The Used Rocks a Sold Out Theater of the Living Arts

Words & Photos by Kevin Miller

This past Wednesday night was filled with nostalgia not only for me but all that attended and filled out the Theater of the Living Arts in Philadelphia. From their self-titled album and. seeing ” A Box Full Of Sharp Objects,” premier on TRL on MTV back in the day, I was instantly HOOKED on The Used. That video alone got me listening to them religiously as a teenager helping me through my teen angst, the album was ALWAYS on repeat. There was something about the band back then and their energy they had. Front-man, Bert McCracken, was a NUT back in the day and so fun to watch. Seeing them for the first time ever in 2003 in Asbury Park at the Vans Warped tour he gave me a lasting memory of climbing up to the top of the speakers and jumping into the crowd. At a young age, I never seen a performer quite like him. Fast forward 17 years later I was curious to what the band would bring to the table energy wise.

Anxious all day to just have the moment come where they took the stage, (listened to their music on repeat again for the week prepping myself for all the old anthems and new, as well as shooting my first show back on the east coast it kept me on the edge of my seat with anticipation) the lights dimmed and the crowd roared. There is just something about the east coast and rock shows because there was a buzz throughout that venue the whole night. Bert walked out on stage and started with a soft intro to “I’m Fake” and it couldn’t have set the show off any better!

Packed from wall to wall with barely any room to move in the crowd, all the Used fans that were close enough tried to get even closer, echoing every word coming from the stage. Mixing all the hit songs from the old days, and current jams like, Blow Me, the crowd never waivered. The constant energy that The Used had on stage back in the day still shined through 17 years later and it was reciprocated with the passionate crowd. This band never disappoints each album they have put out just shows their growth as musicians, and their set list alone is enough to show their fans they know what their followers want and they are there for one reason only, to rock out and have some fun in hopes that those on the other side of the barricade connect and have some type of release from all the bull crap going on in their own lives. Their set list is below if you are catching any of the future dates of this tour:

  1. I’m a Fake
  2. Take It Away
  3. The Bird and the Worm
  4. Empty with You
  5. Listening
  6. I Caught Fire
  7. Sound Effects and Overdramatics
  8. The Taste of Ink
  9. All That I’ve Got(Performed with Saxl Rose on saxophone)
  10. Buried Myself Alive
  11. Blow Me
  12. Wake the Dead
  13. Lunacy Fringe
  14. Pretty Handsome Awkward
  15. A Box Full of Sharp Objects

I am always anxious to see what they are going to do next. For those who were lucky enough to pay a fortune for My Chemical Romance tickets for their upcoming tour, you are going to get your money’s worth now with The Used opening up that tour. Full photo set below!

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