In this First Concert Ever segment, the electro pop artist, Blake Rose, talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
I didn’t grow up in a musical family. My parents were never the type to have records of their favorite artists playing in the house, so I never got that fundamental knowledge of ‘good’ music early on apart from my mum’s “Elvis Greatest Hits” CD, which she would play on road trips. As a result of this, I also never really grasped the concept of music or how albums, tours, or any of it worked together until I was a teenager. The only time I ever noticed if a concert was happening is when a big artist would come to town and have advertisements all over TV and pop radio. I was pretty much only finding new music on the iTunes charts. This is all just a precursor to help explain why the first concert I ever attended was Katy Perry.
Katy put on an awesome show but it’s obviously not the most boastful choice of a first concert. Basically I ended up there after I started dragging myself to singing lessons where my teacher and I started chatting about shows (I think I was about 13 or 14). She soon learned I had never set foot in a music venue and strongly suggested I go and see someone perform live. Being the numpty that I was, I thought that only A-list artists toured and performed and that all shows were at huge venues. So when I got home, I asked my parents if they could keep a lookout for any concerts coming up at Perth Arena. I can’t remember exactly how I got a hold of the ticket, but I think my parents either surprised me with it without consultation or they told me she was playing and I begged them to help me pay as it was for ‘educational purposes’. For my dignity, let’s just say it was the prior. By the way, I do literally mean ticket… Singular… No one came with me…
My cousin dropped me off at the arena where I walked in and took my seat all alone in the middle of a row sandwiched between a family and a group of friends. I legit had no idea what was going on but eventually Katy came on and I felt less like I was that guy who knew no one at the party (I’d never actually been to a party yet but are you even surprised?) The show itself was pretty insane. It was a massive spectacle and the energy in that room was electric. Her voice carried really well and the stage production was next level. Even though I wasn’t particularly a fan of Katy, and there was no real reason for going to that show other than just to see a show in general, I got a taste for how it might feel to be a part of a performance of that magnitude which was an incredible feeling and inspired me a lot… Enough to get home and instantly start searching for the next show I wanted to see which ended up being Ed Sheeran on his ‘X’ tour, which was a life changing moment for me.