In this First Concert Ever segment, the pop punk band, Macseal, talks about the stories of their first experiences with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
Ryan — The first concert I went to that I remember was called “Liberty Jam” when I was ten years old. It was a festival in Liberty State Park with a bunch of bands I had never heard of at the time. I saw Cheap Trick, The Fab Faux, George Clinton, and The Smithereens. It had poured the night before, and the entire area was mud. I remember running to get a guitar pick that Rick Nielsen, the guitarist of Cheap Trick, threw into the audience, and slipping and falling flat on my face in the mud.
Justin — Our town does a free concert series every summer. So back in 2006 (I was 10), the town got Marshall Tucker Band to come through, and my mom took my sister and me. The first concert I bought tickets to though, was in 2011 for Foo Fighters at MSG for their “Wasting Light” Tour. It was a really cool show, I sat up in the grandstand and the Joy Formidable and Social Distortion opened. Bob Mould came out to sing “Dear Rosemary,” and during their 7 song encore, Joan Jett came out and sang “Bad Reputation.”
Cole — I went to see Leslie West/Mountain, who does that song “Mississippi Queen,” when I was 8 years old. It was with my dad and current guitar teacher at the time (hi Dean). After every song, he would crank his amp up more and more—it was the loudest thing I had ever heard at that point. I had to have been the youngest person there by at least 20 years, so the guitar tech let me up on stage after the gig. It was great. Leslie West signed my CD and promptly told me “not to sell that shit on eBay, kid.” I took his advice and didn’t.
Francesca – The first show I remember going to was the Taste of Chaos festival in 2008. Avenged Sevenfold, Atreyu, Bullet for My Valentine and Blessthefall all played. My dad brought my sister, my best friend and I, but I don’t think he knew what kind of show he was getting himself into, or why his 12-year-old daughter wanted to go so bad. I ended up losing my glasses during Atreyu’s set from headbanging so much and was so impressed with how fast the drummers were capable of playing.