Berkley FYE is preparing for its next wildly popular, yet hyper-local show – the rock band The Used, which will give an intimate performance at the at 6 p.m. Saturday.
What’s even cooler is that the first 200 guests to buy The Used’s latest album, “Vulnerable,” get to meet them and get an autograph.
“We were approached to have The Used and we said, ‘Absolutely!’” explained Emma Arnott, assistant manager at FYE. “We have come to be a bit of a destination for these types of things.”
If last week was any indication, the place will be packed. More than 1,000 fans swarmed the Berkley FYE for the appearance of the young rap sensation Daniel “Diggy” Simmons, the son of the famed hip-hop artist and producer, Joseph “Rev. Run” Simmons.
Fans from Ohio, Illinois and even New York have already called in to secure their copy and wristband to meet The Used, according to Arnott. And, she says there’s quite a few more spots open to be one of the first 200. She thinks the rush will show up around 10 a.m. Saturday.
The Used will perform a short acoustic set from their new album that was released in March. As of now, this is their only stop in Michigan for a show and signing.
She said Diggy’s one-stop performance at FYE brought dozens of young, screaming girls, accompanied by their parents, of course, even shutting down the streets on either side of the store. Next week, the metal band from Toronto, My Darkest Days will be putting on a show at FYE.
“We’re hoping to get a lot more of this happening,” she said.
It’s all part of FYE’s larger corporate goal to bring in touring artists for signings and small performances. Arnott says for metro Detroit residents turning out to the Berkley location, it’s especially telling of the love for music.
“I think people are starting to come back to buying music again, especially as things ease up a bit with their wallets,” she said, adding that they have a particularly great vinyl section that brings music-lovers in, too. “We are a destination for them to come and get their music.