Join us as JULES IS DEAD reveals the first concert they ever attended.


In this First Concert Ever segment, the pop punk artist, JULES IS DEAD, talks about the story of their first experience with live music. You can check out the story below:

My first-ever concert was AFI at the Hollywood Palladium on March 25, 2022. I discovered AFI through the video game Rock Band right when the first COVID quarantine hit. That was also the time when every show I had previously bought tickets for was getting canceled. Then, a label reached out to me and flew me out to Los Angeles for a week of studio sessions to work on demos, and AFI happened to be playing while I was there. I knew them from Rock Band, but "Girls Not Grey" was the only song by them I knew at the time. So, when I found out I was going to see them, I started listening to more of their discography. I still didn't know too many songs before the show, but I couldn't wait to see them. My Chemical Romance was my favorite band at the time, but seeing AFI live immediately bumped them to the top of my rankings.

I lined up a couple of hours before the doors opened and ended up getting pretty close to the barricade. As soon as the lights went down and "Strength Through Wounding" started playing, the crowd pushed forward, which I was not prepared for in the slightest. Honestly, it was a bit scary being pushed around in that pit because it was my first show, and I had no idea that was going to happen. What made me fall in love with AFI is how dedicated they are to being great live. They didn't need a big light show or visual setup, but their performance was so tight that you could tell they've been perfecting it for 30 years.

That show made me fall in love with the band and the atmosphere of shows in general. Seeing that many people there who all have such a deep emotional connection to this one artist is such a powerful feeling. Honestly, I cry at almost every show I go to because of it. That show changed a lot for me, especially showing me that side of AFI. Without loving them as much as I do now, a lot of my music would be completely different.

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