Punk Promoter Will Anderson's Five Favorite Shows of All Time

Renowned local punk promoter Will Anderson, who recently left the Valley and is the subject of this week's music feature, has lost count of the number of shows he's attended or promoted over the past 20 years.  

"I can't remember what the exact total is, honestly," Anderson says, laughing. "It would have to be well into the thousands."

Given the fact that he's been booking since the days when Green Day was a little-known punk band that debuted their hit song "Basket Case" at a small club gig in Phoenix, it's safe to say it's a lot.

Even though Anderson admits his brain is "filled with a lot of hazy memories," we asked him to compile a list of five of the best shows he's witnessed during the last two decades.

Besides the requisite gig by Avail (his favorite band of all time), the 38-year-old rattled off a rundown of punk gigs that included an epic encore by NOFX at the Marquee Theater seen by only a select few and the recent experience of getting to sing along with old school local act Sam the Butcher.

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Benjamin Leatherman is a staff writer at Phoenix New Times. He covers local nightlife, music, culture, geekery, and fringe pursuits.