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In this First Concert Ever segment, the rap metal band, Scythe Gang 666, talks about the stories of their first experiences with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
Michael Vanson – Vocals
My first concert was Green Day, on the 21st Century Breakdown tour in Seattle.
I was still pretty young at the time, but I definitely waited a while until my first show. I didn’t really grow up in a ‘music family’ or have parents that introduced me to bands they used to listen to. I grew up in a very religious environment and rock music was either forbidden or frowned upon. I lived a very sheltered life until finally breaking out and becoming what I am now, so I didn’t go to a lot of concerts as a kid, but I remember getting tickets for this one as a birthday gift. It completely changed my life.
I’ll never forget when Billie Joe Armstrong first rushed out on stage and screamed at the audience. The energy was so electric. I was instantly hooked from that moment. Billie knows exactly how to control a crowd and get people going. Definitely a huge influence on me as a performer.
I went to the show with my father who left totally disgusted, exclaiming how he’d “Never heard so much swearing in his life” and how I’d never go to another one of those again. Even if he didn’t have a good time, that show was one of the fondest memories I ever had with my father.
After that night, I was completely addicted to concerts and made a point to go out whenever I had the chance even if I had to sneak out. I enjoyed concerts so much that I started getting into playing music myself and well…..here we are.
skimask the drumgod – Drums
The first show was Beastie Boys at Key Arena on the Hello Nasty tour. I was like 6, my dad’s company had box seats so I wasn’t in the pit or anything. They were my favorite band at the time, he used to blast Ill Communication on the living room stereo and I’d run around windmilling and spin kicking when Tough Guy came on. According to my mom, he made up a story that they had become a Christian band to get her to let him take me. I barely remember anything about the show itself besides thinking it was loud as hell but one thing that stuck out was that they had three full different instrumental setups for their hip-hop, funk, and punk shit. When they played Heart Attack Man I was trying to mosh in the box. Still got the shirt, my dad made me get an adult XL because he said I’d want to wear it forever and he was right.
Maezi Kacey – Guitar
My first concert was Dragonforce and it was hella sick. It was at the Roseland Theater in Portland, and I got there hella early to be like the first in line. I thought Dragonforce was like the sickest band when I was a kid like they were the only band I listened to. Like legit nothing else. The dude I went with was kind of a dick to me when I was a kid so I’m not including him in this interview, he’s good now but when we were kids was hella mean to me. I expected the show to be sick and it was. I caught ZP Threat’s water bottle and kept it for a minute, I don’t remember where I left it though so I don’t know if I have it anymore. I wish I knew where it was cause ZP is in Skid Row now and I could probably sell it. I would hella like to meet Sebastian Bach though.
King Zabb – Bass
The first real band I saw live was Limp Bizkit. I’m a lifelong pro wrestling fan and had the opportunity to go to Wrestlemania XIX in Seattle way back in 2003 where they played The Undertaker to the ring. I was in elementary school at the time and that was the first WWE Pay Per View I had ever attended. My dad and I had seats in the second to last row made the action hard to see but didn’t affect my excitement. I was just happy to be at the event. Wrestlemania XIX would turn out to be Stone Cold Steve Austin’s last match and the show Brock Lesnar famously botched his only televised shooting star press, only adding to the legendary status of my first live band experience. My music tastes were heavily sculpted by pro wrestling at that time. WWE would release compilation CDs with the wrestlers’ entrance themes which I would then listen to on my walkman. Fred Durst was an unlockable character in a WWE Playstation 2 game I had gotten for Christmas so it was cool for me to see him play “Rollin'” live. Long story short, your Triple Six Champion of the world saw Limp Bizkit at Wrestlemania. What a time to be alive.
Joshua Weidling Owner/Founder
I'm the owner & founder of Digital Tour Bus. I started the company in my dorm room during my freshman year of college. I have a degree in Marketing from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Outside of music and going to concerts, I'm a big fan of stand-up comedy, playing board games, trying the most amazing unhealthy food, and watching really mediocre comedy tv shows.