In this First Concert Ever segment, the pop artist, Josh Reck, talks about his first concert ever. You can check out the feature, after the break.
The first concert I ever went to was in 2011 here in my hometown, Sydney, Australia. I’d just started taking singing lessons (I was 13 years old) and at the time Rihanna was killing it on the charts. It’s fair to say I was and still am a big fan of her music and that angelic voice of hers. It was the Loud Tour I went to, the one with the pink military tank just off to the left of the front of the stage. I was heavily influenced by all the big pop artists at the time so this concert was a really big deal for me! I also have to mention that Calvin Harris was the pre-show support act/DJ for the concert. This was pretty much just before he started to become really big too.
I didn’t know much about DJ’s at the time, but it sounded and felt good.
I could remember my anticipation of the concert in the weeks leading up. Until finally, the huge arena, the booming bass, the crowd doing Mexican waves and the screams of all the teenage girls. It was such a new environment for me, something I needed to see to realize, as a singer and musician, what was possible. Literally, every song of hers is a massive hit, which meant never a dull moment. I remember the talented guitarist, who goes by the name of Nuno Bettencourt. Seeing and hearing how he played made me take guitar more seriously, to accompany my singing. What a show it was! The band was tight, each song was better than the last and the visuals on the screen behind her and the lights just made it an awesome show. If that wasn’t enough, Rihanna had her dancers there to accompany her. I won’t forget the treadmill she had built into the stage, that was a pretty cool addition. I don’t think any of the concerts I’ve gone to have used as many props as Rihanna did, with the exception of P!NK, But let’s just say Rihanna delivered more than I ever could’ve anticipated at that concert. It was a truly memorable first concert.
I have to say the whole concert experience itself made me want to pursue music even more than I already did because I wanted to make people feel exactly the same as the way I left that concert that night. After that, I started going to more and more concerts which further influenced me to build my career and become my own artist.