The Used Live in Seattle

The Used Live in Seattle
THE USED

Photo by Jamie MacDonald

The Used, celebrating 15 years in the music industry and fresh off the heals of their April 1st Live and Acoustic At The Palace Album release, kicked off their 2016 celebratory 16 city tour in Seattle Washington on April 5th.   Scheduled for 2 nights in each of the 16 cities, the band will play two albums in their entirety at each stop on the tour.   Night one will feature their self titled freshman album The Used which topped out at #63 on the Billboard 200 Charts.   Night two will focus on their sophomore album In Love and Death, which rocketed to #6 on the Billboard 200.

The band founded in 2001 in Orem, Utah, is comprised of original band members;  Bert McCracken on vocals and Jeph Howard on bass.  Joining them is long time drummer Dan Whitesides and newcomer Justin Shekoski on lead guitar.

At first the crowd at the Showbox in SoDo was slow to show, and was at a scant 587 just ½ hour before the opening act The New Regime took that stage at 8 PM.   Then seemly in a tidal wave of humanity, the crowd grew to capacity by the start of the main act.  The stage was set with the artistic leanings off of their album cover, featuring a plethora of mannequins adorned with varying degrees of symbols, black electrical tape and lyrical reverences.   Set against an implied city scape illustrated in black and white, drummer Dan Whitesides towered over his band mates from a raised drum stand.

Right from the start, Bert and his band mates were in full performance mode. The animated lead singer acted as a symphony conductor often spending large portions of the first 2 songs Maybe Memories and The Taste of Ink, coxing the fans to sing along rather than singing himself. The enthusiastic energy of The Used’s adoring fans was palpable and clearly McCracken was loving every minute of it.

While the lead singer worked the crowd his band mates threw down some driving rock that had legs of its own even in the absence of McCrakens lyrical partnership.   Bass player Jeph Howard in his red shoes and fedora hat, was the most reserved of the bunch bringing with him a quiet intensity.  Drummer Whitesides meanwhile was everything you would want in a rock drummer providing a driving beat and consistent pocket for this band mates to work in.   Newcomer Justin Shekoski who joined the band in 2015, fills the space with his face melting guitar and animated performance.

Long time fans had the opportunity to pull out their internal picture album and relive their audio phonic past in all its glory.  Filled with pain, hurt, love and discontent, the songs once very relatable to the then 15-17 year olds, continued to draw in the now 30-32 year old fans in attendance.

As the band played its way though the 12 songs of the album, the crowd pulsed, surfed, banged and sang right along, matching them step for step. One attendee stated that of the 50 concerts he had been to so far this year, this one was by far the best.

Following the completion of their set list as the band walked off stage, the chant “one more song” was heard.  After filing back on stage the band let loose with Choke Me, one of the hidden songs on track 12 following Pieces Mended.   As a first time attendee of a The Used concert,  I was left wanting more and in entertainment that’s what its all about.

Set List

Maybe Memories
The Taste of Ink
Bulimic
Say Days Ago
Poetic Tragedy
Buried Myself Alive
A Box Full of Sharp Objects
Blue and Yellow
Greener With the Scenery
Noise and Kisses
On My Own
Pieces Mended
Encore: Choke Me

Upcoming Tour Dates:

April 12 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
April 13 – Marquee Theatre – Tempe, AZ
April 15 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX *SOLD OUT*
April 16 – House of Blues – Dallas, TX *SOLD OUT*
April 19 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL
April 20 – House of Blues – Orlando, FL
April 22 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
April 23 – Rams Head Live – Baltimore, MD
April 26 – Playstation Theater – New York, NY
April 27 – Playstation Theater – New York, NY
April 29 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ *SOLD OUT*
April 30 – Starland Ballroom – Sayreville, NJ *SOLD OUT*
May 3 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
May 4 – Electric Factory – Philadelphia, PA
May 6 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
May 7 – House of Blues – Boston, MA
May 10 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
May 11 – Royal Oak Music Theatre – Royal Oak, MI
May 13 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
May 14 – The Rave – Milwaukee, WI
May 17 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL *SOLD OUT*
May 18 – House of Blues – Chicago, IL *SOLD OUT*
May 20 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
May 21 – Ogden Theatre – Denver, CO
May 24 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
May 25 – Brooklyn Bowl – Las Vegas, NV
May 27 – The Novo – Los Angeles, CA *SOLD OUT*
May 28 – The Novo – Los Angeles, CA *SOLD OUT*
May 30 – Observatory – Santa Ana, CA *SOLD OUT*
May 31 – Observatory – Santa Ana, CA *SOLD OUT*
June 4 – Observatory – Santa Ana, CA
June 5 – Observatory – Santa Ana, CA

Editors Note:

Photography and Review Contributed by Jamie MacDonald

 

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Christian is the founder and Editor of Rock Paper Rock as well as a freelance concert and event photographer serving the Pacific Northwest and Beyond. He is a certified member of the PPA and Gold Level member of the CPS. He has recently began working with Mental Itch Records and has launched his own Photography website.


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