The Used played a maniacal show in San Diego on Friday.
It being the first stop on their 2015 tour with Every Time I Die, Marmozets, and The Eeries, The Used made sure the night was an homage to all kinds of alternative music, from classic rock to hardcore punk.
The Eeries opened the show, flipping their long hair around the stage. Their music veered more towards classic rock, and they had the image to match.
Next up were Marmozets, a band hailing from the UK, and they definitely did not disappoint. Lead singer Becca Macintyre sang and screeched to some devoted fans — who sang back to her with equal vengeance. By the time Marmozets finished their set, the energy at House of Blues had begun to escalate, and it exploded by the time Every Time I Die took the stage.
There has never been such a band that is so in sync at House of Blues as Every Time I Die, with each member evoking a certain sense of chaos and madness through their music. Lead guitarist Jordan Buckley jumped, leapt, and dove into the crowd, taking every opportunity to unleash himself on stage. Vocalist Keith Buckley did nothing but screech and scream, never stopping for a single moment. Before The Used took to the stage, Every Time I Die were the band to top that night.
However, The Used’s set and lighting alone blew away the rest of the night’s bands. Two towering stacks of old televisions and strobes accented the alternative, metal sounds that The Used brought to the stage. Vocalist Bert Mccracken brought lots of drama and adrenaline to the show, and he evoked the sounds of Rage Against the Machine at the end of the set. The Used showed San Diego that rock isn’t dead, and they left everyone in awe by the end of the night.