Mixtape Project 009. A Concert Chronolgy with Scott Fugger
Scott Fugger is an interviewer for 36vultures, an album reviewer for Funeral Sounds. This is The Mixtape Project. The goal of these features is for people to tell stories and curate a playlist that they feel works as a soundtrack to said story. Below, is a detailed chronology of shows that Scott has attended, and what piqued his interest in alternative music. Enjoy.
February 24, 2007 – The Black Parade World Tour – My Chemical Romance with Rise Against – New England Dodge Music Center – Hartford, CT
Growing up, all I listened to was country music. This changed in middle school, when I was introduced to the bands that would shape my musical life to come: Green Day, Fall Out Boy, Panic! At the Disco, and My Chemical Romance. These were my gateway bands and as my first concert, those gates burst wide open. Even though it was in an amphitheater, I was able to score tickets for general admission. I had anxiety over what would go on in the pit, but I reluctantly had my dad to make sure I was safe. “Thank You For The Venom” is one of My Chem’s most mosh-able songs and along with it is a story that I will always laugh at. There was a six or eight-person pit that opened in front of my dad with high schoolers playing a glorified version of ring around the rosie. My dad defends to this day that they began “targeting” him after he hip checked one of them, and forced us to move as far back as possible. Nonetheless, this was a life-changing experience that I will never forget, leading to so many more meaningful memories.
May 10, 2008 – Honda Civic Tour 2008 – Panic! At the Disco with Motion City Soundtrack, The Hush Sound, Phantom Planet, and Doug – Chevrolet Theater – Wallingford, CT
Again, we return to the “emo” fab four of the late 00’s and again the memories flood back. This time I had my older sister for protection rather than my father. When we purchased the tickets I made the decision to also sign us up for the Panic! At the Disco fan club, which entered us to win a meet and greet with the band. We were part of the select group that won and the resulting interaction was predictably awkward [see attached photo]. The only thing I remember about it is Spencer Smith randomly saying, “Did you know there’s a stream back there? We were hanging back there before.” I had no response besides an awkward chuckle. The biggest perk of the meet and greet was early entry to the venue, which mean that we were able to stake a spot literally in the front row of the pit. Phantom Planet and The Hush Sound put on spectacular shows and Motion City Soundtrack astounded me with Jesse Johnson’s keyboard handstands and Justin Pierre’s Sirius Black-like hair, and P!ATD was without a doubt on fire. “Mad as Rabbits” was the closer for the encore set and performed with an amazingly relaxed energy: the perfect way to remember the band’s Pretty. Odd. era.
July 23, 2008 – Warped Tour 2008 – Angels and Airwaves, The Devil Wears Prada, Say Anything, All That Remains, The Bronx, Reel Big Fish, Peirce the Veil, Against Me!, etc. – Comcast Center for the Performing Arts – Mansfield, MA
Ah, Warped Tour. How I’ve always loved you. 2008 was my first Warped Tour because it was the first time I could convince my mom to schlep me out of state. On the car ride up, my friend and I were unthinkingly singing Say Anything’s “Wow, I Can Get Sexual Too” (“I called her on the phone and she touched herself”). When my mom questioned us about its meaning we thought quickly and said it was about calling the pizza man. She saw right through it. It was an extremely memorable day from the moment I walked in and was asked to sign a “Bring back blink” shirt to helping the same person crowd surf in a box to throw the shirt up to Tom DeLonge on stage. Other highlights include Against Me! which was the very first band I saw that day, Say Anything (yes, they played the Pizza Man song), and getting trapped in the pit while fearing for my life during The Devil Wears Prada. Angels & Airwaves were the last band of the day and it was nothing short of magical, if slightly disappointing. Sets had been postponed earlier in the day due to rain, which eventually cleared, but the skies opened back up as soon as Angels & Airwaves took the stage to “The War.” Thunderbolts and lighting were apparently too frightening to the crew as the set got cut short in the interest of everyone’s safety. At the end of the day I was completely waterlogged, but couldn’t have been happier.
February 28, 2009 – Taste of Chaos 2009 – Thursday with Bring Me the Horizon, Pierce the Veil, Four Year Strong, Cancer Bats, and Ionia –Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
Taste of Chaos 2009 was one of the strangest shows I’ve ever been to and the tour was obviously on its last legs. It’s hard to say, but Thursday had no right to be headlining this show. That doesn’t mean they didn’t put on a great set (they did), but other than Daisy-gate (which we’ll talk about later), this is the only time I’ve seen so many people leave a concert before it was over; it felt like half of the audience was there solely for Bring Me the Horizon. Despite this, the concert stands out because it was the first concert I went to alone and was, therefore, the first time I was able to enter the fray. This was the only time I have seen Cancer Bats and, even though I didn’t know them beforehand, their short set had me leaving as a huge fan. The same went for Four Year Strong. The band all came on stage decked out in their FYS varsity hoodies and completely let loose. I gave into the moment, pushed my way forward, and had the most fun of any opener’s set ever. The energy in the room was electric and I haven’t seen a better set out of the band since. “Legends Get Remembered, Heroes Never Die” was an obvious fan-favorite, making it easy to go crazy without even knowing it.
April 22, 2009 – Silverstein with Blessthefall, Before Their Eyes, and A Static Lullaby – Webster Theater – Hartford, CT
Baby’s first mosh, the first time I saw my girlfriend, and the first time I saw the almighty Silverstein. Fresh off the release of A Shipwreck In The Sand, my personal favorite album, Silverstein immediately had me hook, line, and sinker. This band always does an amazing job at balancing their setlist for fans old and new, making the concert enjoyable for almost anyone. After this there was no looking back for me and Silverstein became solidified as one of my two favorite bands and one of the two whose vinyl I variant collect.
August 29, 2009 – blink-182 in Concert – blink-182 with Weezer, Taking Back Sunday, and Chester French – Comcast Theater – Hartford, CT
I never thought I’d have the chance to see blink-182. I remember when I found out, years after the fact, that they had broken up and being heartbroken. So at the announcement of a reunion and coinciding tour, I went for the pit tickets no matter how bad the price tag hurt. Believe me, it was worth it. This concert came the day after the death of friend of the band DJ AM and the most memorable part of the evening was the touching words they said as they transitioned into “Down.” The band ended up canceling the next couple of shows in order to mourn so I can’t imagine how hard it was for them to be up on stage and playing, but they put on a show that no one in the audience would soon forget.
March 12, 2011 – Leftöver Crack with Common Enemy, Product of Waster, The Havenotz, and Feet First – Heirloom Arts Theater – Danbury, CT
Listening to Leftöver Crack is certainly the most, if not only, truly punk thing about me, which made this concert a huge culture shock. This was my first real punk show and for as much as I knew about the genre, I was still very naïve. I’d never seen so many leather jackets and patches in one place before, but the crowd was just as engrossed in the music as any other concert I’d been to, if not more so. The concert ended in the most Leftöver Crack fashion with a wasted Stza yelling at someone in the back for supposedly taking a shirt off the wall and holding the crowd hostage until the crime was admitted to. After at least ten minutes of this standoff, something happened and the band finished their encore. It was probably the strangest experience I’ve had at a concert, but Leftöver Crack is still one hell of a band.
July 17, 2011 – Warped Tour 2011 – Simple Plan, Set Your Goals, The Wonder Years, Paramore, A Skylight Drive, etc. – Comcast Theater – Hartford, CT
By 2011, I considered myself to be a veteran of Warped Tour as it was my fourth consecutive year. I was surprised to have it return to Connecticut after its first stop in 2010, but glad to have it close by. The Wonder Years and Set Your Goals were the bands I was most excited for, but Simple Plan without a doubt took the best set of the day. Originally my girlfriend and I planned to catch the first half of Simple Plan’s set and then head out to watch the later half of A Day to Remember’s. However, the powers of nostalgia are strong and Simple Plan sounded every bit as perfect on stage as they do recorded and we ended up staying for the whole thing, while singing along to all the best hits.
September 24, 2011 – Silverstein with Conditions, Penfold, Brendan Rivera, Nova Paradox, and A Tempting Fate – Tuxedo Junction – Danbury, CT
Seeing your favorite band in a smaller venue than you ever expected is always a stellar experience. Stagediving during one of your favorite songs is even better. Falling on your head and almost passing out makes it both less and more memorable at the same time. That was the first and only time I’ve every stage dived, but it was also likely my only chance to be on stage with Silverstein. Totally worth it.
October 6, 2011 – People and Things Tour – Jack’s Mannequin backed by the Hartford Symphony Orchestra with Company of Thieves – The Bushnell Performing Arts Center – Hartford, CT
The first, and only, time I saw Jack’s Mannequin before their breakup. But it was a one-off show with a symphony orchestra backing them. And I had played with that symphony in high school. It’s a small, but awesome world. From the second row I had a killer view, in a legitimate theatre the acoustics were astounding, and with orchestral backing Jack’s Mannequin was better than ever. This evening was every bit as unique as you’d expect; these reimagined arrangements made the band soar. The standout of the evening “Caves,” which is an epic song on its own, but lends itself to additional ornamentation with beautiful effect. I still can’t believe that this wasn’t recorded and released in any shape or form.
December 1, 2011 – Max Bemis with Sherry Dupree Bemis – The Space – Hamden, CT
There’s something special about being packed in a sold out venue with a crowd of other fans. It’s even better when you all know every word and get to sing along acoustically. That’s exactly what happened at this concert and it gave us all a sense of unity. This was especially true when Max Bemis played “A Walk Through Hell.” After he finished he remarked how it was so touching that every single person knew the words even though the song had never been officially released.
November 16, 2012 – TAYF10 Tour – Taking Back Sunday with Bayside and The Menzingers – Best Buy Theater – New York, NY
Tell All Your Friends. 10 years. And just look at those openers! Seeing Taking Back Sunday play this album in full, with the original lineup, and in what was basically a hometown show was perfection. The band put on a show for the books, proving they could still rock it after all this time. They opened with a set of more recent work and greatest hits before launching into the album. It was every bit as exciting as you’d expect. When the album was complete the crowd slowly turned and walked out, stunned by the performance they had just seen.
May 19, 2013 – Skate and Surf 2013 – Leathermouth, A Day To Remember, Saves the Day, Bayside, etc. – Six Flags Great Adventure – Jackson, NJ
Skate and Surf’s triumphant return fell extremely short. It was disorganized, wet, and at a Six Flags. This all reflected on fans and bands alike leading to a weird energy and sub-par performances. However, Leathermouth were completely on their A-game. As their first show since 2009, they were feeling refreshed and ready to go. From the first note to the last, the set was a full on banger and an incredible experience. Frank Iero had to sing new lyrics to “I Am Going to Shoot the President of the United States of America” after being threatened by the secret service, but the crowd took over for him, singing the original words with inspiring disobedience.
December 20, 2013 – Brand New with The So So Glos – The Paramount – Huntington, NY
Ah, the infamous “Daisy-gate” show. The crowd came in expecting to hear Brand New play Your Favorite Weapon and Deja Entendu in full, but instead received The Devil and God Are Raging Inside Me and Daisy. A riot didn’t quite break out – just a “Deja” chant – but probably about half of the audience left after the first set. While Daisy isn’t my favorite album, I stayed though, enthralled by the mystical intensity of Brand New and truly in awe of their talent. Also, a large portion of the audience was talking throughout both of the sets, especially bothersome during the more mellow songs. Fuck Brand New fans.
April 18, 2014 – The Greatest Generation World Tour – The Wonder Years with Fireworks, Real Friends, Citizen, and Modern Baseball – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ
This show was cursed. The music must have been stopped at least four times due to people getting knocked out, and I’m pretty sure one even had a seizure. Despite this, Modern Baseball were one hell of an opener and The Wonder Years played probably the best set out of the fifteen plus times I’ve seen them. The run of “An Elegy For Baby Blue” into “I Was Scared and I’m Sorry,” along with the story Soupy told about how the songs are connected made me lose my shit, especially since I never thought I’d see either of these songs played live.