my First GIG

WHO: NIR­VANA, MUD­HONEY AND ARAGON BALL­ROOM, JAWBREAKER, CHICAGO,1993 NIR­VANA, MUD­HONEY JAWBREAKER? AND NOPE, JUST is THIS A DREAM LINE-UP? THE RISE AGAINST FRONT­MAN’S FIRST SHOW…

Kerrang! (UK) - - GIGS - RISE AGAINST TIM MCIL­RATH,

“I was 15 years old. My par­ents just trusted what was go­ing on, and let us go into the city. Nir­vana played two nights at the Aragon Ball­room, which is an amaz­ing venue that Rise Against would sub­se­quently play, but at the time I felt like I was in over my head – quite lit­er­ally as every­one was taller than me.

“Be­fore the show the crowd was this loose min­gling of peo­ple, but then as the bands started it just com­pressed, and in that mo­ment I re­alised, ‘Wow, I’m re­ally here.’

“This show was my in­tro­duc­tion to Jawbreaker. I was like, ‘Holy shit, this is an amaz­ing band!’ I al­ways think about that when we have bands open­ing up for Rise Against: for many nights on tour you’re play­ing to peo­ple that are see­ing their first ever show, and peo­ple al­ways re­mem­ber the open­ing band at their first-ever show.

“Nir­vana were ev­ery­thing I wanted them to be. They were on the In Utero tour, so had the huge an­gel things from the Heart-shaped Box video on­stage. Kurt Cobain was out of his mind but he sounded so good. I’d read later that he had his wife [Court­ney Love] and kid [Frances Bean Cobain] back­stage, which is some­thing I think about when I’ve been in that same venue with my fam­ily – it puts it into per­spec­tive.”

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