Dayton, OH, Hara Arena, March 6, 2005

After what seems like playing megashow after megashow, The Used have finally made it to where they can headline their own megashow. And after playing so many Warped Tours and Projekt: Revolution shows, The Used seem to know how not to get one-upped by an opening act. After all, The Used have spent most of their time trying to be the one-upper. So, when The Used took the stage after six main stage acts and several acoustic stage acts, Bert McCracken and crew upheld their end of the bargain; something many bands seem to lose once becoming the headliner.

 

With the success of their debut records, all sorts of questions were raised about how the band got to where they were. Was a former girlfriend the reason? Well, the band's live performance and the heaviness of the second record (In Love and Death) should finally take any monkeys off the bands back. The Used have proven that emo is just not enough. The Used, and especially McCracken, are able to use the core of emo but build on it with layers of punk and metal that put the band above most others in their genre.

 

McCracken's ever-changing and cracking voice is also backed some very talented musicians. Unlike many bands who can do one thing very well, The Used are superb at a variance of sound and are not afraid to stray a bit off the path if it gets them to where it wants to go.

 

For Taste of Chaos, The Used were limited to an hour even as headliners, but they used every second of that time to prove why they are the top bill. Although there were many fresh bands opening that played their hearts out, The Used took the show to the final level and again competed and overtook any and all opposition.

 

With the music market looking for another arena-type touring band, The Used may have taken steps to become that band. Although still alternative enough, The Used are growing more and more mature and with that, can appeal to a wider audience. Although the crowd for Taste of Chaos was young, The Used seem to be growing our of the teen angst role model and are starting to make their way into a more diverse, heavy metal and alternative crowd.

 

This is also a band whose live show consists of quality music over quality antics. To become a mainstay in the industry, band with antics only last until antics become boring, but band with talent and a all-around show make it for years. The Used combine quality live music with heart-felt stage antics, and that blend can only lead a band to success as those skeptics who think The Used are an emo band for the teens, not musicians for the masses.

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