In this First Concert Ever segment, Nick Manzella, of the post-hardcore band, Downswing, talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
So the first concert I ever knowingly attended was to see one of my dad’s favorite bands Journey, and I believe Peter Frampton sometime in the late ’90s, early 2000’s. I was five maybe six years old.
We drove somewhere into Massachusetts I don’t remember specifically where, some giant amphitheater. It was just him and me, and I remember before the show fully got started we walked to one of the bathrooms closest to the stage.
Just around the corner, behind the side of the stage was “the whale” (what they used to call Jonathan Cain’s grand piano). Honestly, I’m not quite sure what it was, but seeing that thing in all its splendor sparkling bright red, most likely just cleaned and prepped for the gig, for some reason gave me the inspiration to want to learn more about music and to want to get and learn on my own instrument. So that show is really where it all started for me. I’ve been hooked on music ever since!