The Used came in to Chicago to perform 2 sold out shows in support of their 15th Anniversary tour at the House of Blues. I covered the latter of the 2 nights where they performed their album In Love and Death in its entirety along with a song from their 3rd album. The night was filled with a lot of great moments including a surprise wedding proposal that Bert McCracken helped make happen. The sincerity of Bert is something that sets him apart from others in the music industry. Throughout the show he would open up to the audience about his life and the struggles that he has endured and how he was able to over come them resulting in becoming a beacon of light and hope for his fans. He spoke at length about his addictions, and depression as well as being heartbroken and crushed from past relationships. You could hear and see the honesty through all of it. The emotion that this band brings now, which has a couple of newer members who replaced founding members, pours into the audience with such a force that fans are in almost a euphoric state. The highlights of the set list included “Take It Away”, “I Caught Fire”, “Light With a Sharpened Edge”, “I’m a Fake”, and “Pretty Handsome Awkward.”
The opening act, The New Regime, began the evening with some technical difficulties where power went out on the left side of the stage about 30 seconds into their first song. Frustration ensued, which in turn became humorous to the band. Fortunately the power was fixed rather quickly and the night wasn’t marred with any major set backs. The trio performed a solid set that fired up the crowd for The Used. Ilan Rubin helms the band and originally had been a drummer for acts like The Lost Prophets, Nine Inch Nails, Angels & Airwaves, and Paramore. Ilan’s talent is a sight to see. His onstage persona is one of a fun loving guy that truly belongs on stage performing. I look forward to seeing where this project goes in the future.
Here is the set of photos from the evening: