The Buddy Holly Hall has been a great addition to Lubbock. I have seen multiple performances there, and I can’t wait to see more. I would love to see a few acts come to Lubbock more than others. So, I decided to compile a list of five acts that I would love to see at Buddy Holly Hall, and I am going to try and limit it to acts that would want the smaller feel and amazing acoustics that it would provide. Sadly, that means Metallica is out. Even with the list I have it may be a long shot, but I can dream. 

1. Eddie Vedder 

Now I Know that Pearl Jam is probably still too big to see at the Buddy Holly Hall, even though it would be amazing. But Eddie Vedder, the lead singer of Pearl Jam is touring the United States as a solo artist in theaters about the size of Buddy Holly Hall. I am sure it would not quite be the same as Pearl Jam, but I would love to see Eddie Vedder at Buddy Holly Hall. 

2. Bush 

I was a huge fan of Bush in the 90’s and even the early 2000’s. Their popularity has gone down a little, but they are still touring as a band. Gavin Rossdale still sounds the same with his scratchy, grungy voice and having them in a place with better acoustics would be amazing. They have a huge selection of former hits they could play, and newer songs that you may end up liking. They will be in the Dallas area this May, maybe they can find time to fit Lubbock in their schedule. 

3. Fuel 

Another one of my favorite bands from the late 90’s to the early 2000’s was Fuel. I bought Sunburn when my cousin played it for me, and I heard the song "Shimmer." That was the beginning, but they had so many more hits after that. Fuel is only playing a few places right now, but if they can get a tour fired up, I would love to see their name in Lubbock at the Buddy Holly Hall. 

4. Lifehouse 

I am afraid I may get made fun of a little for this one. I always loved to listen to the band Lifehouse. Their first three complete albums are still in my apple music collection, and there are a few songs from their fourth album in there as well. I heard a few of their songs on the radio before I really liked them, but I remember hearing their song “Everything” on Smallville and I went and picked up the album No Name Face. I have loved them ever since. They are not touring right now, but they seem to still be together as a band. If Buddy Holly Hall was able to get them to Lubbock, I would be there. 

5. Nickelback 

Nickelback is called the most hated band of all time. I love Nickelback. The truth is they may be too big to be on this list, but I wanted to get them in. The first time I heard them was in college with the song, “Leader of Men.” I fell in love with that song, that album, and even the band Nickelback. My favorite album was Silverside Up, and my favorite song was “How you Remind Me.” This is another band that does not seem to be touring right now, but they are working on their 10th studio album so I am sure a tour will be around the corner. 

If I gave alternates I would be here forever, but I am paying attention with every band that comes out. I loved some 90’s country, but the one I wanted to see the most, Dwight Yoakum, came last October. Do you agree with my list? Feel free to tweet your “better” list to me @mattmartinradio. 


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