In this First Concert Ever segment, the pop rock artist, Samiah, talks about the story of her first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
So, my first concert actually happened in college. I went to see Periphery at the Paradise Rock Club in Boston with my roommate.
I had honestly never heard of Periphery before and I was extremely nervous because I didn’t know what to expect. I was not allowed to go to any of the concerts I wanted to while growing up. My parents always said they were dangerous. (In hindsight, I suspect they were deathly afraid of me being in the pit)
I remember that their singer Spencer opened the show apologizing because he was having vocal issues and even thanking doctors for keeping him together. As a music student at the time, I was thinking “Oh, I know how that is. Things won’t be perfect.” But he absolutely KILLED it! With the crazy-high range and everything!
It felt like that Peppa Pig moment when she realizes her friend can whistle and hangs up in shock. I was floored! I still cannot believe that was him on an off day. His voice, the stage presence, the lights, the wall of death. I knew it was where I belonged. (Sorry mom and dad)
Long story short, I left as a freaking fan! Fell in love with live shows and have seen many great bands since. I’ll also forever be jealous of Spencer’s vocal abilities. That performance is burned into my memory and became the standard I try to live up to vocally with my own live shows.