In this First Concert Ever segment, the pop rock band, CASEA, talks about the story of their first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
In 2007 Eddie Money headlined a show in Toledo, Ohio. I had just turned 11 and had never heard of Eddie or his music. My family and I found our seats and waited for the show to start. Eddie was running late and the crowd was restless. What seemed like an hour passed before he appeared from his tour bus. He was accompanied by multiple women as he approached the stage. Finally, the show began. I remember being blown away by their guitar player. I had never witnessed that level of skill before. Overall it was pretty cool and I’m glad I got to experience it.
In 2009 I was a freshman in high school and my friends and I had become huge fans of Avenged Sevenfold. We finally convinced our parents to take us to an Avenged Sevenfold/Korn concert at DTE in Detroit. At this point in my life, I was still a bedroom guitar player and hadn’t really been in any serious bands yet. However, after seeing A7X play and experiencing how electrifying and fantastic they were, I knew that music was something I wanted to do. A few months after that show was when the Rev passed away, so that show will always be special to me for those reasons.
My first concert was in 2013 when I was in the 8th grade. I went to an event in Battle Creek, Michigan, which hosted many bands all weekend in a decent-sized hall. The highlight of the night was Sanctus Real, and it was a blast to be there. They kept the crowd engaged and energized and their music was great. I remember getting one of their CD’s and downloading the files onto my Nintendo 3DS to listen to music because I didn’t have an iPod yet and that was the only way I could listen to music portably. Their concert and music were really what inspired me to get into music and I’d say they’re still a big influence on my own musical ideas today.
Growing up, my favorite band was always Relient K, so when they announced a 10-year anniversary tour of my favorite album I knew I had to go. I remember the excitement for months leading up to the concert and knew as soon as I felt that kick drum throughout the whole room that I wanted to have this experience onstage. Relient K was my first concert and has led to a love for live performances and a strong desire to go on a tour of my own.
In 2010, Linkin Park was playing at Joe Louis Arena in Detroit. They were one of my favorite bands at the time so my mom decided to take me and my brothers. Seeing the GA floor filled with hundreds of people was crazy to me. The show was amazing and I wish I could go back and relive this moment. I didn’t realize it at the time, but I think it was a reason why I got into music.