In this First Concert Ever segment, Eddie Tamanini, singer of the pop rock band, Nothing but a Nightmare, talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
I’ve been to many shows in my day, I look at them as learning experiences for sure. They make me better as an artist. When I was 15 years old I went with my mom to see Maroon 5 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia. My mom has, and always will be my concert-going buddy, and this show really helped solidify for me that music was my career path.
I don’t think anyone can truly understand the magnitude of an arena tour until you’re actually there. The boom of the drums rumbles through your body and you feel the music in a way that’s completely unique. The opener for the tour was Rozzi Crane, to whom I met after her set and the band Magic. When Maroon 5 hit the stage, it was electrifying, I remember they opened up with their song “Animal” and the whole crowd went absolutely nuts. I guess at the time I never really understood the concept of a concert until I was there.
However, my overall takeaway from that first concert was not necessarily the music, more or less I was intrigued by the logistics and productional elements of the whole tour. The idea that it probably took 3-4 tractor-trailers full of stuff and a huge crew to put a show of this magnitude together in a short amount of time. It really was an unbelievable experience for me and sparked my love for performing and concert-going.