In this First Concert Ever segment, the indie rock artist, Overstreet (who you may remember for his role as Sam Evans on Fox’s Glee), talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
The first concert I went to was to see Aerosmith when I was 16. My brother, Nash Overstreet, had gotten me a ticket to the show. I was going with him and his bandmates in Hot Chelle Rae and, little did I know, they all had backstage passes to see Steven Tyler and the guys before the show. I couldn’t have been more excited!
I waited on Nash and the rest of the guys in front of the venue for over an hour in the rain. Turns out they had gotten stuck in some work stuff and they didn’t let me know that they were going to be late. I was waiting out in front of the venue for so long, the local security guards actually asked me to leave. They accused me of scalping tickets and VIP passes to other fans and threatened to have me arrested if I didn’t leave the premises. I kept asking “why would I literally stand in front of the venue, in plain sight, and try to scalp tickets? And I have backstage passes to AEROSMITH! Why would I ever sell those?”
Eventually, my brother and the Hot Chelle Rae guys showed up and we made it into the show. The bummer for me was that the band only had four backstage passes and there were four of them in the band. As disappointed as I was that I didn’t get to meet Aerosmith, I had a life-changing experience. As you can imagine, they put on an amazing show and Steven Tyler was everything a rock star should be. Aerosmith is probably my favorite band to this day and I’m sure it being my first concert probably has a lot to do with that. Although it helps to have hits and a killer frontman!
(photo credit: Jack Buster)