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Six Videos Of Bands’ First Shows

Brii Jamieson
Brii Jamieson 18 January 2019 at 15.43

Because even the biggest bands in our world started somewhere.

Maybe it's the 10 Year Challenge that has us feeling nostalgic, or maybe we're just in the mood for a throwback. Either way, let's take a look back at some of the very early, formative performances of some of the biggest bands in our world. Starting with...

PANIC! AT THE DISCO
We're taking a trip back in time to 2004 with this one. Before Panic! At The Disco's debut album 'A Fever You Can't Sweat Out' was even released, the Panic! lads were out on the road, building hype.

This particular video isn't technically their first show, but it's a very very early one at Milwaukee's Rave Bar in September 2005- four days ahead of the release of 'Fever'.

This video shows a very young Brendon Urie, Ryan Ross, Spencer Smith and Brent Wilson playing 'The Only Difference Between Martyrdom And Suicide Is Press Coverage' to an excited crowd of 500 people.

It's very charming, and you could already see the potential, even before their debut release.

BLINK-182
Full disclosure, this isn't technically the first Blink-182 show- but it is the first Blink-182 show with Travis Barker on the drums. 

The quality of the video may be as if it was filmed on a toaster, and it may be watermarked with the classic 90s 'OUR VACATION' along the bottom, but it's an important moment in the history of Blink-182.

Posted to facebook with the caption "A jewel: The first show with Travis Barker as an official member of Blink-182", the video was shot on June 15, 1998 and features the band playing their classic 'Josie'.

NECK DEEP
In December (Again) Neck Deep turned six years old! That's right, December 03 2018 marked six years since their first live show. 

While we weren't personally there to witness the magic, fortunately someone filmed 'I Couldn't Wait To Leave 6 Months Ago' for us to all watch, six years later:

MY CHEMICAL ROMANCE
Believe it or not, there was actually a moment when My Chemical Romance weren't one of the biggest bands in the world. 

They come from humble beginnings, but you can just tell they were always going to be massive. You can tell that, even 16 years ago, at one of their tiny hometown shows in New Jersey.

A video of one of their first shows has surfaced on YouTube, and it's incredible for a number of reasons.
01. Gerard and Mikey Way's mum and grandma were both there, at a punk show.
02. This show was at Maxwell's in Hoboken- a venue they revisited to film 'The Black Parade Is Dead'.
03. Frank Iero's dreadlocks
04. This all pre-dates 'Three Cheers For Sweet Revenge'.

Fortunately someone had the incredible foresight to film the entire show. We are truly blessed.

The show in question went down on August 16, not even one month after the release of My Chemical Romance's debut album 'I Brought You My Bullets, You Brought Me Your Love'.

GREEN DAY
Now, Green Day have been a band since 1986 (that's 33 years!) so it stands to reason that literal decades ago, they were probably playing some smaller rooms. 

So as a bit of a throwback, check out Green Day playing the Wheatsheaf Pub in Stoke-on-Trent back in 1991, only five days following the release of 'Kerplunk'.

FALL OUT BOY
Before they were one of the biggest bands in our world and before they were selling out arenas, Fall Out Boy were a scrappy pop-punk band from Chicago. 

A video of one of the earliest recorded performances from Fall Out Boy shows the lads on the line-up for a benefit gig raising funds for the Chicago Bully Breed Rescue back in 2002.

This performance pre-dates the release of 'Fall Out Boy's Evening Out With Your Girlfriend' by four months, and 'Take This To Your Grave' by six months. So this is truly an important moment in the history of Fall Out Boy.

While not the highest quality video, it's a pretty damn charming look at Fall Out Boy from 16 years ago.

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