The Used @ Gramercy Theatre – Sold Out Performance!

Rachel RC Scott

Feb. 15th, 2020

The Used comes from the early 2000’s emo/pop-punk era; a band you would see tearing up the stage at the Vans Warped Tour along with big names like My Chemical Romance, Silverstein, and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and so many others. “This has been a dream of mine since I was a little boy…so, 20 years is f***ing insane!” Bert McCracken, lead vocalist, said at the end of the show. Has it really been that long? With their self-titled album released in 2002, you better believe it! The Used has spent the last 18 years making music about love, positivity, revolution, and big “eff you’s” to The Man; and they are still here, inspiring mosh pits and crowd surfers. Their USA tour will end in a couple of weeks, shortly before the release of the band’s 10th album, “Heartwork.”....Article on Live Music Favorites

The Used comes from the early 2000’s emo/pop-punk era; a band you would see tearing up the stage at the Vans Warped Tour along with big names like My Chemical Romance, Silverstein, and The Red Jumpsuit Apparatus, and so many others. “This has been a dream of mine since I was a little boy…so, 20 years is f***ing insane!” Bert McCracken, lead vocalist, said at the end of the show. Has it really been that long? With their self-titled album released in 2002, you better believe it! The Used has spent the last 18 years making music about love, positivity, revolution, and big “eff you’s” to The Man; and they are still here, inspiring mosh pits and crowd surfers. Their USA tour will end in a couple of weeks, shortly before the release of the band’s 10th album, “Heartwork.” Taking a moment alone on stage, Bert started the show under a single spotlight with the words, “Small, simple, safe price,” and immediately the audience became the chorus he needed to jump-start the show with ‘I’m a Fake.’ Power chords were accompanied by fantastic cross-shaped lights as the band rocked through classic numbers like, ‘I Caught Fire,’ ‘All That I’ve Got’ and ‘Listening.’ They even pulled out ‘The Taste of Ink,’ a major fan favorite. They also played a new single, ‘Blow Me.’ All the while, the packed, sold-out house sang every lyric with fists and horns raised. “We’re already on the My Chemical Romance tour!” proclaimed Bert in the middle of the show, and somehow that became the theme for what the year 2020 has in store for music. Of all the moments to bring you back to your High School days, it was not the mosh pits, or the familiar melodies, or even the band’s 120% energy level(an impressive feat, given that the band is now in their late 30s/early 40s). It was Bert’s proclamation. The audience in attendance was not young people for the most part. They were Millennials in their late 20s or 30s; adults that have grown from teen angst to grown people who refer to accomplishments as “adulting.” This year, many of the bands we grew up on are going on tour: My Chemical Romance, New Found Glory, Simple Plan, and even some older bands like Disturbed, Incubus and the undeniable Rage Against the Machine. This is why Bert’s proclamation was so important this past Tuesday night. 15-20 years ago, our generational revolution of Rock and Roll expressed the states of our mental health, and over apprehension of the status quo. So what’s changed in the past couple of decades? Not much, we just got older. Millennials may be adults now, but that does not mean we are too old for rock and roll. For the last 15-20 years, we have been learning, growing, and adapting to this crazy world full of empty promises and dying nature. However, our spirit is still vibrant, and this year is the revival of the music that molded us. The Used was only the beginning. So here is a call to arms for all you misfits, free spirits and headbangers. This is the year to go see all the bands you loved growing up because now you can (hopefully) afford it. Who knows when you’ll get the chance again. We are the Warped Tour Generation! We still deal with our mental health issues and feel perturb about the status quo. We still love video games, cartoons, and good-looking guys screaming at us in our headphones. We will reminisce about when the internet was new, and when MTV actually played music. If you care to find us, we will be in the most pits with horns and middle fingers raised, screaming “Eff You” to those who stand in the way of our progress. The Used’s new album called “Heartwork,” set to be released April 24th. https://theused.net/ https://www.facebook.com/TheUsed/ https://www.instagram.com/theused/