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Most Surprising Live Show?

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Thought this might turn into an interesting thread. Basically, what's a band that completely blew away your expectations when you saw them live? Either you expected them to be great and they were terrible, or you expected them to be terrible and they were great, or you expected one genre and got something else :lol:

For me, I saw a show a few years back and these guys were one of the openers. They came out with a hip hop intro track and broke into the song featured in the second half of this video (couldn't find a video of exactly what I saw, but this should give you an idea of how the show went).

Needless to say, I was expecting to have to sit through a generic hip hop set of some sort, and instead ended up with a full set of decent, catchy punk with great live energy and solid playing. :lol:
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When I saw the middle east I was absolutely blown away. Was not expecting it to be anywhere near as amazing as it was. There was also this local band whose first gig was at some metalcore gig (I think it was IKTPQ), who came out dressed in tight jeans, vests and other random indie attire. My first thought was 'jesus christ who are these indie jerks and what are they doing here?' Then I was treated to one of the most intense and amazing metal(ish) shows I'd ever seen. They've broken up but their ep remains one of my favourite albums to date.

Seeing isis was hugely disappointing, I was expecting something hugely amazing and epic and was just bored for most of the show.

Dillinger escape plan, while I anticipated being awesome, have still put on the best shows I've ever seen. Seen em 3 times, first was the best, I was at the back fairly non enthused by the supports, then all at once there was ridiculous strobe lights and panasonic youth started and I sprinted into the mosh pit. I really didn't expect to enjoy them as much as I did (and I expected to enjoy them a lot) but they've very much set the bar for live music for me.
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