December 30, 2022

The best concerts we covered in 2022!

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We are just a few days away to finish this year and we wanted to bring you some of the best moments we covered during 2022

The music industry really suffered for almost two years with Covid-19 but it came back stronger than ever and the team of The Heart Sounds was able to covered many of these great events.

It has only been 8 months since we launched this magazine and we cannot be happier with what we’ve achieved. 

A special thanks to everyone who supported us in our different social media platforms and to all the bands, promoters, venues and staff everywhere who helped us to bring you news, photos and what we experienced during these amazing shows.

So, without any further ado, here are some of the best concerts we attended!

COACHELLA 2022

The return of one of the biggest festivals of the world after Covid-19 had it postponed a couple of times was incredible and it definitely needs to be included in our best events of 2022.

Coachella came back to the desert of California with headliners Harry Styles, Billie Eilish and Swedish House Mafia with The Weeknd. Maybe for a lot of people Ye (Kanye West) pulling out of the lineup less then 2 weeks before his presentation was a downer, but didn’t affect for the festival to go on. The whole experience was a little surreal since the virus spread was still present, but Goldenvoice made sure to have all the safety measures on site to enjoy the festival. As usual, the lineup had a great variety of music styles that included Lil Baby, Phoebe Bridgers, Grupo Firme, Flume, Megan Thee Stallion, Disclosure, Danny Elfman, Annita, Doja Cat, Karol G, Banda MS among other great names.

For The Heart Sounds team, Coachella 2022 will always have a very special place in our hearts since it was the beginning of this magazine. We went live on April 2, 2022 right from the festival grounds, and we are very grateful for that!

CRUEL WORLD

The first edition of Cruel World Festival that took place at the Rose Bowl’s Brookside in Pasadena, CA was out of this world. The festival gathered the best of the best! Honestly, we could consider all the bands as headliners. From Morrissey, Bauhaus, Blondie, Devo, The Psychedelic Furs, Violent Femmes to The Church, Berlin, London After Midnight, Soft Kill and others made this festival a highlight in 2022. The tickets sold out so fast that the organizers had to add a second date with the same lineup right away.

Attendees really had a great time, and it became kind of a big family and as of today the interaction among them on Facebook is incredible. They keep talking about the festival, concerts happening in their areas, music news and about how Cruel World 2023 lineup could look like. Can’t wait to hear from this festival next year!

THE STADIUM TOUR

This year was not all about Pop, Hip Hop, Reggaeton or Rap. And The Stadium Tour with Def LeppardMötley Crüe, Poison, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts was the perfect proof that Rock is not dead. Fans enjoyed for about 5 hours great loud guitar distorted riffs, strong beats, and amazing voices. 4 great bands that covered North America with a total of 36 stadium shows with an average of 50,000 fans on each show.

With hits such as “I Love Rock ‘n’ Roll” from Joan Jett, “Talk Dirty To Me” of Poison, “Pour Some Sugar On me” of Def Leppard and “Kickstart My Heart by Mötley Crüe, this show definitely fits in one of our best events in 2022.

BAD BUNNY

Declared as Spotify’s most-streamed artist of 2022, Bad Bunny’s show was incredible. The Puerto Rican artist has set the world record for the highest grossing tour in a calendar year, with 81 shows, Benito brought $435.38 million USD with his “World’s Hottest Tour”. We were lucky enough to cover his show at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX where more than 50,000 fans sang and dance for more than 2 hours and the vibe that felt inside the venue was intense.

More than 30 songs were part of his setlist that included hits such as “Tití Me Preguntó”, “Callaíta”, ‘Safaera”, “Yo Perreo Sola”, “Chambea” “Dákiti” “Yo No Soy Celoso” among others. The reggaeton singer just announced he will use 2023 for his mental and health’s sake and there are no more shows ahead until further notice.

PRIMAVERA SOUND

Another event that blew our minds was the first edition of Spanish based “Primavera Sound Fest” at Los Angeles State Historic Park in Los Angeles, CA.

The festival included headliners Lorde, Nine Inch Nails and the Arctic Monkeys, but together with Clairo, Khruangbin, Cigarettes After Sex, Girl In Red, Fontaines D.C and others made it to our list of best shows this 2022. The organization and layout of this festival was so great that you could enjoy the bands from basically every spot when performing. We really hope organizers will give us the surprise of returning to LA next year.

KAROL G

Colombian writer and singer Karol G gave us one of the most funs shows during 2022. The “Bichota” brought the $trip Love Tour to the Moody Center in Austin, TX and sharing the stage with a music band integrated only by girls and twelve dancers that joined the reggaeton/urban singer. Songs such as “Bichota”, “El Makinon”, “Provenza”, international hit “Tusa” and “Mamiii” were part of the songs Karol G performed to a frantic crowd that didn’t stop singing and dancing the second she appeared on stage.

There are no news about her plans for 2023, but we could definitely use more of her new music soon.

ROGER WATERS

Wish you were there with us! Roger Waters show was the kind of event you really don’t want to miss. The ex-bass player and master mind behind Pink Floyd was able to bring his “This Is Not A Drill” tour after it was postponed for almost 2 year to the American Airlines Center in Dallas, TX. The stage included a big Cross-Shape 650 Sq M Leyard LED screen suspended above where the band was playing showing all kind of amazing images and political slogans. Of course, the big pig couldn’t be out of the show, and we saw it flying all over the stadium while Waters and band performed “In The Flesh”.

Songs such as “Comfortably Numb“,  “The Happiest Days of Our Lives”, “Another Brick in the Wall”, “Wish You Were Here“ and “Shine On You Crazy Diamond were part of the great setlist.

AUSTIN CITY LIMITS

The biggest festival in Texas came back to the Zilker Park in Austin during the month of October with a spectacular line up and of course we couldn’t miss it. So many big names that performed throughout the weekend that included bands such as Red Hot Chili Peppers, P!nk, The Chicks, Sza, Kacey Musgraves, Flume, the return to the stages of Paramore, Lil Nas X and Phoenix among other great artists.

ACL is one of the most friendly and easy festivals to move around we have ever covered. We cannot wait for next ACL edition happening on Fri, Oct 6, 2023 – Sun, Oct 15, 2023

CAFÉ TACVBA

A legendary rock band performing with a full orchestra? Of course we couldn’t miss it! And that is exactly what Café Tacvba did at the incredible Walt Disney Concert Hall in the city of Los Angeles, CA this year.

The band, together with the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra directed by Mario Santos and the regional music band Bronces De Oaxaca directed by Jerzaín Vargas, performed to a sold-out show for almost 3 hours to an excited crowd who was lucky enough to get a ticket for this special event. Songs such as “María”, “Las Flores”, “La Chica Banda”, “Futuro” were loudly sang by the fans who attended the “Un Segundo, Concierto Acústico” tour.

The quartet from Ciudad Satélite, México formed by Rubén Albarrán (vocals), Emmanuel “Meme” Del Real (keys/guitar), Jose Alfredo “Joselo” Rangel (guitar) and Enrique “Quique” Rangel (bass) and supported on stage with Ramiro Del Real (guitars) and Luis “Children” Ledézma (drums) gave one spectacular show. Also, Academy Award winner Gustavo Santolalla was one of the guests to play and sing a couple of numbers with the band. All the songs had special musical arrangements, a big number of excellent musicians shared the stage with the band and the vibe we all felt at this amazing venue made this show unquestionably one of the best of 2022!

GRUPO FIRME

Loved by many and not a lot by others doesn’t stop the success this band has been able to achieve. In one of their innumerable accomplishments, Grupo Firme broke the record of assistants at the Zocalo Plaza in México city with the small quantity of 280,000 fans. Luckily for us, the band made a stop at the Alamodome in San Antonio, TX and of course we couldn’t miss it.

The sold-out show gathered more than 50,000 fans. With great songs, dancers, fireworks, and a frantic crowd made this a great show during 2022. Songs like “El Amor No Fué Pa’ Mí”, “En Tu Perra Vida”, “El Tóxico”, “Tusa” and one of their biggest singles “Ya Supérame” made the whole stadium go crazy throughout the whole show. It was a big party Edwin Caz, Jhonny Caz and gang offered to the fans.

DADDY YANKEE

One of the last concerts we were able to cover in December 2022 was the farewell tour of Daddy Yankee at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, TX.

The Puerto Rican singer performed in front of a full AT&T Center where thousands of fans sang and dance the second his plane landed on stage, literally. Joined by 16 dancers and using the technology of a huge LED Display ROE Visual Vanish V8T LED panel with a size of 170-foot-wide Daddy Yankee knew exactly how to say goodbye for the last time to his fans in Texas by throwing one heck of a show!

“Rompe”, “Lo Que Pasó, Pasó”, “Con Calma”, “Pero Ella Me Levantó” and “Soltera” were just a few of the great songs we all enjoyed during his show but it was with international hit “Gasolina” when things got out of the control at the venue. He will definitely be missed on stage but his music will keep on playing at every party for sure.

So dear friends, this is our list of some of the best shows we were able to cover in 2022 and can’t really wait to see what 2023 will bring to everyone. 

Our best wishes and hope to see you soon!

With much love, 
The Heart Sounds team

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