In this First Concert Ever segment, the indie rock duo, Glom, talks about the stories of their first experiences with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
The first concert I went to that I actually cared about was Fleet Foxes around 2009. They were playing at the 9:30 club in DC. As my friends and I approached the club, we noticed a tall man with extremely long hair and a large beard (kind of a Davy Jones from Pirates of the Caribbean vibe) standing outside speaking with an older man. We realized it was J Tillman (now known as Father John Misty), who was the Fleet Foxes drummer at that time, and one of our idols. As we gazed upon him from across the street, we joked that the older man was his dad, since it seemed silly to us high schoolers that a big famous touring musician would be publicly talking to his father outside the entrance of the legendary 9:30 club.
When the man walked away, Tillman was vulnerable enough for us to approach him, and when we started talking to him he was like “oh hey guys, I was just talking to my dad.” Turned out he was originally from the Rockville, MD area, close enough to DC for his dad to stop by and say hello. We got a picture with JT and then the show was incredibly inspiring to our young ears.
The first concert I ever went to is slightly comical to me. It was summer 2001 and I was 8 years old. My dad won tickets on the radio to see the National Symphony Orchestra play the Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring soundtrack live. Why is this funny? I had never seen Lord of the Rings and neither did my dad nor did we have any interest in seeing it.
It was summertime and the concert was outdoors. My dad picked me up from summer camp and he refused to buy any food in the venue so we stopped at Arby’s on the way to the show. The day was a lot of firsts because this was also the first time I ever had Arby’s.
We entered the venue and found our seats in the radio station’s box. We also discovered that there was a bag of promotional materials from the venue and the radio station at our seats so I immediately began playing with the handheld battery-powered fan while we waited for the concert to start. The concert started and about halfway through my dad got tired and wanted to drive home so I packed up my souvenirs and followed. I still haven’t enjoyed the Lord of the Rings films and don’t eat at Arby’s anymore.