Popular rock group returns to Trackside

In a scene not common to Wilton, by 11 Sunday morning, June 30, lines began to stretch down the sidewalk at Trackside Teen Center. The doors wouldn’t open until 6:30, but by many accounts the wait was well worth it.

The Old Soul Co. had finally brought the popular rock band, The Maine (wearethemaine.net), back to Trackside for a very special night.

After playing some of their first ever shows at Trackside seven years ago, The Maine made its highly anticipated return with a special cast of friends in the bands Brighten, This Century, and A Rocket to the Moon.

On their Twitter feed that night, the band said: Playing Trackside Teen Center in Wilton, Connecticut tonight! This is where we played our first out of state shows. We looked like this when Brighten brought us here for the first time in 2007. Very excited to be back, going to be a special show.

Now in the middle of their international “8123” tour, and selling out major venues in cities like Boston and New York — and dates set for Australia, Germany and the United Kingdom — the bands returned to their roots for an intimate, homecoming show at Trackside. The sold-out crowd reveled in every moment spent with the ever-rising stars. One fan tweeted, “This is the best night of my life.”

For the young audience, it was a night to remember as the band members wandered through the crowd, signed autographs, and even enjoyed a photobooth with many of the fans.

Despite their name, The Maine formed in January 2007 in Tempe, Ariz. Their first full-length album, “Can’t Stop Won’t Stop,” was released in 2008. This was followed by “Black and White” in 2010 and “Pioneer” in 2011. The band also released a documentary, “Anthem for A Dying Breed,” on their experience in breaking away from their record label.

The Maine released its fourth full-length album in June called, “Forever Halloween.”

Band members include Pat Kirch on drums, Kennedy Brock on guitar, Garrett Nickelsen on bass, Jared Monaco on guitar and John O’Callaghan on vocals.