The Channel Art Pages | EDITORIAL LIST
The relativity and comfort that music gives us unites us all. It’s no more obvious than when you attend a concert or a festival. Crowds of people gather to listen to their favorite artists and share an experience they will remember for a lifetime. This week, The Channels editorial board writes about their favorite live-streaming experience.
Rodrigo HernandezChief Editor
My most memorable concert experience was going to the Pasadena Daydream Festival on August 31, 2019. Held at the Brookside Golf Course right next to the Rose Bowl, this festival featured a dream team of alternative artists including Mogwai, Deftones and Pixies, with The Cure headlining the evening. Each act put on an energetic show that captured the full attention and participation of the audience. So many unforgettable moments happened that night, including rushing the stage when Deftones arrived, moshing with Deftones fans on “Where Is My Mind?” by Pixies, and howling with The Cure fans when Robert Smith blessed the stage with his presence at the start of the opening chords of “Plainsong.” The Cure played a staggering two and a half hour set, well worth staying in the scorching sun for over eight hours. The first two hours were devoted mostly to deep cuts and fan favorites, such as “Fascination Street”, “Burn”, and “From the Edge of the Deep Green Sea”. After the first two hours, the band took a brief break, but the audience knew the show wasn’t over yet. The band came back on stage and Smith started saying the most Robert Smith thing I’ve ever heard in my life. After asking the audience how he felt, he said, “It’s true, that’s why I don’t talk on stage. How could I know how so many people feel?… I don’t even know how I feel. Which was followed soon after by “Anyway, Half an Hour of Popular Music”, to which the audience applauded with delight as he began “Lullaby”. This night was truly special and I will always cherish being able to see one of my favorite artists live as I hopped on “Boys Don’t Cry” for the closing song.
August Laurent, photo editor
When I saw the Raconteurs playing a downtown LA pickup show on social media for $20 a ticket, I knew I had to go. The show was in a 10ft by 10ft venue with no stage. I was so close to the group that I could have reached out and touched them. They played all my favorite songs, “Steady, As She Goes”, “Hands” and “Level” and I sang along with each of them. I loved this gig because of the intimacy and closeness. I have never been to a concert like this. Guitarist and lead vocalist Jack White screamed his soul out. Rhythm guitarist and vocalist Brandan Benson provided all the energy. Drummer Partick Keeler laid down the steady rock beat for the show and bassist Jack Lawrence provided the cool. I love The Raconteurs for their raw power and single hooks, which they didn’t fail to deliver.
Eric Evelhochsports writer
Sport and music are intimately linked.
For example, I always shake and shiver when I hear “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond because it reminds me of the Boston Red Sox. Pennywise’s “Bro Hymn Tribute” is more than a tribute song to a deceased member of the band, it’s a celebratory song to sing and sing along to when the Anaheim Ducks score a goal. I don’t go to a lot of gigs, but my favorite was a show with a band I discovered because a lot of their songs have become staples at sporting events – Metallica.
The “Death Magnetic Tour” in 2008 was the first time I had the chance to see them in person, and it was all the more special because it was also my first time at the Forum, which is home to so many Los Angeles’ iconic sporting moments. . It was also special because their album “Death Magnetic” marked a return to their roots and featured more of a thrashy metal feel and 80s song construction, as opposed to their more 90s radio hard rock sound. So that arena anthems like “Enter Sandman” and “Fuel” first caught my ear, these are the songs from their earlier releases like “The Four Horsemen,” “Orion,” “terrifying death,” and “The frayed ends of sanity” which made me become a fan of them for life.
As corny as it sounds, seeing James, Kirk, Lars and Rob experience two nights in a row on the ground for the first night and in the lodge for the second night is something I will always cherish. To hear them play many of their old songs alongside their mainstream hits, plus the album that erased the total disappointment of “St. in person. I hope the memory never fades to black.
Bianca AscensioFeature Editor
I’ve been going to concerts since 2008. My first gig was when I was 10 watching the Jonas Brothers at the Staples Center with my mom, dad, and brother Jacob. But my favorite gig has to be when my family and I got to see some of our favorite bands at one of our favorite venues. Last summer, Green Day, Fall Out Boy and Weezer embarked on the “Hella Mega Tour” and they made a stop at Blue Heaven on Earth, Dodger Stadium. I was so excited since I had seen Weezer in Santa Barbara before but never Fall Out Boy, one of my favorite bands growing up, and one of my family’s favorite bands, Green Day. Before the concert, my family and I went to our usual restaurant that we go to when we go to Chavez Ravine, the iconic ‘Rick’s’. “Switches” started the show with an energetic set. Of course I was hyped, sorry mum, when Weezer played a set of 17 songs including my favorites. “Buddy Holly”, “Endgame”, and “Say It Ain’t”. I agree with Weezer because all my favorite people drive me crazy, so crazy. Fall Out Boy kicked off their 15-song set with “The Phoenix,” but nothing could prepare me to hear my favorite song live. As soon as the drums started playing on “Sugar, We’re Goin Down”, the tears followed. I NEVER cry at concerts, not even when the Jonas Brothers came back after their “breakup”, but once I heard the song I was playing on repeat on my CD player, I couldn’t hold back my emotions. . I guess that’s why they call him emo. The emotions continued when Green Day came out and started their 21-song set with “American Idiot”, I felt it in my soul. But my favorite part of the concert was watching my parents dance to “Welcome to Paradise.” If there’s one thing my family loves, it’s going to concerts together to listen to our favorite songs. To my family and favorite bands, Thanks to Mmrs.