In this First Concert Ever segment, the metalcore band, Wind Walkers, talks about the stories of their first experiences with live music. You can check out the story, after the break.
The 1st show I attended was way back when I was a wee lad. July 6th, 2003 it was Metallica’s Summer Sanitarium Tour with Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Mudvayne, and Deftones at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro MA. Looking back it’s pretty insane how stacked that show was. Metallica still to this day is my favorite band. They are single-handedly the reason I became obsessed with music in general. Seeing live music for the first time solidified my path as a musician. I went home that night started pinching pennies and within a couple of months bought my first bass guitar a couple of months later.
My first show was hardly even a show, but the thrill was all the same. I was about 16 years old and I had just joined my first band. For some reason, we thought it would be a good idea to put on a showcase during our school lunch. “Who wouldn’t love a little pop punk performance during their 40 minutes of freedom?”… turns out literally everyone. We played our hearts out and had the time of our life. Not one shirt was sold that day, but it was the first time I felt that rush of performing. If I could go back I would play in front of 200 unamused kids again in a heartbeat.
Neil and Tim:
Our first show was actually the same one. It was back in 2007 and Trivium had recently released one of their first albums called Ascendancy. That cd was incredibly influential to us and helped us to discover the metalcore genre. I remember it was a Wednesday night so we had quite the time trying to convince our mom to let us go to a concert on a school night haha. Eventually, she caved and drove us to The Palladium out in Worcester. The concert began with a band called Zao and immediately kids began going crazy. It was like nothing we had ever seen before. The place lit up and I still remember the electric feeling it gave me. In Flames we’re up next. A band I had never really gotten into but I remember their guitar players were incredible. Finally, Trivium started playing and I remember thinking how I would give anything to do what they were doing. After the show, I went to the merch table and bought a drum head that was signed by the band (a piece of memorabilia I still have to this day haha.) That show definitely helped push us to start playing music and without it, I don’t think we’d be where we are today!
I actually played in the first show I ever attended lol. My first show was a townwide gathering in the town common. I was in 8th grade and was playing drums that weren’t mine. It was the first and only show for my first band, The Manhattan Project. We covered punk songs and played a few originals, mostly to parents. After we finished playing, we signed autographs for young kids like the rockstars we were. Of course, we sucked and sounded horrible, but it was the beginning of a beautiful part of my life.