So this is not the typical music I play in the store, but Refused were a huge band in my life back in the day. They were one of the first hardcore/punk bands I fell in love with. Their album The Shape of Punk to Come was one of the most amazing albums I had ever heard - it came out in '98 but honestly, I don't think I found it until the early 2000's...in '98 I was definitely still listening to the boy bands. I wish I could say I was cooler than that but I most definitely wasn't.
When they announced their reunion tour and shows at Terminal 5 back in January or February, I felt like a kid in a candy store. Refused broke up right after the album came out - they actually broke up at a basement show in Harrisonburg, Virginia, where I went to college (and way before my time there). I found out today via FB that one of my friends was at that basement show (small world!).
Anyways, my friend Bridget and I got tickets and went last night and holy hell awesomeness, it was amazing. They sounded great, the crowd was so excited to just be there and the band seemed incredibly grateful for it. The last tour they did consisted of shows in basements and record stores to crowds of about 45 people. When the lead singer said it was 'fucking surreal' to be playing 2 sold out shows in NYC, you believed it.