In this First Concert Ever segment, Michael Rubin, of the rock duo, King Falcon, talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
The first person that I ever saw in concert was Avril Lavigne. I might have been 8 or 9 years old at the time and the only song that I actually knew was “Sk8r Boi”. Unfortunately, I don’t really remember all the details of that show because of how young I was, but I do remember that it was the first time I saw people smoking weed. I asked my mom why the people next to us had “cigarettes that smelled funny” (maybe that’s why I don’t remember the show that well…?)
The concert I actually remember attending was Green Day. When I was a kid I was a diehard Green Day fan – who wasn’t? I used to wear spike belts, draw on my converse, and all that sort of punk rock stuff. I remember Billy Joe Armstrong pulled a kid up on stage to have him play a few songs with them. That kid took home an autographed guitar. I went home and learned every Green Day song note for note with the hopes that I would see them again and get called on stage. Who knows, it still might happen!
The most memorable and definitely the best show I have ever been to was Reel Big Fish with Less Than Jake at the Playstation Theatre (now called Palladium Times Square). James and I went after an 18-hour recording session of our own and I was unknowingly battling the flu. None of those things mattered. We were in that mosh pit all night and it was totally worth feeling horrendous the next few days! It was also the first time that James introduced me to Ska music which sort of sent me into an obsession with Sublime for a while. That’s a band I’m upset I never got to see live.
– Michael Rubin of King Falcon