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I love you.” This was first sentence that came out of frontman Bert McCracken’s mouth when the band sat for the press conference, and proceeded to greet every single person with it.
After eleven years together, The Used (in matching gold and black Used singlets) weren’t expected to have the same eager relish as the openers. However, four songs in, when Bert McCracken asked his “most hardcore” fan onstage to sing and dance to new track I Come Alive, it was clear their stage presence wasn’t lost with the singer’s drug use. After a kiss on his fan’s lips McCracken’s zealot was placed sidestage while drummer Dan Whitesides threw his first round of sticks into the crowd.
“I know it sounds crazy, but everyone shut their eyes and sit down if you dare,” said McCracken before Lies For The Liars. His vocals waned on this track but guitarists Jeph Howard and Quinn Allman had him covered.
Circle pit and wall of death requests were answered with anarchy as more than one crowd member fought their way out bloodied and smiling. “We don’t care how cool you are, we want everyone to feel like they can just be themselves and enjoy fucking rock ‘n’ roll music,” McCracken shouted.
Bringing attention to XYZ Network’s Marketing Director, McCracken prefaced the interlude of Nirvana’s Smells Like Teen Spirit with “Ben fucking Facey knows this song,” before final track Box Full.
The Used exceeded even the most ardent of fans’ expectations, bringing the evening to a close with a passionate crescendo. Playing an hour-long set, the band never wavered in their energy and intensity, playing hit after hit with their signature blend of emotion and aggression.