In this First Concert Ever segment, Brady Parks of the indie folk band, The National Parks, talks about his first concert ever. You can check out the feature, after the break.
The first concert I remember going to was when I was a freshman in high school. I was a die-hard Weezer fan and the day they announced they were coming to Denver I started scheming because I didn’t have any money and I couldn’t drive. I was able to convince my parents to buy me a ticket and I talked my older brother and his wife into getting in on the action with me. The show was months away but the anticipation was fierce.
On the day of the show, my brother started getting crazy back spasms and had to go to the hospital. When I got home from school my mom told me and even though my first reaction should have been concern for my brother’s well-being I was really more worried about getting to the show. Fortunately, he got cleared to go (with the help of a lot of pain killers and muscle relaxants) so we dressed up in our argyle sweaters and black rimmed glasses, just like Rivers Cuomo would have wanted, and made our way to the Pepsi Center.
Kaiser Chiefs opened the show and I became an instant fan. Weezer was up second and my mind was blown. I remember singing “Say it Ain’t So” from the top of my lungs. I couldn’t believe I was actually seeing my favorite band live for my first concert. Foo Fighters headlined and put on an amazing show too but what I remember most about their set is the lasers and light production because my older brother was sort of tripping out because of all of medication he was on for his back. It was a memorable night and a great first concert.