runners up: 

2) More From AC/DC

3) Van Halen UK Tour

4) New Rush Album

5) Soundgarden Live Dates



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