The twenty best concert quotes of 2012

We go to concerts for the music, but the best moments are often unrehearsed. For some bands, a show is just a series of songs -- the moments between, nothing but time to be killed until the music begins again. But we don't go to concerts to kill time-- and, truly, we don't go to hear songs, either, because we can do that much more comfortably and with less money at home, where beer doesn't cost $5 a glass. The reason we go to shows is to connect with a group that first connected with us. Whether they're funny, sentimental, crude or inspiring, some musicians do it better than others. Here are the twenty best quotes from concerts this year.

See also: - The thirty best concerts of 2012 - The twenty best hip-hop shows of 2012 - The ten best EDM shows of 2012

20. Paul Stanley of KISS, Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 8/8/12

"There's a curfew. Oh! We don't wanna listen to the curfew. We gotta beat this curfew. They're telling us we can't play, and we say, 'We'll take our chances.'"

19. Blag Dahlia of Dwarves, Gothic Theatre, 9/1/12

"I knew I'd figure out what that song was eventually. Yeah, they all sound the same to me, too."

18. Wil-Dog Abers of Ozomatli, The Spot at Urban Peak, 8/20/12

"It's possible to change, and it's possible to change the way you feel about yourself."

17. Dave Chandler of Saint Vitus, Bluebird Theater, 10/3/12

"Governments can do one thing: turn their back on you and fuck you in the ass at the same time."

16. Mojo Nixon, Lion's Lair, 4/14/12

"Tim Tebow has never been laid. Tim Tebow has never been drunk. Tim Tebow has never had his dick sucked. I, Mojo Nixon, will suck Tim Tebow's dick to send him down the right path."

15. Miranda Lambert, 1STBANK Center, 3/17/12

"They expect me to look a certain way and act a certain way and weigh a hundred pounds, and I don't, because, frankly, I like to drink beer and eat a chicken-fried steak."

14. Rob Zombie, 1STBANK Center, 10/2/12

"Just because we yell 'shit,' 'piss,' 'cunt,' 'motherfucker' and 'asshole' doesn't mean we don't love you. It's just our way."

13. Shirley Manson of Garbage, Ogden Theatre, 10/6/12

"So we may be a little bit of a weird motley crew, but being the owner of mutt and a motley dog -- that's the kind of thing that I like in my life. I'm not looking for pure breed. I'm looking for a big fucked-up mess like us."

12. A$AP Rocky, Ogden Theatre, 10/15/12

"It don't matter if you white, black or brown, 'cause we all purple people at heart."

11. Lou Barlow of Dinosaur Jr., Bluebird Theater, 10/15/12

"We played the Ramones at triple speed. We didn't take drugs like you losers. We sought redemption in fast music."

10. Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden, Comfort Dental Amphitheatre, 8/14/12

"We've got ten semis full of gear outside, and half of that stuff -- well, one semi's worth of stuff is still in the truck, couple of special effects we can't get in tonight, sad to say. However, with a little bit of application and a little bit of burning down, you never know, they might have to build an extension on the place next year. Who knows?"

9. Billy Corgan of Smashing Pumpkins, 1STBANK Center, 10/16/12

"I have been known to be fickle -- a flip-flopper, maybe. A bit of a gig flip-flopper. Then we get around to playing a few classics at the end. In the beginning, they were just really good songs, and now they're classics. See, the funny thing is now we're playing good songs that one day may be classics. Ironic, isn't it, to have lived that long?"

8. Esperanza Spalding, Ogden Theatre, 9/26/12

"The birds and crickets are hipper than all of us."

7. Anders Friden of In Flames, Fillmore Auditorium, 12/10/12

"Life is too short to be drinking shitty beer."

6. Dennis Lyxzén of Refused, Ogden Theatre, 8/22/12

"So far we're doing really well -- not the playing, but the fact that we're still standing up."

5. Perry Farrelll of Jane's Addiction, Fillmore Auditorium, 5/28/12

"It's not because I'm going deaf -- I just want it louder! It's good for your ears because it's good for you heart. If it's good for your heart, it's good for your cock. If it's good for my cock, well, that's fucking good, isn't it? Right? Let's make it louder!"

4. Ryan Adams, Boulder Theater, 10/29/12

"I have miserable songs in all keys, even suspended ones -- but I don't know what they are -- that only jazz guys and Bob Mould use."

3. Randy Blythe of Lamb of God, Fillmore Auditorium, 8/22/12

"Just kick me in the head. I'll wake up eventually."

2. Ryan Adams, Boulder Theater, 10/29/12

"Sometimes I just like to stand up here and tune the guitar. I like to look busy. I tried building bookshelves, but everyone got really upset. They're like, 'I didn't pay for this.' You didn't even see it. I'm not done. It's going to be so great. You got something against mahogany?"

1. David Lee Roth of Van Halen, Pepsi Center, 5/24/12

"What? Oh, you want to make a sex tape. I'll tell you what, girlfriend, you can save that Kardashian shit. I made my first sex tape back in 1982, and except for the two hours I spent on stage with the brothers here, I was naked the whole motherfucking tour. Yeah, man! That was a good year. That was a very good year. I slept with every good-looking girl who had two legs in her pants. Even slept with an amputee. She was missing a forearm, but I think it still counts. What are you laughing at? I'm capable of a relationship. I'm not insensitive. Hey, I'm only missing a few parts. What, are you going to vote me off the motherfucking island? I don't think so."

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Noah Hubbell