There was definitely no shortage of amazing live tunes in the Capital Region in 2016. Relive some of our favorite shows from this year and let us know who you are hoping will come rock for us in 2017!

Without a doubt one of the best things about living in the Capital Region is the abundance of live music that rolls through the area every year. 2016 was an absolutely stellar year for rock shows and the Q is hoping to keep that rolling right on in 2017!

I polled the staff here at the Q to find out which shows stood out the most to them in 2016 and here are some of our favorites ... in no particular order, because that's just too hard. Then let us know which bands you want to see play the Capital Region in 2017 below!

Rock 'N Derby

best of rnd

This one was at the top of everyone's list because ... with 3 straight days of back to back rock right in our own backyard how could it not be?

Alice Cooper

best of alice

This was not just a concert but such a kick ass production. If you missed Alice at the Palace you missed one heck of a show!


best of disturbed

with Breaking Benjamin, Alter Bridge, and Saint Asonia at SPAC.

Highly Suspect

at the Upstate Concert Hall

Q103's Christmas Chaos

best of chaos

with Sick Puppies, Trapt, Jim Breuer and the Loud and Rowdy at the Upstate Concert Hall

The Cult

at Upstate Concert Hall

The Struts

at Upstate Concert Hall


with Slipknot, Marilyn Manson, and Of Mice and Men at SPAC


with A Day to Remember and All Time Low at SPAC


who rocked us twice at Upstate Concert Hall in 2016

Honorable mentions go out to Ace Frehley, Asking Alexandria, In Flames, Beartooth, Chris Cornell, Holy White Hounds, Rob Zombie, From Ashes to New, Skillet, 3 Doors Down, Pop Evil, Red Sun Rising, Beartooth, Clutch and pretty much everyone that rocked the Capital Region in 2016! You can relive the entire year of rock on our Instagram or Facebook.

Now let us know who you'd like to see live in 2017??

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