The Used 15th Anniversary Tour w/ The New Regime at the Santa Ana Observatory on May 30th, 2016 Words and Photos by Summer Dos Santos
The first of four nights at the Santa Ana Observatory, fans of the rock outfit The Used were bracing themselves for a night they wouldn't forget. Having already seen The Used in the same venue last year, I knew what to expect. Or so I thought.
The opener, The New Regime is the solo act of Ilan Rubin. Rubin has an already illustrious resume at the ripe age of 27. He's played drums with the likes of the Lostprophets, Nine Inch Nails, Angels & Airwaves, and even Paramore. Rubin also holds a Guinness World Record for youngest artist to ever play on the Woodstock stage. His live talent is even more incredible than his achievements on paper. Anyone can hear the audible influences from the bands he's performed with, creating a hard, progressive rock sound all his own. It's hard to entertain a crowd of diehard fans that were unaware of the fact that there was an opener, much less hold the attention of a crowd that is anxiously awaiting to hear such an established band as the Used play. Rubin managed to not only entertain but excite the crowd too. Between the humorous banter about sharing similar looks to Kylo Ren & Jon Snow, Rubin shimmied across the stage while simultaneously shredding on his guitar.
After The New Regime left the stage, fans began to squeeze into every open space on the floor, awaiting to sing their lungs out to the Used's first, self-titled album. Only one song in and a girl against the barrier was bleeding profusely from her eye and forehead. She fainted and there was a collective effort to push back the crowd and stop the crowd surfers, so that the security could focus their efforts on getting the girl to safety. After two songs, all the photographers were escorted out of the pit due to safety concerns. After realizing how full the photo pit was, it was clear that the fans weren't the only ones ecstatic to see the Used perform. Their undying love for the band was evident and Bert certainly reciprocated that feeling. During "On My Own", McCracken became overwhelmed with emotion and had to pause before starting to sing again. Nearly every person in the venue was singing the songs word-for-word and it was evident that I wasn't the only one waiting years for a night like this to happen.
If you missed the first two nights, The Used will be performing their first two albums again at the Santa Ana Observatory on June 4th & 5th.