Oh 2020, you mostly sucked.  And you started so promising!  Remember those first 2 1/2 months of the year when we were announcing concerts left and right and we were giving you tickets to those concerts.  Plus we were planning more shows and events for the year that you never even heard about.  Then, it all went down the crapper.

Now that we are at the end of the year, it's time to look back at the year that was.  These are the top 10 most viewed stories on irock935.com and the I-Rock 93.5 app.  This doesn't include the homepage, our playlist page or listen live page.  So let's take a look and get happy, sad, mad and hopeful.

Number 10 - Quad Cities August 10th Storm Damage

Derecho outside the Rock and Roll Mansion
Derecho outside the Rock and Roll Mansion

Oh yeah, remember this.  In the middle of a pandemic and the craziness of the year, we got hit with a derecho.  WTF is a derecho most people asked at that time.  Now, we'll always know.

Number 9 - Restaurants Open For Takeout & Delivery
When the pandemic first really hit and everything got fully shut down, nobody knew who was open.  Especially our local restaurants and bars.  So we put a list together of places that were still open for takeout and delivery.  Hopefully it helped you and these restaurants.  Remember, these places (and the people working there) still need you!

Number 8 - Smashing Pumpkins Coming To The Quad Cities


The first concert announcement on this list, but definitely not the last.  When I was told about this one I was pretty shocked.  I've recently seen the Pumpkins at basketball arenas with 10,000 people.  So to see them coming here and playing a venue that only holds a couple thousand was crazy.  You clearly thought so too as you clicked on the story and bought those tickets quick!

Number 7 - Vote For The Local Stage CD Fan Bonus Track
Our first ever Local Stage CD included you choosing what you wanted to hear and see.  First on this list, is the vote for the bonus track.  Which if you missed it, was Been There Done That!

Number 6 - HELLYEAH, ATR, & Butcher Babies Coming To Quad Cities

Hellyeah 3

Man I was looking forward to this one.  I have not seen any of these bands live and this was really the kick-off to what was going to be an amazing spring/summer of concerts.  After the initial shutdown, this was one that actually got rescheduled and kept us hoping through the spring.  But as we all know now, those hopes would be crushed.  Never fear though, once this crap is done we are going to do everything we can to get them back here!

Number 5 - Tool Is Coming To The Quad Cities
This is the biggest sad face for me.  If you know me, you know this is top 3 for me.  I've seen them plenty of times.  But, being able to see them here while playing them on I-Rock and giving you tickets was just next level.  Again, we'll do everything we can to get them back.  But...sigh.

Number 4 - Vote For The I-Rock 93.5 Local Stage CD Cover Art

The Local Stage

The other aspect that I loved for the Local Stage CD was all of you who submitted art for the cover, inside cover, and actual CD.  A lot of submissions and a lot of votes made this the 4th most viewed page of 2020...so thank you!

Number 3 - Light Up The Quad Cities Voting

Barbara Helgason

Another voting page!  You apparently like to vote.  So I'll do more of these.  Actually, one of the things I was GOING to do in 2020 before it all fell apart was a deal with tattoos.  I know I still could, but the final party with music was such a big part of it that I decided to make it wait.  Maybe in 2021.

Number 2 - Ghost Caught On Video At Rock N' Roll Mansion

Pit Lord via YouTube

Who would have known a simple video of a BBQ lovin death metal band in the basement of this place would turn out to be our number 2 story of the year.  If you missed it, check out the video.  Once you see it, you'll never unsee it bro.

Number 1 - Win $10,000 Cash
The bribe worked!  Really, the number 1 and 2 most viewed pages were the cash contests from spring and fall.  It makes sense.  You like cash and had to click on that page to win.  So, since you like it so much, we'll do it again this year!  At least that is something to look forward to for 2021.

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