The Fill Ins are deeply saddened with the recent news of Tremont Music Hall. We have had so many amazing shows the past 2 years that have been hosted at Tremont and with a heavy heart, we will be exiting the building on December 19th for the last time. We would just like to thank Tremont and the staff for 20 years of helping keep music alive in Charlotte NC. Below is a statement from lead singer and guitarist Alex Stiff on this unfortunate situation.
"Well, since John Hayes has broken the news; Tremont Music Hall is closing its doors on December 19th 2015. This hits me on a personal level because Tremont Music Hall was the first music venue I visited as a child (Seeing ANTiSEEN for the first time around the age of 8 and Jeff Clayton road out on a riding lawn mower for the first part of the set! Haha). I remember that place fondly as a child not living in Charlotte because of the niceness of the staff toward a child like me and how everyone acted like a family.
When my band The Fill Ins first started playing seriously again in 2013; Lisa, John and the rest of the Tremont staff jumped right on it and wanted us to play our debut “return” show with them (after an unannounced warm up show at The Milestone, filling in for a band that could not play the event) and once again, we were met with open arms and they held us close for the next 2 years, giving us so many opportunities at opening for great national bands that I got to grow up listening to.
With so many great venues in Charlotte, you really have to work hard to set yourself apart from the herd; Tremont and their staff proved this time and time again and always treated every person that walked in that door with the same respect; regardless who you were.
Growing up as kid going to shows with my mother Rebecca and on into my teens, I got to see so many great bands on those 2 stages. Speaking of the ANTiSEEN show; that was the same show that Jeff Clayton (vocals for ANTiSEEN) pulled me on stage for Beat on The Brat, sitting me on his shoulders and waving around a barbed wire bat. After he released me and I went running back to my mother, I swore to myself I would be on that stage preforming MY music and having people go crazy for ME; just like all the other bands I would see on that stage in the coming years.
Tremont was the reason I made the final decision to move back to Charlotte. The family and I had been living in Roanoke VA for a few years now and I had been wanting to move back to Charlotte once I was old enough (I was 17 at the time) and I had told myself that if the girl I want to be with shows up and we have a good night, then I will move back. We met for the first time in that parking lot that night for the GBH / ANTiSEEN show of 2010 and we would eventually get engaged. Even though that relationship did not last, Tremont provided a “house” for myself and my family / friends to meet and connect like no other venue has.
Tremont also holds the memories of so many fallen heroes of the music world. Chris Radock’s photos grace the walls everywhere you look, the first Chris Peigler memorial show was hosted and packed to the gills at Tremont after his passing, and within walls that have deafening noise; Joe Young’s memorial service was held to a group of Tremont and ANTiSEEN family and there wasn’t a dry eye in the room. We are family and Tremont was our home. Countless memories and moments in my life have been captured inside that building and it’s hard to come to terms with the fact those memories will be locked away inside that venue and will no longer accessible in the coming year.
As much as I hate to see it go, its going to be exciting to see the direction the music scene takes with one of the oldest venues in this town no longer being a part of Charlotte’s music scene in 2016.
Let’s take this time to show our appreciation to John and the Tremont staff and give them a huge hug and a heartfelt THANK YOU next time any of you see them for helping keep music alive in Charlotte for the past 20 years.
Thank you John / Tremont staff past and present. You will never know how much each one of you have meant to me and my band all these years and Tremont will live on forever in the hearts of each band that has had the privilege of stepping foot on that stage."