The Used at The Observatory - 5.30.16

words + photos by Joe Cortez

The Used took over Santa Ana's Observatory this past Memorial Day for the first of a four night residency, featuring a performance of the band's first self titled debut album in its entirety. Not merely content to look back on their history, the band is also hitting the road supporting it's latest live release, "Live and Acoustic at the Palace" (available now via Hopeless Records).

The line outside the venue snaked and stretched into the parking lot for the sold out show. Fans barely contained their enthusiasm and it was clear this night meant something not just for fans in attendance but also the band itself. The Used is the kind of band that comes along once in a generation for those who connect with their emotionally charged and heartfelt rock. Although the band has seen lineup changes over the years, vocalist and songwriter Bert McCracken has forged an indelible bond with his fans over the years that has endured and seemed to only grow stronger as his fans grow up with him and new listeners are brought into the fold.

For all the riotous moshing and rebellious antics on display, The Used creates music that is incredibly heartfelt and earnest in its delivery and seeing them live was the perfect way to experience their sound. Check out my photos from the night below and for more on The Used be sure to visit and follow @wearetheused on Twitter.

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