There’s something to be said for keeping the dream alive; charging through the trials and tribulations of a “here today, gone tomorrow” music industry climate, The Used carry on with their heads held high, with heavy hearts on tathered sleeves. Judging from the vibe in the room and the reaction from their more than adoring fans whom have stuck by their sides, I’d say all their hard work is paying off.
Touring in support of their latest studio offerings, “Vulnerable”, The Used appeared in fine form at Boston’s House of Blues on Saturday May 19, 2012. What has always separated The Used from many of their fallen or struggling brethren is that they are equal parts vulnerability and good humored, both in tone, lyric and stage presence. Their stage bore a banner of their most recent album cover, with giant NES (pardon me, geek moment, ‘old school Nintendo’) game controllers on both stage left and right. The band is precisely what their fans have always want and needed them to be, cathartic. Having it in you enough to stand up for yourself but not afraid to admit that you’ve been hurt. “If you want me back, you’re gonna have to ask”.
Throughout their set, the band played a small handful of selections from their new album, and like any good rock and roll band, played a healthy helping of fan favorites and classics. Old dogs may not necessarily be able to learn new tricks, but they don’t always have to.