We're definitely a little biased here, but I think that these concerts were so monumental that they deserve to be recognized - and they all happened this year.

I make no bones about the fact that I like to go to shows. My bank account doesn't like that, but I do. My husband does too. We've been lucky enough to see some amazing performances right here in Minnesota.

Here were some of our favorites. We're definitely open to submissions too! Don't forget that you can snag Northern Invasion 2018 (your next concert!) tickets here.


  • 1

    Halestorm at Mayo Civic Center

  • 2

    Guns N' Roses at U.S. Bank Stadium

    It had been at least twenty years since Guns N' Roses set foot in Minnesota, and this summer, they changed that.

    We didn't think they'd ever get back together - but they (semi) did. This was the first time we'd seen Slash, Duff and Axl share the stage in a while. We're happy they did it in Minnesota!

    Photo by Katarina Benzova
  • 3

    Ozzy Osbourne at Treasure Island

    The best part about this one: HE BROUGHT ZAKK WYLDE WITH HIM.

    Frederick M. Browne, Getty Images
  • 4

    In This Moment at Mayo Civic Center

    Despite all of the bitching about how many costume changes Maria had - we were still thrilled that In This Moment decided to make a stop in Rochester this summer.

    They brought Motionless In White and Vimic with them!

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  • 5

    Tool in Minneapolis

    The dark setting was impressive! LOVED the return of Tool to Minnesota. Get the recap here.

    Photo Credit: Melina Dellamarggio