In this First Concert Ever segment, the indie pop duo, ill peach, talks about the story of their first experiences with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
Jess: My first concert was Cher. I felt really sheltered musically growing up in Wyoming where mostly everyone was a huge fan of country music. I didn’t really ever feel drawn to country music, yet really had no strong outlet for culture and music. Wyoming is beautiful, but really it contains itself within a small bubble. The closest big city was Salt Lake City and that was where my mom or grandma would take us for concerts or theater. Going to a Cher concert could be equivalent to probably going to a Lady Gaga concert these days. It was definitely the first time I was fully introduced to a mainly LGBTQ crowd and I loved it. It was exciting and fun. Definitely gave me a taste of the “outside world”. And probably inspired more of my daydreaming and want to be different.
It’s tough for me to answer questions like this because I really do realize I had little exposure to what other kids were experiencing. Compared to Pat, I feel like my intake of music, culture, and art at a young age was low. But obviously I felt a connection to all of it, or I wouldn’t be here today.
Pat: My first concert was Sum 41 with GOB opening in Minneapolis. I was in 5th grade. As soon as I got into the venue, I saw a guy with glue spiked hair puke on some girl at the merch table before the show started. He was like 40 or something. It was also the first time I saw a mosh pit. I was so freaked I almost peed but also thought it was the coolest shit I’d ever seen. I don’t really remember how the band sounded I just know that I wanted to come back to that venue the next day whoever the band was. It didn’t matter I just fell super hard in love with live shows.