In this First Concert Ever segment, Adam Ramey, from the rap metal band, Dropout Kings, talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
The first concert I ever went to was Shadows Fall, Lamb of God, and Slipknot. I remember I was 12 years old and my dad and my uncle had to convince my mom to let me go. It was mainly my uncle who was convincing my mom to let me go. My dad didn’t want to start an argument because he knew the answer was no. My uncle burned me my first mix cd’s and that’s how I got into nu metal. System of a Down, Slipknot, and Mudvayne were some of the main things I was jamming all the time. I was fully obsessed. I wasn’t into anything as a kid. I didn’t like comic books or superheroes, but I LOVED music. My dad introduced me to mainstream metal, but my uncle really showed me what underground metal was at the time. It immediately changed my perspective on what I thought as possible in music.
All I did was play video games and listen to these mixtapes. Waiting, HOPING I could see it LIVE one day. After weeks of begging, my mom agreed to let my uncle and my dad take me to the concert. I had no idea what to expect. I was excited and nervous at the same time. I remember it was at a huge stadium in Arizona. U.S airways. I’ve never seen so many people in one place that liked the same music I did. I thought we were the only ones. I was blown away this many people knew about this stuff. I also knew it was going to be pretty crazy walking in there, but not THAT crazy. There were some pretty crazy pits and a bunch of people lit shirts on fire in a huge pile and the flames were massive and people were having a circle pit around it and jumping through it. Being 12 at the time, it was pretty insane to see. I knew after that night all I wanted to do was music. I continued to go to more and more shows over time, but honestly, nothing was quite as insane as that first concert. I’m not sure if it was because it was my first show ever because it was so shocking, or if it really was just THAT epic, but honestly, it’s just one of those things that was so crazy and inspiring that it’s hard to put into words. After that night I really feel like I was different forever. In many ways, it turned out to be true.