In this First Concert Ever segment, Brian, from the alternative rock duo, Motoclub, talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
The year is 2009, we were best friends growing up in Tulsa, Oklahoma, and our older brothers showed us a new CD they had just bought. It was Cage the Elephant’s debut album, and we instantly loved it. This is the album that included: In one Ear, Ain’t no Rest for the wicked, Back against the Wall, and many other brilliant songs. We thought they were the coolest band we had heard, they had their own instantly recognizable sound, well-written songs that were huge radio hits.
When we heard they were coming to Tulsa (something many of our favorite bands never did), the tickets were cheap and we convinced our parents we were old enough to go see them by ourselves. The concert was at the historic Tulsa Theater in the arts district downtown. We were nervous and felt much younger than the rest of the crowd.
The opening band was AWOLNATION, who later had the hit single “Sail”. We were awestruck by the intensity of their stage performance. We’d never seen anything like it. And not only was their stage performance overwhelming, add the fact that this was our first concert we’d ever been to. So the stuff that most of us are used to at this point in our lives, at the time, felt brand new: the lights, the crowd, feeling the bass in your chest, the mob of strangers singing at the top of their lungs in unison. It was life-altering to say the least. After a brief intermission, Cage the Elephant came out and opened with In one Ear. Instantly the crowd was singing along, the floor was shaking, the energy somehow increased even more. The stage presence and tightness of the band was so impressive that we seemingly sat like a deer in headlights amidst a crowd of raving fans. They were everything we imagined a rock band was and everything we wanted to be. We went home and played music all night hoping one day we might have a sliver as much talent as they had.
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