In this First Concert Ever segment, Andrew Vela, guitarist of the metalcore band, The Sight Of Impact, talks about the story of his first experience with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
Every guitar guy I know always admits to having a soft spot for Classic Rock. Most say it’s the reason why they got into playing in the first place. I was 12 years old when I started to idolize these artists. Being so consumed with their music and attitude there was nothing that made me happier than when my mom handed me an envelope containing two tickets to see KISS.
The concert was in San Antonio, TX which was a 3.5-hour drive from where we lived. I prepared myself by watching music videos, live footage, and of course my favorite movie, Detroit Rock City. The road trip up there consisted of nothing but KISS songs from the first album all the way up to their most recent. Arriving at the parking lot was also a journey of its own. Seeing all the KISS fans walking around the entrance was exactly how the movie portrayed it to be. Tons of KISS makeup, merch, and music.
Watching them was exactly how I imagined it would be. They opened up with their famous line “You wanted the best, you got the best” as they descended down from above the stage. They played all the hits and encored with their famous song Rock and Roll All Night. To this day it has been the most electrifying musical showcase I’ve ever witnessed. I owe a lot of my musical background to bands like KISS and without them, I wouldn’t have taken this passion as far as I have today.