In this First Concert Ever segment, the rap rock band, Thousand Thoughts, talks about the stories of their first experiences with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
The first concert I ever went to was Foo Fighters 2008 at Wembley stadium it was a very last-minute decision to go to that gig but one that most definitely changed the course of my life. By that point, I’d already been playing drums for 4 years so I was in awe of Taylor Hawking and knew every back catalogue b-side and from that point, I’ve invested a ridiculous amount of my life to music. ✌️
The first concert I ever went to would’ve been Madness at Wembley Arena when I was 7 years old. I’d been obsessed with music quite literally since I was 2 years old so going to a show felt more like a natural thing to happen than a big moment, and my family took me to see loads of the childhood artists I loved, so long as they could tolerate the music (Muse, U2, Roger Waters, etc.). But the first I attended of my own volition was Dream Theater, again at Wembley Stadium when I was 16. By this point, they’d been far and away my favourite band for some years now, and seeing them live was easily the most inspiring moment of my entire musical career. I wanted to be just like them, and everybody that loved them came to their gigs because of their talent before anything else. I didn’t have the part of me as a kid that wanted to be a rockstar really. Seeing some guys stand there on stage, not even really trying to put on a show, yet blow people away with just their sound – that really made me realise what I love about music. Safe to say that evening really gave me a kick up the arse to start practicing a lot more. Over the years I’ve grown that part of me who wants to put on a show, but the better I get at guitar the less I have to worry about what I’m playing and I can spend my time trying to figure out if I’d hurt myself jumping off an amp stack; so it’s all worked out quite nicely really.
The first concert I ever went to was Evanescence ten years ago in Wembley Arena with my Dad which was awesome. Always been a sucker for Evanescence, one of my mum’s favourite bands that ended up becoming one of mine. Just that whole era of music really, the early 2000s, influenced me growing up and even still influences me now. Amy Lee’s vocals give me chills, but at the time I hadn’t heard Evanescence really swear so as a 14-year-old watching Amy run on stage screaming “WHAT THE FUCK IS UP LONDON” as the crowd roared was probably the most awesome moment that made me want to be on that stage one day. It also got me craving more concerts, and motivated me to go see other artists I loved and the addiction began! Quite a crazy story actually though, 8 years later I had a pint with Steven Battelle of ‘LostAlone’ talking about music and writing together… they opened for Evanescence that night, so technically were the first band I saw in an arena. 14-year-old me would’ve shat his pants if he knew.
My first concert was Green Day at Wembley Stadium! They were one of my favourite bands as a kid and were actually one of the bands that really got me into guitar, mainly because their songs are relatively simple and fun to play. I must have been about 11 or 12. I do remember being upset because at the time I was too short to stand in the pit, so I had to go all the way to the back seats to be able to actually see anything! Got a sweet shirt though and I had fun overall. It also planted the seed that would grow into me wanting to me a musician, writer and performer. Seeing the band play, watching them interact with the audience and seeing the crowd cheer and sing along to the songs was cathartic and I remember thinking “this is sick, I want to do this”. 10 + years later and I’m still on that path.