In this First Concert Ever segment, the metalcore band, Advents, talks about the story of their first experiences with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
Nor: My first concert was actually a surprise from my Dad. I was in middle school at the time and just getting into rock music. I remember my dad coming home from work and asking me “what’s the name of that band you always listen to?” So I told him it was “Good Charlotte”, who was my favorite artist at that time. The next day, he returned home and surprised me with tickets to see Good Charlotte and Acceptance in NYC. I’ll never forget feeling the kind of energy that you can only feel at a live show. I’ve been addicted since!
Joe: I went to see Metallica, the greatest band of all time, at Madison Square Garden when I was 14 with my Dad. I had high expectations heading in, which were completely shattered and exceeded beyond anything I could have imagined. That night was special for many reasons – too many to list here. It’s one I’ll never forget, not only for the show itself, or the fact that Metallica played The Shortest Straw but for the moments where I repeatedly said to myself throughout the night, “I’m going to do this one day”.
Kevin: I first became interested in heavy music around the 8th grade through playing Guitar Hero and through a friend I had at the time. My first live concert was a Bullet For My Valentine and All That Remains show in 2009 at Starland Ballroom in Sayreville, NJ. I went with a friend who also played guitar and who I was trying to make a band with at that time. I had no idea what to expect, being that it was my first show and a heavy one as well. I always remember that from that day forward, my goal was to play that venue. A few years later, I had the opportunity to do so with my old band, Monument of a Memory, on multiple occasions.
Anthony: My first show I can recall was in Philly to see Billy Talent, Rancid, and Rise Against. Never heard of Billy Talent prior but left the show a fan and continued to listen to them following the show. Rancid was rad – I ended up losing my friends during their set since we all got separated in the chaos. Rise Against, then and now, is still one of my favorite bands. Thankfully, I found my friends during one of our favorite songs of theirs. Towards the end of their set, it started raining, so they closed out the show with their song “Dancing for Rain”. Awesome show and definitely in my Top 5 to this day.
Seb: My first *impactful* concert was Metallica. I remember seeing the opener – some local death metal band called Nervecell. I was completely blown away by Nervecell’s brutality and performance, and I ended up falling in love with the heavier side of music. I was living in the UAE at the time and went with 2 of my best friends; shoutout to Laith and Omar if you’re reading this. I remember standing in line forever to get in just to make sure I could get to the front. I was so young and excited to go to one of my first metal shows. I lived a portion of my life in a shitty desert town outside of Dubai, so getting to see a big band like Metallica play live in Dubai was such a crazy experience, as not many bands came out that way. I had no expectations going in, but all of them would have been surpassed anyway. The opener was amazing, Metallica absolutely killed it, and I remember leaving with one of the biggest adrenaline rush highs I’ve had to date.