In this First Concert Ever segment, the synthpop artist, Cardioid, talks about the story of her first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
It was the summer of ’95 and all I could listen to was Led Zeppelin’s “D’yer Mak’er,” The Beach Boys’ “Surfer Girl,” or The Cranberries. I went to summer camp that year with my Discman and metal headphones strapped to my bed, and every night “Zombie” put me to sleep.
When I started fifth grade that year, my two best friends at the time, Jodi and Stephanie, informed me that The Cranberries would be playing an amphitheater in Chicago and that Jodi’s mom would drive us to the concert. I couldn’t believe I was going to see them perform “Ode to My Family,” “Linger,” “Dreams”… the list goes on.
On the day of the show, we were pumped, as we could feel this rite of passage upon us. Jodi’s mom picked me up, and we were off. Out of nowhere, it started to rain… a lot. With our fingers crossed that we wouldn’t be sitting in the downpour, we walked to our seats and were placed just outside of the roof perimeter – right under the water cascading down! Although our seats drenched, we powered through, even with the stage basically out of sight due to our short stature.
I will never forget hearing those songs, the tourists in front of us singing every word to every song, arm in arm, dry.