In this First Concert Ever segment, the hard rock band, Blue Helix, talk about their first concerts ever. You can check out the feature, after the break.
I was 15 years old when I went to my first show to see my favorite band Green Day. I waited in line for 8 hours in the rain in South Florida to get in early enough to be in the front row. I knew the singer Billy Joe Armstrong loved the book The Catcher in the Rye and even wrote a song about it called “Who Wrote Holden Caulfield”. At the time I was reading it in school, so I asked my teacher Mr. Freudenburg if he would let me take a copy to the show try and see if I could manage to get it signed. Right after they played Basketcase, Billy looked at me and said, in what I thought sounded like a British accent, “Is that the Catcher in the Rye”? To my excitement, I said yes! He said to me “Throw it up here”. I threw it to him not too hard and not too soft, the book hit his hand, then his chest then his hand again as it quickly found its way to the floor. Then they started playing Longview, and the book sat on the stage the entire night. I was hoping he would at some point pick it up, read something from it, sign it then hand it back. That, of course, was just a dream. LOL. I tried getting the book back after they left the stage but the stage crew were jerks and I lost the book. My teacher was cool about it and said, “well at least he acknowledged you”. I thought he would be upset about it, but Mr. F was to cool for school. The show was great! They even played my favorite song “J.A.R”. -Sami Chohfi, Guitar/Vocals
It was a great day back on November 18th, 2000 as my favorite band, Symphony-X was set to play their first ever show in São Paulo, Brasil. All my childhood friends were very excited to see them, I was inside the venue, called CIA do Brasil if I remember right, packed full. All of a sudden the members of the band start walking through the fans to get to the stage to play, I will never forget that. After the show, we went to a place to eat, and while we were eating at this place at like 2AM, the vocalist (Russell Allen) and the drummer (Jason Rullo) walked into the same place we were at. We did not talk or ask for anything since they looked tired, but that was a great moment for sure, to see them as “normal human beings -Marco Bicca, Drummer
My first show was in California when I was 15. I saw Korn. I was with my dad and I was wearing a shirt that said: “Trust me, I’m a professional”. To my surprise, one of the bouncers/security dudes said, “you can’t wear that shirt, people will think you are one of the stage crew”. Being young and naive I said ok, I took it off, handed it to him and asked my dad to buy me a Korn Shirt. That’s how I got my first concert Tee. Korn, of course, was amazing, but it got better. In the Mosh pit two super hot girls who were half dressed started getting close to me, and in my personal bubble (which I thought was great), and then they started pouring liquor into my mouth. My dad didn’t say anything, he just let me get drunk with these two hot girls. Man, what a nice memory. -Brandon ‘Wolf’ Gebhardt, Bassist
I was 10 or 11 when I went to my first concert. It was Skillet at a festival in downtown Portland. I remember going deep into the mosh pit area and losing my friend. Most of all, I was in awe of watching people get lifted up to crowd surf. I remember wanting to crowd surf so bad. But I never did. I just watched the people and enjoyed the live music. Still to this day I have never crowd surfed. It’s still a dream of mine though – just maybe now I’d like to do it with my instrument in hand. -Arman Birang, Guitarist