Ten best Denver arena concerts of 2011

Another year is coming to a close, and it's going to be remembered for some stellar concerts. All week, we'll be running lists of our favorites from the past year, beginning with this one: Best arena concerts of 2011. Page down to see which shows made the cut. (Click on the band name for a full review and more photos.) Look for a rundown of our favorite club-sized and local shows in the coming days.

10. Flaming Lips, August 3 @ Red Rocks9. Pretty Lights, August 13 @ Red Rocks8. Skrillex, October 31 @ 1STBANK Center
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7. Mumford & Sons, June 15 @ Fillmore Auditorium6. Arcade Fire, April 9 @ 1STBANK5. Phish, September 2 @ Dick's Sporting Goods4. Foo Fighters, October 9 @ Pepsi Center3. Sade/John Legend, August 11 @ Pepsi Center2. U2, May 21 @ Invesco1. Portishead, October 27 @ 1STBANK

See Also:

Here's the Backbeat rundown of the best concerts of the summer of 2011 and here's our complete concert review archive. Also, our slide show page, full of Denver music photos.

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